Bela Fleck multimedia on BBC

Bela Fleck in West Africa - photo by Sascha PaladinoThe BBC has a terrific slide show with commentary online about Béla Fleck’s Throw Down Your Heart project, which has resulted in both an audio CD release and a documentary film by that name.

The CD and film serve as a chronicle of Fleck’s 2005 journey to West Africa to learn more about the people and the music of the part of the world generally believed to be responsible for the evolution of the banjo.

Béla discusses what he found on his trip while photos from his brother, Sascha Paladino, who directed the film, are displayed. Music from the projects is also included in the nearly 4 minute presentation.

See and hear the whole thing on the BBC site.

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