Sunday, 3 June 2012

Béla Fleck and Oumou Sangaré in Portugal, 21 July 2012

Thanks to André Dal Lentilhas, who sends good news from Portugal:

The master of the banjo, Béla Fleck, is coming to the World Music Festival (Festival Músicas do Mundo - FMM), of SInes, Portugal, to present his project with the African singer, Oumou Sangaré (left), on 21 July [see here]. Their collaboration started after Fleck's documentary Throw down your heart, about the origins of the banjo.

The only Portuguese bluegrass band, Stonebones & Bad Spaghetti, will appear once again on the biggest festival of Portugal, Festa do Avante, on 8-9 September.

A video of Oumou Sangaré singing 'Djorolen', accompanied by Béla Fleck, can be seen here. An interview on the Afropop website with Béla Fleck about his Africa project mentions 'Djorolen' as an example of power from understatement.