Episode #1018

Nortec, Deller, Diabate

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Friday, May 01, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1018, Nortec, Deller, Diabete Nortec Collective (Courtesy of Nacional Records)

Folk music gets a makeover in Mexico and Mali. Meet Bostich and Fussible of Tijuana's Nortec Collective. The kora master from Mali, Toumani Diabate, performs live in the studio. And an artist takes fragments of the Iraq war on a road trip across the U.S.

Nortec Collective

Under the stage names Bostich and Fussible, Ramon Amezcua and Pepe Mogt make fantastic dance music that mixes Mexican folk with electronica. Based in Tijuana, they tell Kurt how living on the border feeds their music. Their latest album is called

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The Iraq War, On the Road

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Toumani Diabate

The kora is a 21 string instrument played all over West Africa. And Toumani Diabate is considered the greatest kora player in the world. He tells Kurt how growing up he loved the music in spaghetti westerns. Diabate also plays live in the studio.

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