This week we are featuring "Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone"
This Thursday we are looking forward to Yacouba Sissoko returning to the studio to continue work on his beautiful new solo album Siya. It was recorded at various studio in the NYC area, but we have been mixing it here at Studio 44. A complete kora virtuoso and joy to work with, I'm confident Yacouba's album will impress.
And finally, this weekend we will be mixing an Afropop Worldwide episode based on Sebastian Bouknight's recent travels to North Africa. Here's his description of the episode:
This spring, Afropop returned to Fes, Morocco, for the 23rd annual World Sacred Music Festival, a sumptuous spread of music from across the globe that blurs the boundaries of what is “sacred.” Interwoven with Morocco’s ornate history and fertile fabric of daily life is a mosaic of many musics: Gnawa, Arabic pop, Amazigh ahwach, classical Andalusian, Issaoua, raï, rap, chaabi, jazz, metal and so much more. At the World Sacred Music Festival in Fes, we heard many of these sounds, as well as those of international artists, from China to Mali to Kuwait. Join us as we revisit these concerts – the late night music of Sufi brotherhoods, Moroccan fusion with Taziri and Inouraz, traditional Kuwaiti pearl diving music with Salman El Ammari, a stunning bit of Mali-Spain fusion with Toumani Diabate and Ketana, and more. Beyond the festival, we sit in with a respected Gnawa mâalem in Rabat and sample the array of tunes heard in cars, shops and CD stores around Fes.
I can't believe its been 13 years since I covered the festival with senior producers Sean Barlow and Banning Eyre. Here is a photo of myself with the singularly rebellious Algerian singer Rachid Taha at the 10th anniversary of the World Sacred Music Festical in Fes, Morocco: