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Beneath the Music: An African History of Bass

This week, Afropop celebrates one of the true unsung heroes of African music: the bass. Join us as we slap, pop and thump our way across the African diaspora with our ears tuned to those fat sounds beneath the music and the funky players who make them. Our tour of the global low end will begin with an exploration of virtuosic bass wizardry in Cameroon. Then we go to Cuba to find out how bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez invented mambo with the well-placed pluck of a finger. After that, a stop in Detroit to hear how the innovations of funk bass playing got the whole world dancing. Special guests include Cameroon native Richard Bona, thought by some to be the best bassist alive today, and Bakithi Kumalo, one of Africa’s premier bassists, and the man behind the groove on Paul Simon’s Graceland. Produced by Marlon Bishop.

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  • numediaweb

    Thanks you guys for this great program and all the African-juicy-fresh sounds you spread through the air!

  • MJ

    Oh my! Afropop Worldwide is always a musical adventure with lessons of a scope can be found nowhere else, embracing high, low and blended cultures as Duke Ellington said, If if sounds good, it IS good! But this program on the bass line was just a beautiful, insightful revelation. Thank you so much!