Last January, I led 30 music students on a trip to South Africa to study and perform black South African choral music. We relied on local choristers to help us understand not only this music’s unique textures, but also its unifying power.
Balla Kouyaté might be the only person in the world who can trace his musical heritage back to a 13th-century ancestor. Now, this master of the balafon demonstrates the ancient instrument and its construction.
In his memoir, Scott Bradlee tells of his transformation from a lost, struggling musician to a headliner at Radio City Music Hall. Join us as we read “Outside the Jukebox: How I Turned My Vintage Music Obsession into My Dream Gig.”