MFM AC member Banning Eyre is 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!
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 also 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. He edits and contributes to www.afropop.org, and hosts www.banningeyre.com, the home of his independent label Lion Songs Records.
Musicians for Musicians (www.MusiciansForMusicians.org) seeks to bring together musicians from all disciplines, styles, traditions and localities in the cause of their mutual self-betterment. Whether through education, networking or political action, MFM's ultimate goal is to elevate the work of all musicians to the level of a true profession, one which is recognized and appropriately rewarded by the society in which they live and work.