FAMILY REUNIONS by ProQuest

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[...] these two recent music video projects, Bla Fleck's Throw Down Your Heart and Mark Johnson's Playing for Change, make a powerful case for Africa as the cornerstone of contemporary popular culture and the musical heart and soul of the planet. Typical is the track that starts the whole project, Ben E. King's "Stand by Me." It begins with African-American street singer Roger Ridley in Santa Monica, California, and by the end Ridley has been joined by other street players in New Orleans, a drummer in Congo, an upright bass player in the South African countryside, a cellist in Moscow, an Italian sax player, Zuni drummers in New Mexico, and many, many more.

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