Sam’s Jams: The Beat Behind Afrobeat

WDET Artist: Fela Kuti (and drummer Tony Allen) Song: Fight To Finish Afrobeat is a genre of music that combines elements of West African musical styles such as Fuji music and Highlife with American funk, soul, and jazz influences. Its roots can be traced back to Ghana in the 1920s when musicians started incorporating influences like..

Sam’s Jams: Jan Hammer “Don’t You Know”

WDET Son of the famous Czech Jazz vocalist, Vlasta Průchová, Jan Hammer is an important Czech-American musician, composer and record producer. After moving to the United States in 1968, Hammer received a full scholarship to Berkley College of Music in Boston. After graduation, he toured with many distinguished jazz musicians before joining the original lineup..