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March 13, 2014 Loueke is one of the most distinctive artists on the world-music scene. Loueke gets African-style rhythms going, tapping on his guitar and using his effects pedals at the Kennedy Center.
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The Lionel Loueke Trio.
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January 1, 2011 Ten years ago, a vocalizing guitarist from Benin, a bassist born in Sweden and raised in Italy, and a drummer from Hungary met at Berklee College of Music. In the over 10 years since, they've developed an incredible rapport.
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April 28, 2010 On Lionel Loueke's newest record, Mwaliko, he and drummer Marcus Gilmore get together to jam on Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti." When he played for NPR Music, he called the tune again. Here is the audio from that performance.
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April 26, 2010 Listen to any Lionel Loueke record long enough and you'll wonder, "How did he make that noise?" When the unusual jazz guitarist and his drummer showed up for a video performance at the NPR Music offices — literally with bells on — they helped answer that question.
March 11, 2010 The jazz guitarist draws on an extremely wide range of styles. From bebop to Brazilian rhythms to lyrical ballads to sounds from his native Benin, Loueke's latest album, Mwaliko, showcases the artist's inventive take on jazz.
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The title of Lionel Loueke's new album, Mwaliko, is Swahili for "invitation."
February 1, 2010 Loueke is a jazz guitarist and vocalist. But if you've never heard him, his music sounds nothing like the work of the crooning strummer that description conjures. Hear his new album of spare yet intimate duos and trios, Mwaliko, in its entirety prior to its commercial release on Feb. 9.
June 5, 2008 The African guitarist and his international trio (drummer from Hungary and bassist from Italy via Sweden) have been performing together for eight years. Their latest album, Karibu, is an eloquent fusion of jazz and Afro influences.
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March 25, 2008 He's one of New York's top jazz guitarists, but Lionel Loueke grew up in the West African nation of Benin. Since he left, he has forged a unique sound which draws from the traditional music of his youth.
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