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Lucy Duran presents a round table discussion recorded in Bamako, Mali on the role of tradition and modernity in West African music from the 60s until today.

Lucy Duran hosts a round table discussion in Bamako, Mali with some of the leading writers and academics of West Africa's post-independence era of dance band music.

Joined around the table at the French Institute in Bamako by Malian journalist Adam Thiam, Professor John Collins from the University of Ghana, French record collector Florent Mazzoleni, Nigerian-American writer Uchenna Ikonne and expert on the music of Guinea, Graeme Counsel, they discuss how the period of cultural-authenticity sowed the seeds of modern music rooted in traditional values, and how today's musicians navigate the tricky ideals of modernity, tradition and authenticity.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Balla et ses Balladins

    Sara 70

    • The Syliphone Years.
    • Sterns Music.
    • STCD-3035-36.
  • Bembeya Jazz National

    Mami Wata

    • Bembeya Jazz National - The Syliphone Years.
    • Stern's Africa.
    • STCD-3012-22.
  • Rail Band

    Dugu Kamelemba

    • Rail Band.
    • Cantos.
    • 079.0023.020.
  • E.T. Mensah

    Ghana, Guinee, Mali

    • The Rough Guide to West Africa Gold.
    • Rough Guide.
    • RGNET-1173CD.
  • Harmonie Voltaique

    Noglem Nooma

  • Geraldo Pino

    Heavy, Heavy, Heavy

    • Africa - 50 Years of Music.
    • Sterns Records.
    • 3218462.
  • Fela Kuti & Afrika 70

    Water No Get Enemy

    • Expensive Shit/He Hit Road.
    • Barclay.
    • 547-030-2.
  • Maravillas de Mali


    • Maravillas De Mali.
    • Maestro Sound / Melodie.
    • n/a.
  • The Otarus


    • Nigeria Special: Volume 2 -Modern highlife, Afro Sound & Nigerian Blues 1970-6.
    • Soundway Records.
    • SNDWCD-020.
  • K. Frimpong and His Cubano Fiestas

    Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu

  • Prince Nico Mbarga

    Sweet Mother

    Artist: Rocafil Jazz

    • Africa - 50 Years of Music - East Africa CD 1.
    • Sterns Records.
    • 3218462-EAST AFRICA CD 1.
  • Salif Keita

    Soro (Afrika)

    • The Best Of Salif Keita - The Golden Voice.
    • WRASS.
    • WRASS-059.
  • Keletigui et ses Tambourinis


    • Authenticite - the Syliphone Years.
    • Stern's Music.
    • STCD-3025.
  • Hewale Sounds


  • Keletigui et ses Tambourinis


    • Authenticite - the Syliphone Years.
    • Stern's Music.
    • STCD-3025.