The polyrhythmic music of sub-Saharan Africa has a character all its own. Originally tribal and tied to the events of everyday life, as a result of the African diaspora it became a strong influence on music of the western world, including blues, R&B, jazz, and rock. These days it works both ways: western instruments and recording techniques now influence sub-Saharan music.
A case in point: this music by KOUAME SEREBA, an African musician from Ivory Coast who now lives in Norway, with Norwegian electronic musician ERIK WOLLO. They call it "African Ambient."
But there's always been a softer, slower side to African music, featuring melodic rhythm instruments like the kora, the kalimba, the mbira and the talking drum, and gentle vocals with an infectious lilt. On this transmission of Hearts of Space we look for the ambient and contemplative sounds of sub-Saharan Africa, on a program called AFROSPACE.