Jahkey B., a musician and producer, has dedicated over a decade of his life to recording the music of Shamans of the Amazon. He came to WKCR recently with many of these recordings, some which have never been officially released. We’ll hear music from Don Solon Tello, Don Guillermo Ojanama and Jose Campos (aka Don Evangelino Murayay) curanderos of a lineage of traditional healing that spans hundreds of years. You can learn more about Jahkey and the albums at http://mamancuna.com/sounds/
Later in part 2 of this podcast – we’ll be joined by 2 musicians who perform live on the same show, Grammy Award winner Jeff Peterson of Hawaii and violinist Frederika Krier. Jeff and Jahkey will talk about the relationship between the roots music of Hawaii and the Amazonian sounds – there’s quite a connection.
Cosmas Magya is a master of the Mbira ( a type of thumb piano) from the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe. Here he performs and explains the way the instrument is used in ceremonies to contact ancestors. We’ll also hear a track he recorded with another powerful Mbira player and vocalist Beauler Dyoko.
Oran Etkin is a Grammy Nominated clarinetist and saxophone player, who has been making waves with his band Kelenia which combines his love of jazz and the music of West Africa. Featured in this live performance is Lionel Loueke of Benin, West Africa, one of the most exciting jazz musicians today. He’s been playing with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and coming out with amazing albums for Blue Note.