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.
A live set from the David Rogers and Kairos, an all-star band featuring Kenny Wessel, guitar; Sylvain Leroux, flutes, Matt Pavolka, Bass and Rob Garcia on Drums recorded a couple months ago at WKCR. Also a live recording from the Bernard Woma Ensemble on Jumbie Records. David Rogers is an artist who lived and studied in West Africa for many years and his music is deeply informed by those grooves and his jazz roots. Bernard Woma is a master of the gyil, the wooden xylophone of northern Ghana. He is the master drummer of the Ghana Dance Ensemble, Ghana’s National Dance Company and keeps a busy schedule on 3 continents.