June 27, 2002 Mondo Head is the latest release from the Japanese Taiko drumming ensemble Kodo. The CD was produced by Grammy-award winning musician and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. Reviewer Banning Eyre says the release is a much more spontaneous recording than Kodo's previous releases, and it features a much denser array of sounds. Mondo Head is published by Red Ink. ASIN: B0000641BD
June 21, 2002 Host John Ydstie talks with violinist David Harrington and producer Gustavo Santaolalla about a new CD by the Kronos Quartet called Nuevo. The CD is a musical portrayal of life in Mexico. Members of the Kronos Quartet use their instruments to mimic the sounds of accordions, guitars and even brass with the help of Santaolalla. They play Mexican music that is both traditional and contemporary.
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May 30, 2002 Liane Hansen talks to Eliza Gilkyson about her new CD, Lost and Found. Gilkyson has spent 30 years in the music business, and the CD reflects her long experience as a songwriter. There is a song written for her father, who was also a songwriter, and the album closes with a hymn-like piece, "Riverside," that reflects the turn of the millennium and Sept. 11. (7:30) The CD is on Red House Records. Catalog # RHR CD 162. See http://www.elizagilkyson.com/.
May 19, 2002 For his feature Director's Cuts, NPR's Ned Wharton looks at two CDs that highlight the role of producer as auteur: a tribute to the late Serbian-born Suba, who produced Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo; and a disc called Assembly — a collaboration between guitarist/producer Michael Brook and Tanzanian musician Hukwe Zawose. On Weekend Edition Sunday.
April 17, 2002 West African singer Angelique Kidjo has been gaining fans on the international music scene for more than 10 years. Banning Eyre reviews her latest CD, Black Ivory Soul.
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April 3, 2002 A CD from Mali's Issa Bagayogo attempts to combine traditional African roots music and modern pop sounds into songs that don't sound like throbbing dance-club tunes. Reviewer Banning Eyre says Timbuktu strikes a magical balance between roots authenticity and 21st century hip.
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March 24, 2002 Weekend Edition Sunday's Ned Wharton is back with his latest samplings of cutting edge music. This time around, hear the music of Neil Finn, John McLaughlin's Remember Shakti and Monty Alexander.
March 15, 2002 Known as a traditional Irish band, Solas decided to try something new on its latest CD: blending traditional Celtic music with more contemporary songs from Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and others. They recently visited NPR to perform songs from their new CD, The Edge of Silence. (Shanachie Re
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February 12, 2002 Banning Eyre reviews the new live CD from Hakim, one of Egypt's most popular young singers. Hakim is known to his fan as the "Lion of Egypt." He recorded "The Lion Roars: Live in America in New York early last year. (4:00) The CD is on the Mondo Melodia label.
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January 3, 2002 NPR's Kate Seeyle reports on Algeria's homegrown music known as "Rai" — North Africa's version of rhythm and blues — that has survived despite attempts by Islamic fundamentalists to stamp it out.
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November 19, 2001 NPR's Renee Montagne talks with Elijah Wald. He's a musician who's spent years researching Mexican "narco-corrido" music — ballads made from combining waltzes with border music that celebrate the lifestyle of borderland drug traffickers.
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October 27, 2001 Scott talks with members of the Bang on a Can All Stars, who are hosting their 14th annual musical marathon at the Brooklyn Academy of Music tomorrow. Featured is Burmese percussionist Kyaw Kyaw Naing and his one-man drum circle.
September 30, 2001 Liane Hansen speaks with Lebanese violinist Claude Chalhoub. His debut self-titled cd, which mixes Eastern, Western and classical traditions, is on the Teldec label (Teldec 8573-83039-2).
September 21, 2001 NPR's Ivan Watson report on the music of Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour. N'Dour has been performing for over three decades, and the social commentaries in his songs continue to strike a chord with people of all age. (5:44
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August 29, 2001 The first group of artists inducted into the Latin Music Hall of fame included Carlos Jobim, Perez Prado, and Joao Gilberto.
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