Flute and bodhrán player Kieran Munnelly sat down in an informal exchange between musicians with Bobby McFerrin. Thanks to Kathleen Biggins of WFUV's A Thousand Welcomes for posting this gem of good will and music.
The exchange between Irish rhythms, melodies and Black rhythms and melodies is one of the earliest experiments in the history of modern popular music. The first musical theater came from this exchange, and this is how tap dance was invented, between step dancers from Ireland and Black dance masters getting jiggy together in Manhattan not so long ago.
In a similar vein, Irish traditional musicians Liam Ó Maonlaí and Paddy Keenan, traveled to Africa as part of a documentary, that explores the African and Irish musical traditions together. You can watch that documentary online, here.
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