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Bela Fleck explores the banjo's roots with kora master Toumani Diabete / glideMagazine

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Most of you know that the banjo originated in West Africa, so banjo master Bela Fleck was almost obligated to explore the instrument's roots at some point. After all, there may not be a more explorative musician than Fleck who has won 15 Grammys in nine different categories, stretching from country to pop to jazz to classical and world music.  Fleck says, "I knew that my beloved instrument had originally come from West Africa. And, from time to time I found tantalizing tidbits of African acoustic music that gave me the confidence to know that there was a phenomenal amount of incredible stuff going on under the radar." Throw Down Your Heart: The Complete Africa Sessions documents this journey with two volumes of music across three CDs and a DVD capturing the acclaimed documentary Throw Down Your Heart which is the basis for two of the CDs. Ripple Effect, the third one, is Fleck's duo collaboration with kora master Toumani Diabete and is also available as a standalone 2-LP set. They all are available in digital formats as well.

There's so much to digest here and hopefully, you're not too confused with the depth and breadth of this expansive set. You have some choices. Dig in and enjoy.

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