See video and pictures from our incredible night at the Heartland Cafe in Chicago!
This month you'll meet Deo Munyakazi and hear the ancient tones of the Rwandan Inanga. Deo jammed with us at the University of Rwanda back in 2014 and we've never been able to shake how wonderful he is as a musician and a person. His outlook on life and music is infectious and his recordings are otherworldly.
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(Note: The Google Play link should update within the next day or so. Soundcloud will work easily until then.)
Episode 1 is an interview with Dubai based performer Vijit Malik, an accomplished musician, as well as a lover of the Grateful Dead, Hindustani, and bluegrass music. Vijit talks about his experience growing up in New Delhi, the connections between Indian and some American musics and what it's like to perform in a country where 'popular' music may not be as common as it is in other parts of the world.
The Prowlers were able to stop into the small mining town of Hanna, Wyoming this week and do two full days of Bluegrass Ambassadors programming, culminating in a collaborative performance in front of the students, their parents and members of the community. We'd like to extend a huge thanks to the HES principal Mark Shipp, the IBMA Foundation, Deering Banjo's and the Platte Valley Arts Council for making it possible!
The curiosity was palpable and there were moments where it felt like we were giving them a sense of both the music and the actual culture of America. Many of the students had never been to the US and asked questions about everything from politics to what schools were like on our side of the Atlantic.