The Boston Herald talks to roots musician Corey Harris '91
The Boston Herald interviews roots musician Corey Harris ’91, a MacArthur “genius grant” winner, who was in Cambridge for a mid-month show. Harris tells writer Jed Gottlieb, with a shrug, that his musical achievements are “no different from what other musicians who travel have done. I keep my ears open and I know where I’m coming from musically.” A bit put off by being called a “scholar, ” Harris says that “when a musician talks about the music they play, suddenly they’re a scholar.” Harris also seems bemused at the fascination with how black music has traveled with the African diaspora. “People seem to think that it’s a real big leap to go from blues to African music where they don’t see a leap between English folk and Appalachian folk. But it’s not a leap. People are ignorant about African music.” View story from the Boston Herald, Feb. 15, 2010.