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Béla Fleck’s excellent adventure

Before it was Béla Fleck’s current tour, Throw Down Your Heart was a documentary film, an album, and the album’s title track. The subtitle on the film’s website is “Bela Fleck brings the banjo back to Africa.” What he got in return, apparently, is a wonderfully diverse group of musical interlocutors. Last week, thanks to […]

Tagged Africa, Bela Fleck, crossover music, Kenya, Madagascar

Motion and Emotion

One of the more impressive classical music-focussed blogs that I follow is On An Overgrown Path. A recent entry about Byzantine mosaics and frescoes in the Chora Church in Istanbul has, in addition to some gorgeous pictures, a link to a video of oud player Rahim AlHaj on YouTube. At the end he says the […]

Tagged Bach, Beethoven, classical music, Glenn Gould, jazz, Louis Armstrong, Rahim AlHaj, world music