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To be honest this was an interesting podcast for me to make. Take a look at Dan Gorlin. He does not look like an expert on West African music, particularly the music from Ghana. But he really knows his stuff and has been studying, playing and teaching this music for 30 years now.

If that wasn't enough, I've heard from two great Philly musicians about him, and he definitely knows his stuff.

Besides that, just spending the night with him showed me how much passion (and knowledge) he has for this music and for teaching it. This is a 2 part series, definitely worth watching.

After this comes Gina Ferrera and all about the Gyil which is the ancient relative of the marimba and vibes. I did put a sample of that up, I'll link to that above.

This was a really cool experience for me, it broke some stereotypes of what I thought about ethnic music and who should teach it and talk about it. Valuable lesson for me! And great podcast!

Finally if I look awkward, well I feel awkward. I know NOTHING about this music and there I was playing the bell part!

---Tony Miceli


Piper Mon, 09/29/2008 - 10:28

Does anyone else have the problem of only being able to see a blank green screen on some of these videos? I downloaded the latest versions but I still get only a green (blank) screen) with audio.

tonymiceli Mon, 09/29/2008 - 10:49

In reply to by Piper

yeah you can't see mp4s. i need to get some time and google this. i'm sure it's a quicktime thing. i need the mp4 file format for the itunes stuff as far as i know. can you download the video?

s k y p e: tjazzvibe
i c h a t: tonymiceli

Marie-Noëlle Mon, 09/29/2008 - 11:29

In reply to by tonymiceli

No prob for me so far with the lastest quicktime download... I hope you can watch it soon John, it's great!

Tony, you do look odd, puzzled, anxiously looking at Dan Gorlin, but I thing it’s... (sorry) funny! You make me laugh! :o)

And... wow, I find that music quite difficult to feel... I’ve surely not been conceived and rocked by an african Mama! Something I did miss! :o)

jamesshipp Sat, 10/11/2008 - 09:33

C'mon, that's good hair all around!

What a beautiful, warm way of explaining that well. Thanks to Dan for doing it and Tony for posting it.