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Roots Reinvented in Mali & Egypt

Grammy nominated ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate and his 8 piece band Ngoni Ba wowed the crowd recently at Lincoln Center. Ngoni Ba re-wired the ancient ngoni to create a dense, 21st century sound. We’ll hear the concert and talk with Bassekou about hunters, his precocious son, and his future plans. We hear a very different take on the ngoni from Sidi Touré who made his U.S. debut recently at BAM in Brooklyn. Sidi Touré also has the honor of being the first artist here from the legendary city of Gao in northern Mali, the seat the ancient Songhai empire. Then we go to Egypt to hear how artists from Port Said are making new music for instruments that go back to the time of the Pharoahs. [Produced by Sean Barlow. Originally aired 11-09-2011]

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  • Gonzafra

     I would like to find and purchase the second to last track on this program, but I don’t know how to spell the name of the album/group.  Arwah?  Aarwah?  Arawa?  Please help . . .

  • Gonzafra

    I guess no one ever checks these comments or cares about them. Great.

    • Afropop Worldwide

      Sorry it took us such a long time to respond to you! We’re a pretty small staff and sometimes things slip past us. The title of the album is Arwaah, and it was put out by the El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk Music. [ ]