Banning Eyre

Banning Eyre writes and broadcasts about international music, especially contemporary African music. He has traveled to Africa many times, doing research in over a 18 countries, and written three books on his research there, including the acclaimed In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali (Temple University Press/Serpent’s Tail), and Guitar Atlas Africa (Workshop Arts), an instructional book on African guitar style, and Lion Songs, Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that Made Zimbabwe (Duke University Press, 2015). Eyre reports on world music for NPR’s All Things Considered and has produced many one-hour programs for the Peabody Award-winning public radio series Afropop Worldwide. He is also Senior Editor at Eyre has contributed to a number of international publications, including The Boston Phoenix, Billboard, Guitar Player, Global Rhythm, The Village Voice, The Walrus, and Folk Roots, and is currently the Senior Editor and producer at

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