Vusi Mahlasela http://redriverradio.org en Savannah Music Festival: Bela Fleck Africa Project, Episode Two http://redriverradio.org/post/savannah-music-festival-bela-fleck-africa-project-episode-two-0 <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Thursday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m.&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Part Two of Two: Banjoist </span>Bela<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Fleck performs alongside exceptional African musicians such as </span>Toumani<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Diabate<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Vusi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Mahlasela<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>D'Gary<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Anania<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Ngoliga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and others. Recorded at the Trustees Theater during the Savannah Music Festival. &nbsp;</span>Bela<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Fleck is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. While he is probably best known for his group The </span>Flecktones<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, his musical projects have included straight-ahead and progressive bluegrass, as well as collaborations with jazz pianist Chick </span>Corea<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, and Indian </span>tabla<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> master </span>Zakir<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Hussain<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, among others.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 01:00:00 +0000 27050 at http://redriverradio.org Savannah Music Festival: Bela Fleck Africa Project, Episode Two Savannah Music Festival: Bela Fleck Africa Project Part One http://redriverradio.org/post/savannah-music-festival-bela-fleck-africa-project-part-one <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Thursday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. &nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Part One of Two: &nbsp;Banjoist </span>Bela<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Fleck performs alongside exceptional African musicians such as </span>Toumani<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Diabate<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Vusi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Mahlasela<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>D'Gary<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Anania<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Ngoliga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and others. Recorded at the Trustees Theater during the Savannah Music Festival. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Though the banjo is commonly associated with American musical styles such as country, folk and bluegrass, the stringed instrument was actually adapted from several African musicians before it developed into the modern banjo during the </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century. One of the most renowned banjoists in the world today is </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bela</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Fleck, who in early 2005, embarked on a trip to Africa in which he collaborated musically with some of the top musicians there. Four years later he assembled some of his favorite musicians from across the African continent and brought them over for a short tour in the United States. During this two-hour program we listen to performances by </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Toumani</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Diabate</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vusi</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mahlasela</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">D'Gary</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anania</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ngoliga</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with their musical partners, and with </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bela</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Fleck and fiddler Casey </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Driessen</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 01:00:00 +0000 26720 at http://redriverradio.org Savannah Music Festival: Bela Fleck Africa Project Part One