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MFM ZOOM Webinar #9 with African Guitar Maestro Banning Eyre

Banning EyreMFM Presents: “Music Is Essential” ZOOM Webinar #9 with Banning Eyre Speaking on Expanding Our Conception of the Guitar in Africa

Date: Friday, April 29, 2022
Time: 5pm to 6:30pm (ET)
Venue:  ZOOM
Ticket: free

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Webinar description:

MFM AC member, Banning Eyre will be back with another ZOOM webinar called “A Guitar Tour of Africa.” This will be part concert, part lecture demonstration, mostly aimed at expanding our conception of the guitar in Africa. From Mande fingerstyle echoes of the kora and balafon, to Congolese soukous dance hypnotics, to palm wine guitar, Zulu maskanda, and the guitar version of ancient Shona mbira music, the subject is rich and vast. Eyre has traveled to Africa some 25 times, always with a guitar in hand, and has been learning and performing African guitar styles for over 35 years. The webinar will focus mostly on acoustic guitar traditions, but also venture into some multi-voice, electric guitar styles. If the subject is new to you, prepare to be surprised!

Previous ZOOM Webinar #5 with Banning Eyre Speaking on Bringing African Music into the American Music Scene:

About Banning Eyre

Banning Eyre is an author, guitarist, photographer, and Senior Producer for the Peabody Award-winning public radio series Afropop Worldwide. His work has taken him to over 25 African countries to research local music. Eyre has produced over 180 Afropop episodes including in-depth coverage of Mali, Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Lebanon, Madagascar and Nigeria. He comments on world music for NPR’s All Things Considered. In May, 2015, Duke University Press published his fourth book, Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe, which won the 2016 Society for Ethnomusicology African Music Section Kwabena Nketia Book Prize. His previous books are Afropop! An Illustrated GuideIn Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali, and Guitar Atlas Africa, a book of introductory lessons in African guitar styles. He also co-produced the 2004 film Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions, filmed in location in Essakane, Mali. He edits and contributes to, and hosts, the home of his independent label Lion Songs Records.

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