Be’la Fleck’s African Project Wins Grammy

February 5, 2010 - Industry Award

Béla Fleck’s Historic African Journey, ‘Throw Down Your Heart: Tales from the Acoustic Planet Vol 3:  Africa Sessions’ (Rounder) Wins Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary World Music Album & Best Pop Instrumental Performance

‘Throw Down Your Heart:  Africa Sessions Part 2, Unreleased Tracks’ Available February 2nd

Tour Dates Confirmed for the Africa Project:  Collaborations with Amazing African Musicians, Featuring Malian Ngoni Master Bassekouye Kouyate & Ngoni Ba and Thumb Pianist Anania Ngoliga with Guitarist John Kitime

“America’s most celebrated banjoist” (LA Times) and 13-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck has earned two 2010 Grammy Awards for ‘Throw Down Your Heart’ (Rounder):  Best Contemporary World Music Album & Best Pop Instrumental Performance, for the title track.  Through on-location collaborations with musicians from Uganda, Tanzania, the Gambia and Mali, Béla Fleck explores the African origins of the banjo, transcending barriers of language and culture.

February 2nd marks the release of ‘Throw Down Your Heart:  Africa Sessions Part 2, Unreleased Tracks,’ the first album through Fleck’s own record label.  The musical travelogue features collaborations with Afel Bocoum (guitar), Haruna Samake Trio (n’goni), vocalist Oumou Sangare, Albert Bisaso Ssempeke, Jr. (bowed lyre),  Bassekou Kouyate (n’goni), the Muwewesu Xylophone Group, guitarists Djelimady Tounkara and D’Gary, Jesus Jah Jarju (akonting), the Jatta Family, and thumb pianist Anania Ngoliga.

Catch Béla Fleck & The Africa Project:  Collaborations with Amazing African Musicians, featuring Bassekouye Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, and Anania Ngoliga with Guitarist John Kitime:

Feb 2 – Durango, CO     Fort Lewis College
Feb 3 – Santa Fe, NM        Lensic Performing Arts Center
Feb 4 – Fort Collins, CO        Aggie Theater
Feb 5 – Aspen, CO           Wheeler Opera House
Feb 6 – Grand Junction, CO  Avalon Theater
Feb 8 – Boulder, CO         Boulder Theater
Feb 10 – Dallas, TX         Granada Theater
Feb 11 – Oxford, MS     Lyric Theater
Feb 12 – Murray, KY     Murray State University
Feb 13 – Lawrence, KS       Liberty Hall
Feb 14 – Urbana, IL         Canopy Club
Feb 16 – Oberlin, OH        Oberlin’s Finney Chapel
Feb 17 – Ann Arbor, MI      University of Michigan
Feb 18 – Athens, OH         Ohio University
Feb 19 – Indianapolis, IN       Butler University
Feb 20 – Omaha, NE          Holland Performing Arts Center
Feb 21 – Chicago, IL            Old Town School of Folk Music
Feb 22 – Hamilton, OH       Miami University
Feb 24 – Wilmington, DE     Grand Opera House
Feb 25 – Storrs, CT         University of CT
Feb 26 – Waterville, ME     Opera House
Feb 27 – Lewisburg, PA      Bucknell University
Mar 1 – Ottawa, ONT     Ottawa Jazz Festival
Mar 2 – Brunswick, ME       Bowdoin College
Mar 3 – State College, PA       Penn State University
Mar 4 – Roanoke, VA     Jefferson Center
Mar 5 – Frederick, MD       Weinberg Center
Mar 6 – Atlanta, GA         Georgia Tech University
Mar 8 – Orlando, FL         Plaza Theater
Mar 9 – Fort Pierce, FL     Sunrise Theater
Mar 10 – Jacksonville, FL       Florida Theater
Mar 11 – Tuscaloosa, AL B   AMA Theater
Mar 12 – Asheville, NC      Orange Peel //

Contact:  Carla Parisi at Kid Logic, or 973-563-8204

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