MFM AC member, Banning Eyre will run a ZOOM webinar on bringing African music into the American music scene. Having traveled to some 25 African countries researching music for the Peabody Award-winning public radio series Afropop Worldwide, and studied traditional guitar styles in a number of African countries, Eyre is uniquely positioned to deepen the dialogue between American and African musicians. The webinar will include video and audio clips, and a guitar-style demo.
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 Guide, In 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 on location in Essakane, Mali. He edits and contributes to www.afropop.org, and hosts www.banningeyre.com, the home of his independent label Lion Songs Records.
MFM (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.