Airs Monday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Like many jazz musicians before her, violinist Regina Carter mined her African cultural inheritance through music. Hers is a postmodern approach; her latest record, Reverse Thread, is as likely to source from field recordings of Ugandan Jews as from contemporary Afropop and beyond. It's also delightfully easygoing, intricate yet breezy. Carter and her unique band feature a mix of violin with kora (West African harp) and accordion along with drums and bass for a compelling blend of jazz and African roots that both infectious and energizing.
Airs Thursday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. Tune in to hear one of Mali's most renowned musicians, Bassekou Kouyate, performing with his group Ngoni Ba. The musical heritage of French West Africa includes a wealth of traditional and popular music styles from a variety of countries including Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin and Mali. The arid, landlocked nation of Mali is a cultural colossus. Its contemporary music serves as a rich and varied reminder of American music's West African roots.