Album: Jayme Stone/ Mansa Sissoko, Africa to Appalachia, (JS 200)

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Banjo-player Jayme Stone "became curious about what kind of music didn't make it across the ocean on slave ships from Mali and Senegal in the 1700-1800s", and then he met kora-master Mansa Sissoko, and with him evolved what is now termed musique recyclé.

In this, their two national styles mesh beautifully, with the guitar and bass answering the calabash and Malian percussion in a sweetly complicit way. The resultant music feels much more African than Appalachian, but American fiddle-tunes also play their part.