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Songe Nimasow and Khandu Degio rap in the endangered Aka language of Arunachal Pradesh, India. The rap is about love.. and chili peppers. (2008)

recorded by Dr. K. David Harrison with the Enduring Voices Project with National Geographic

Rokia Traoré - Aimer
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Rokia Traoré — Aimer

from Tchamantché (2008)

A friend recently sent me this album to check out, by Malian singer/songwriter/guitarist Rokia Traoré. This tune was an easy favorite for me. The band is so deep in the pocket they may never get out, and Rokia’s quivering voice just floats along on top. Beautiful.

Toumani Diabaté - Kaounding Cissko
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Toumani Diabaté — Kaounding Cissko

from The Mandé Variations (2008)

I’ve been fooling around with my friend Sean’s Celtic harp lately, trying to get something that sounds good to come out of it. It’s addicting…and because it has many strings but no frets, it forces you to tell musical stories in different ways than a guitar would. A different sensibility. At any rate the harp has gotten me hooked on the sounds of many-stringed instruments.

Feeding that obsession, today I was very excited to see two guys playing koras in the subway. (see previous post) Here’s some music from the Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté to help you get strung out too.

Listen for the staccato rhythm of the lowest bass strings, deep below the cascading sounds of the highs. Amazing.

Landspout tornado, Kansas 2008
photo by Jim Reed

Landspout tornado, Kansas 2008

photo by Jim Reed