Thomas Mapfumo – The Lion of Zimbabwe – Podcast 10

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Thomas Mapfumo - Photo by George Estreich

Thomas Mapfumo, of Zimbabwe, is a revolutionary musician in every sense of the word.  Musically, his band was one of the first to experiment with combining the mbira (thumb piano) and electric guitars and he was the first to put his own lyrics to traditional Shona melodies.  Politically,  these songs became the anthems of the freedom fighters during White minority rule.

When the revolution succeeded and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, he continued to be a gadfly.  He questioned the integrity of Robert Mugabe and the current government.  He now lives in exile and while immensely popular his music is banned in the country where he is most beloved.

Music From Samoa – Podcast 9

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A couple recordings I made with a mini-disc recorder in Independent Samoa in 2002 0r 2003.  Every Samoan can sing, if you started to sing a song on a public bus everyone would join you.  The houses have thatched roofs and walls of woven leaves that are folded up during the daytime so the breeze sweeps through.   Here are some pics: the father and son are from the Falonga Bay village in Upolo, where I recorded the outstanding youth chours.

Falonga Bay, Upolo, Samoa

 

Oud Summit: Brandon Terzic’s Xalam Project and Negar Bouban – Podcast 8

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Brandon Terzic’s Xalam Project and Negar Bouban

This special show features an Oud Virtuoso from Tehran, Negar Bouban, and an Oud Virtuoso based in New York, Brandon Terzic. They met and played together for the first time live on the air for this show.  Brandon also brought his amazing band, Xalam Project.      Xalam’s line-up that evening was Luke Notary and Matt Kilmer on Percussion, Matt Darriau on winds and sax, Ethan Mees on Bass and Brandon on the Oud.

Kojiro Umezaki- Shakuhachi – Live Performance and interview

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Kojiro Umezaki at WKCR

Kojiro Umezaki – Shakuhachi-

Live Performance and Interview

This podcast features live performances and interview with Kojiro Umezaki, who plays the Japanese Zen instrument, the shakuhachi, a bamboo flute.  While Kojiro performs the instrument traditionally, he is also experimenting with some new directions in music. Kojiro designs computer programs so that during performances the programs will generate sounds that react to his flute playing in the moment.  We’ll hear live performances with and without this technology and learn a lot about the history of this amazing instrument.

Kojiro Umezaki performs regularly with the Grammy-nominated Silk Road Ensemble and has recorded on the Sony BMG, World Village, and Smithsonian Folkways labels.

The Source feat. Abdoulaye Diabate, Live Performance and interview with Sylvain Leroux

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Abdoulaye Diabate

Live Performance from the Source featuring Abdoulaye Diabate, plus a demonstration of the fula flute and interview with the founder of the Source, Sylvain Leroux.

This episode features a demonstration of one of the signature techniques of the Fula Flute by Sylvain Leroux and a live performance recorded at the Zinc Bar by Erik Gunderson and originally aired on WKCR when Sylvain was my guest.

The lineup on the recording is

Sylvain Leroux -Fula Flute, Western flutes and Saxophone

Abdoulaye Diabate – Guitar and vocals

Bailo Bah – Fula Flute

Abdoulaye Alhassane – guitar

Mamadou Ba – Bass

Emi Yabuno – Keys

Sean Dixon – Drums

You can catch the Source the first Friday of the month and the Zinc Bar on 3rd street between Sullivan and Thomson in the West Village.   Sylvain also has an exciting show coming up for the River to River festival on June 25 with his Fula Flute Ensemble.

Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures, Live Performance and Interview- Podcast 4

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Live performance and interview from Adam Rudolph.

Adam Rudolph is a master percussionist,  pioneer of world music, and creative music visionary.  He came to the radio station to celebrate the release of his new album Both/And by his group Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures with the Organic Orchestra Strings.  He also was kind enough to share an exclusive perfomance recorded live by Moving Pictures at the Painted Bride in 2010.

The line-up for the live performance featured here, and the new album is:

Adam Rudolph – handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb piano, bata (itotele), mouth bow, percussion

Ralph M. Jones – hulusi, bass clarinet, alto and c germanic flutes, soprano and tenor saxophones, bamboo trumpet, bamboo flutes

Joseph Bowie – trombone, organic/electronics, vocal, harmonica, congas, bamboo trumpet, percussion

Graham Haynes – cornet, flugelhorn, bamboo trumpet, percussion

Brahim Fribgane – oud, cajon, bendir, tarija, percussion

Kenny Wessel – electric and acoustic guitars, banjo

Jerome Harris – acoustic bass guitar, slide guitar, vocal

Matt Kilmer – frame drums, kanjira, bata (okonkolo), percussion

Many thanks to Adam for sharing this amazing performance with us!