May 16, 2000 Charles de Ledesma reviews a new CD from Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, called Joko. Ledesma says the album is a bit of a hybrid, with half the songs based in the classic tradition of West African music, and the other half with a more pop and hip-hop music sound.
April 11, 2000 Music reviewer Charles de Ledesma reviews the CD Outro Lado by the band Zuco 103. They are a trio from Amsterdam, headed by a Brazilian musician named Lillian Viera. She and her band incorporate the traditional musical forms of Brazil — bossa nova and samba — with electronica, funk and jazz. They are at the forefront of a musical movement in Europe called "NU Brazilian", which features this hybrid sound of European dance music and Brazilian rhythms.
March 28, 2000 Banning Eyre reviews the new CD Eco de Sombras by Susana Baca. Considered by many to be the latest world music "diva", Baca is from Lima, Peru and her songs come out of a rich Afro-Peruvian music tradition. This is a tradition that has been largely ignored in Peru, and the musicians there who do play this material have had to act almost as archaeologists, locating songs, rebuilding old instruments, recreating a style.
March 19, 2000 Julian Crandall Hollick remembers Indian music teacher Santidev Ghose, who died last year at the age of 90. Ghose was one of the last living links to one of the great cultural icons of the 20th century - Rabindranath Tagore.
February 4, 2000 Noah speaks with Balwant Dixit, an Indian music promoter about Usted Allarakha Khan, the famous Indian tabla player, who died yesterday at the age of 81. Allarakha elevated this two drum instrument and widened the popularity of classical Indian music around the world in his performances with sitar player Ravi Shankar.
January 18, 2000 Banning Eyre reviews the new CD Bilbao Zero Hour by Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera. Junkera has invited musicians from all around the world to join him on a recording that went gold in Spain. It's now become available in this country. (3:30) The CD is Bilbao Zero Hour by Kepa Junkera. It is on Alula Records. For more information call 1-800-932-5852 .
November 7, 1999 The Cuban singer had retired from singing in the early 1990s, until record producers Ry Cooder, Nick Gold and Cuban bandleader Juan de Marco Gonzalez rediscovered him during the making of the 1999 documentary Buena Vista Social Club. Here, he discusses his long and eventful career in music.
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October 19, 1999 Wim Wenders' documentary about Cuban music, Buena Vista Social Club, has raised interest in the traditional son style — both in the U.S. and at home, where the film wasn't even released.
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September 18, 1999 Scott talks with Professor Carol Babiracki about a new guide to North Indian music.
July 27, 1999 Banning Eyre reviews the first international release by Malian singer Kandia Kouyate. She is a "griot" singer, entrusted with the oral history of her people. On this wide-ranging recording, Kouyate sings some traditonal material, but also shows off her powerful voice in her first departure into dance and pop music.
January 19, 1999 Banning Eyre reviews Fabrication Defect, a new CD from Brazilian singer/composer Tom Ze. Ze was part of a cultural and musical movement in the 60s in Brazil called "Tropicalia," but while others involved — like Caetano Veloso — went on to stardom, Ze drifted into obscurity. In the late 80s, David Byrne went out in search of Ze, and got him back into music. This is Ze's 2nd recording since Byrne "rediscovered" him. Eyre says Ze continues to shine as a fresh and inventive pop composer.
October 8, 1998 Host Renee Montagne talks with members of the band, Los Super Seven. The Mexican-American super group, composed of members of Los Lobos as well as Tejano singer Ruben Ramos, country-pop star Freddy Fender, and Joe Ely, came together to play the music they remember from their youth, growing up along Texas border towns. (7:08) [CD is Los Super Seven, on RCA Records] Due to Internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form .
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