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Connecting The Notes In The African Diaspora

Members of Greensboro-based band, Africa Unplugged
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Members of Greensboro-based band, Africa Unplugged

The music ofAfrica Unplugged harkens back to the African diaspora. The Greensboro-based group channels jazz and funk, while still maintaining roots in West African traditions. 

A conversation with and performance by Atiba Rorie and Africa Unplugged.

AtibaRoriestarted the group in 2011 to educate folks about the connections between West African music and other genres. Today he still uses the band to demonstrate West African songwriting and the qualities of instruments like thedjembe. Host FrankStasiotalks withRorieabout the origins of the group and how its music has been received in North Carolina.

The group also performs live in studio with Rorie on vocals, djembe and electric guitar; Lamar Lewis and Elisha Harris on percussion; William Darity on vocals and electric guitar; and Butler Knowles on electric bass. Africa Unplugged performs Saturday, Sept. 2 at Beyu Caffe in Durham at 7 p.m. 

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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