2012-01-13 Music of the Kora (West African Harp)

Prompted by a new CD release and a local concert tomorrow, we explored the many sounds of the West African kora today — a harp that’s been used in classical Jali (griot) music as well as in global fusions with other instruments. In the second hour of the show, new releases and concert previews. And congrats to the listeners who won tickets to see Erev Rav and Vagabond Opera — I’ll see you at the show.

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Hour 1
Mamadou Diabate “Humanity” from Courage on world village

Nathalie Cora “L’harmattan” from Petite Terre on Nathalie Cora

Jack de Johnette and Foday Musa Suso “Ocean Wave” from Music from the Hearts of the Masters on Kindred Rhythm

Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan, Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Mamadou Diabate “Nyanafi (excerpt)” from Strings Tradition on Felmay

Argile “Kinkeliba” from Filefola on Fuego

Kevin Brown & Moussa Kouyate “The Thorn” from Kora Blues on Doodah records

Ballake Sissoko / Vincent Segal “Mako Mady” from Chamber Music on Six Degrees

Prince Diabate “Voyageur (Mid-Eastern Fusion)” from New Life on Sunrise Records

Mandingo Griot Society “Africa” from Mandingo Griot Society on flying fish

Hour 2
Kora Jazz Band “Mandjou” from And Guests on Celluloid

The Kora Band “Serifu Sidi” from Cascades on OA2 Records

Sean Gaskell “Apollo” from Kora Music of West Africa on self-released

Afro Celt Sound System “Sene (Working the Land)” from AnaTomic on Real World Records

Banda Black Rio “Final Feliz” from Super Nova Samba Funk (Deluxe Edition) on Far Out Recordings

VAGABOND OPERA “Hanumonsoon” from Sing for Your Lives on Vagabond Opera Records

Ramon Isidro Cabrera “El Chivo sin Ley” from Bachata Roja: Amor y Amargue on iASO

Arnito “Walai” from Musiques de mon monde on self-released

Lo Cor de la Plana “Bosin” from Tant Deman on Buda Musique

Polyrhythmics “Bear Claw” from Labrador on Polyrhythmics

Polyrhythmics “The Revenge of the Sneaky Spider” from Labrador on Polyrhythmics

Leni Stern “I Was Born (Ibe Keneya)” from Sabani on Leni Stern Recordings

Novalima “Hotel BCN” from Karimba on ESL Music

AfroCubism “Djelimady Rumba” from AfroCubism on Nonesuch

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