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.
Famoro Dioubate is a master of the balafon from Guniea, West Africa. He performs live on the radio with Yacouba Cissoko on kora, Raul Rothblatt on cello and Sean Dixon on drums. We also hear him with his full ensemble Kakande. Famoro is djele, or griot, and his family have been an unbroken chain of musician/historians for almost 800 years.