Monday, February 14, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
South Africa has arguably one of the most beautiful natural landscapes with varied wildlife, conducive climate, and vast wealth in the form of diamond, gold, copper, and other mineral resources. For this reasons, the tenacity of white rule in S/Africa is unparalleled on the continent and required great deal of violence/pressure to bring an end to apartheid and release of Nelson Mandela.
In the musical arena, South Africa has given us some of the most memorable voices from the African continent-the soaring, passionate alto of Miriam Makeba, the purr and pounce of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the amazing sub-bass groaning of Mahlathini and many others. Such vocal virtuosity is not surprising coming from a land where Zulus, Xhosas and Sothos have for centuries celebrated life's large and small moments with song.
Our studio guest on Panafrica is Guinean Master Drummer and local musician Mandjou Mara and the Kikeh Mato Afropop Band. Mandjou is a professional Djembe Fola with extensive knowledge of the drum styles, beats, and dances of the Mandika and susso people of Guinea, Mali, Senegal and other West African states. He leads a professional dance company Limanya in Madison and also instructs dance classes. His band Kikeh Mato (Watch the moon in Susso language) is composed of traditional and modern string elements, with salif keita, Ibro Diabate and Espoire Coronthin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAphQktyVxU&feature=related) as musical influences..Tune in and join us on the hour..
On this show, we continue exploring & celebrating the African diaspora with music from the Sidis of India and Garifuna culture of central America. Both groups have been largely ignored in discussion of the African diaspora. The Sidis are Indians of African descent, whose origins out of Africa is largely unknown; though many theories exist. The Garifuna are descendant of West African slaves who survived a ship wreck and were rescued by Amerindians. Geographically, they inhabit Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, and Guatemala. Both groups have lost their native African languages but reconnect with African culture through music. Next stops...Bahia ( Brazil), then Colombia (Coumbia), head down to Peru (Afro peruvian) , and hit the islands from Trinidad & Tobago through Haiti, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Martinique and Guadeloupe.