Throw Down Your Heart, Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3: Africa Sessions [
Performer: Béla Fleck
Engineer: Robert Battaglia; Damon Whittemore; Wellington Bowler; Dave Sinko; Richard Battaglia; Yves Wernert; Robert Battaglia; Damon Whittemore; Kristen Mueller; Yves Wiernet; Wellington Bowler; Dave Sinko; Richard Battaglia; Bela Fleck...
Producer: Segun Oguntola; Nana Ofori Atta; Nichole Smaglick; Sascha Paladino; Banning Eyre; Bela Fleck...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Personnel: B�la Fleck (banjo); Vusi Mahlasela (vocals, guitar); Afel Bocoum (vocals, acoustic guitar); Richard Bona (vocals, electric bass); Xavier Martial Fran�ois (vocals, hand claps, percussion); Anania Ngoglia, Warema Masiaga ChaCha, Hamma Sankare, Oumou Sangare, Baaba Maal (vocals); Djelimady Tounkara (guitar); Habib "Dia" Sangar� (bolon); Toumani Diabat� (kora); Casey Driessen (fiddle); Khalifan Matitu (marimba); Jojo Kuo (drums); Madou Sanogo, Sekouba Diabate (djembe); Alou Kouloubali (shaker); Fadhili Bbata (percussion); Brian Siskind (sound effects); Nabintou Diakite (background vocals). Audio Mixer: B�la Fleck. Audio Remasterer: Richard Dodd. Liner Note Author: B�la Fleck. Recording information: GodelString; Mali; Sanctuary Studios; Studio Bogolon; Tanzania; The Gambia; Uganada. Director: Sascha Paladino. Editor: B�la Fleck. Photographers: Dave Bergen; Dave Sinko; Joel Hamburger; Nichole Smaglick; Sascha Paladino; Jeff Coffin. Unknown Contributor Roles: Haruna Samake; Benogo Diakite. Arrangers: Ateso Jazz Band; Luo Cultural Association; Khalifan Matitu; Jatta Family; Nakisenyi Women's Group; B�la Fleck. The discography of banjo maestro Bela Fleck is full of eclectic music that ranges from traditional bluegrass to forward-thinking jazz to world fusion. THROW DOWN YOUR HEART is the third volume in Fleck's TALES FROM THE ACOUSTIC PLANET series, one that documents his travels in Africa. Fleck recorded in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, and Uganda, among other countries, drawing on the musical traditions of those countries and adding his own restlessly inventive imagination. Among his 40 guests are Baba Maal, Toumani Diabate, and Oumou Sangare, along with numerous outstanding musicians not known outside their native countries. The results don't have much in common with Fleck's wackier hybrid forms; instead the music is sincere, straightforward, and very beautiful. Fleck also made a film of his sojourn, for which THROW DOWN YOUR HEART serves as the soundtrack.
New York City-born banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck is known as a pioneer for expanding the role of banjo beyond bluegrass and folk traditions. Something of a child prodigy, he began his solo career in 1979, and in '81 joined up with the New Grass Revival for a bit. His greatest success came when he formed the Flecktones, with whom he was finally able to fully realize his vision of a bluegrass-jazz fusion. Since then, Fleck has dipped into some very eclectic musical waters--including everything from classical to world music--expanding the musical possibilities of his instrument every step of the way.
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