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summerstage, strings

summerstage, strings

This is why you live in NYC. So that you can head up to Central Park on a Monday night to listen to an American dude play a banjo alongside an African guy playing a Kora (a West African harp) and then you can watch a movie about it. For free.

Bela Fleck and Toumani Diabate performed as the sun went down, capping their set with a stirring rendition of “Dueling Banjos.” It was striking because good friend Sascha Paladino’s doc, “Throw Down Your Heart,” is about his brother Bela’s trip to take the banjo back to it’s roots in Africa. Bela and Toumani played music from the movie and then the doc was screened in its entirety, the packed crowd clapping after each song. Terrific NYC night.

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