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.

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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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