Weekly Schedule (CET)

12’ Bar Ramblin’ #35 ‘West African Blues’ with Stefan Matussek

15 January 2019
  • Blues
  • Regional
  • Traditional/Religious
  • Pop
  • Celebratory
  • Soulful
  • Up-beat
  • Playful

 The Origin of the Blues lies in the musical traditions of slaves brought over to America from Africa. Call-and-Response work songs and free form field hollers sung by the slaves and subsequently the sharecroppers in the southern United States formed the basis of the genre. The pentatonic melodies and song structures are likely the legacy of traditional African folk music. West African Blues is a form of popular music that, on the one hand returns to the root of blues music also fuses West African traditional music and American Blues music. Local instruments such as the Ngoni, Kora, Djembe or Balafon are often used and collaborations with US and English blues musicians are not uncommon. This music received wider attention through the influential Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré…

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Gomni - Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder
Youba - The Sway Machinery & Khaira Arby
Jef Jel - Amadou Diagne
Sé - Rokia Traoré
Hona - Boubacar Traoré
Dvele Wague - Ali Farka Touré
Tamalah - Corey Harris
Aiytma (feat. Malebo) - Alhousseini Anivolla
Lalumbe - West African Blues Project
Aigna (feat. Derek Trucks) - Vieux Farka Touré
Ai Du - Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder
DJoloff, DJoloff - Nuru Kane
Hawa - The Touré-Raichel Collective
Avalon, My Hometown - Jonny Grave Trio
Bb Blues - Wyatt Lewis
Bloodhound - Caboose