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Before & After With Lionel Loueke

The guitarist-vocalist listens to Ella, Prince, B.B. and more

Lionel Loueke

Benin-born, New York-based guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke visited Washington, D.C., in late April to play the White House, as part of this year’s International Jazz Day celebration. Taking a break from rehearsals for that historic all-star concert, he seemed to enjoy the challenge of this listening session, even taking notes on unfamiliar artists-Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Sharrock-for follow-up research. The world was still reeling from the sudden passing of Prince the week prior, so we included a track by The Artist in order to learn about his reputation in Africa. Loueke, 43, continues to tour internationally behind his recent live trio recording, GAÏA, released on Blue Note.

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