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This Island Earth

This Island Earth
Sunday February 28th, 2010 with Ron Steeds
From Mississippi to Mali and Beyond

To close out February This Island Earth celebrates Black History Month with a musical trip from Mississippi to Mali and beyond...
Slither (Theme)
Annoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale - Breathing Under Water - Angel
It's been said that the difference between the Blues and Gospel Music is that with Gospel Music the singer is singing to God and with the Blues the singer is singing to the devil...
Beyt Biedh - Chant Blanc
Ensemble El-Moukhadrami - Songs of the Griots - Institute du Monde Arabe
Yali (War Song)
Anonymous Tuareg Elder - Secret Museum of Mankind: Music of North Africa 1925-1948 - Yazoo
Ayni Yana - Moi, Mes Yeux
Ensemble El-Moukhadrami - Songs of the Griots - Institute du Monde Arabe
I'm Glad My Mother Teached Me to Pray
Robert Pete Williams - Country Spirituals
The straight and natural blues with an eye toward the source... West Africa and then the archetypal Malian blues man - Boubacar Traore
Njarka
Corey Harris - Mississippi to Mali - Rounder
Big Mama's Door
Alvin Youngblood Hart - Big Mama's Door - Sony
Kevalle
Boubacar Traore - Kar Kar - Sterne's Music
Senegalese musician Gue'el Kumba came to the American south - to Oxford Mississippi and has combined both cultures.
Bafal
Afrissippi - Fulani Journey - Knock Down South
Singha
Afrissippi - Alliance - Hill Country Records
Njulli / Fulani Journey
Afrissippi - Fulani Journey - Knock Down South
In the same way Ali Farka Toure brought West African Blues to the world, Tinariwen has brought Desert Blues to the world. Here are four tracks from three of their four recordings.
Amassakoul "N" Tenere
Tinariwen - Amassakoul - World Village
Toumast
Tinariwen - Aman Iman (Water is Life) - World Village
Chert Boghassa
Tinariwen - Amassakoul - World Village
Tahult In (My Situations)
Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions - Outside Music
Here are two other Desert Blues bands...
Ronde
Etran Finatawa - Introducing Etran Finatawa - World Music Network
Aitma
Tartit - Ichichila - World Network
Tekana
Etran Finatawa - Desert Crossroads - Riverboat
The late great Ali Farka Toure brings West African Blues to the world... and his oldest son - Vieux Farka Toure
Ledi Coumbe
Ali Farka Toure - Savane - World Circuit
Hani
Ali Farka Toure - Radio Mali - Rykodisc
Cherie Le
Vieux Farka Toure - Fondo - Six Degrees
Here are a few more African musicians who have achieved notoriety because of Toure's success around the planet...
Almaryood
Abdel Garir Salim - Desert Blues Vol.1 - Ambiance du Sahara - Network
Saa Sagni
Oumou Sangare - Desert Blues Vol.1 - Ambiances du Sahara - Network
Anunka Ben
Lobi Traore - Desert Blues Vol.2 - Reves - World Network
Ashabab Ydie Shabab Aldual
Didi Mint Abba - Desert Blues Vol.1 - Ambiances du Sahara - Netwrok
And more...
Barma Soussandi
Majid Bekkas - Mogador - Igloo
Tenalle Chegret
Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions - Outside Music
Sarama
Vieux Farka Toure - Fondo - Six Degrees
Ere Tasfata Adounia
Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions - Outside Music
Mali
Vieux Farka Toure - Fondo - Six Degrees
Imidiwan Afrik Temdam
Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions - Outside Music