The Front Row, 2/15/2008

Today's program features interviews with Turkish guitarist Cem Duru?z and David Hahn, Albert Mazibuko of the South African men's choral ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie...

Turkish guitarist Cem Duru?z performs live for us, and he and Boston-based composer David Hahn talk about Mister Hahn's new Guitar Concerto, Anatolia. Mister Duru?z will be the soloist in the work's U.S. premiere tomorrow evening, on the concert that will conclude this year's fourth annual International Guitar Festival at Round Top.ξξListenξ Download

Albert Mazibuko of the South African men's choral ensemble, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, talks about his group's tightly-harmonized music, which combines the sounds of gospel hymns and the traditional work songs of the laborers in South Africa's mines. Ladysmith performs Saturday evening in Jones Hall under the sponsorship of Society for the Performing Arts.ξξListenξ Downloadξ

Another African artist, Nigerian-born writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tells us about her new novel, Half A Yellow Sun, a tale of love, violence and betrayal during the War in Biafra. She'll share excerpts from the book Sunday evening at the Wortham Center in a program that's part of this year's Inprint-Brown Reading Series.ξξListenξ Download

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