Personnel: Béla Fleck (banjo); Vusi Mahlasela (vocals, guitar); Afel Bocoum (vocals, acoustic guitar); Richard Bona (vocals, electric bass); Xavier Martial François (vocals, hand claps, percussion); Anania Ngoglia, Warema Masiaga ChaCha, Hamma Sankare, Oumou Sangare, Baaba Maal (vocals); Djelimady Tounkara (guitar); Habib "Dia" Sangaré (bolon); Toumani Diabaté (kora); Casey Driessen (fiddle); Khalifan Matitu (marimba); Jojo Kuo (drums); Madou Sanogo, Sekouba Diabate (djembe); Alou Kouloubali (shaker); Fadhili Bbata (percussion); Brian Siskind (sound effects); Nabintou Diakite (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Béla Fleck.
Audio Remasterer: Richard Dodd.
Liner Note Author: Béla Fleck.
Recording information: GodelString; Mali; Sanctuary Studios; Studio Bogolon; Tanzania; The Gambia; Uganada.
Director: Sascha Paladino.
Editor: Béla Fleck.
Photographers: Dave Bergen; Dave Sinko; Joel Hamburger; Nichole Smaglick; Sascha Paladino; Jeff Coffin.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Haruna Samake; Benogo Diakite.
Arrangers: Ateso Jazz Band; Luo Cultural Association; Khalifan Matitu; Jatta Family; Nakisenyi Women's Group; Béla Fleck.
The discography of banjo maestro Bela Fleck is full of eclectic music that ranges from traditional bluegrass to forward-thinking jazz to world fusion. THROW DOWN YOUR HEART is the third volume in Fleck's TALES FROM THE ACOUSTIC PLANET series, one that documents his travels in Africa. Fleck recorded in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, and Uganda, among other countries, drawing on the musical traditions of those countries and adding his own restlessly inventive imagination. Among his 40 guests are Baba Maal, Toumani Diabate, and Oumou Sangare, along with numerous outstanding musicians not known outside their native countries. The results don't have much in common with Fleck's wackier hybrid forms; instead the music is sincere, straightforward, and very beautiful. Fleck also made a film of his sojourn, for which THROW DOWN YOUR HEART serves as the soundtrack.
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