Friday, September 30, 2011

Video Spotlight: Boubacar (Badian) Diabate & the Garifuna Soul of Aurelio Martinez

As a video companion piece to our show this week "Aurelio, Badian, Damily & the Kid From Timbuktu" blogger/videographer and longtime friend of Afropop Michal Shapiro has put together a piece on Afropop senior producer Banning Eyre's experience as a toubab guitar player in Mali. Eyre mainly speaks on his experiences first meeting Malian guitarist Boubacar Diabate and watching him grow as a musician.

Check out footage filmed by Eyre from 1996 of Diabate playing in Mali then watch him transform into a real guitar master over 10 years later as Eyre and Diabate reconnect on a sunny day in a Bronx backyard.

Aboubacar "Badian" Diabate: Malian Guitar Master from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.


Also featured in this week's show is Garifuna star Aurelio Martinez. Afropop contributor Erich Woodrum went down to Belize late last year and made a mini-documentary for Afropop on the disappearing Garifuna culture and how a handful of musicians like Aurelio are trying to keep the culture alive through their music.

Watch part 2 of Woodrum's piece HERE.

Also, be sure to check out Michal Shapiro's site Inter-Muse.
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