Banning Eyre writes about international music, especially contemporary African music. He has traveled to Africa 11 times 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). Eyre reports on world music for NPR’s All Things Considered and produces for the public radio series Afropop Worldwide. He contributes to a number of American and British publications, including The Boston Phoenix, Guitar Player, The Village Voice, The Walrus, and Folk Roots, and is currently the Senior Editor at www.afropop.org. Eyre also performs, records and teaches African music on guitar. He is currently at work on a book about Thomas Mapfumo and the contemporary history of Zimbabwe.