Another Land Honeyguide

February 2010

If you Live in Minnesota
Beaded Bracelet
Celebrate with us by stopping by the Amias Project Studio (# 263) and check out our latest shipment of Beaded Bracelets and 'In' Bracelets.
Thursday, February 4th
5:00 to 9:00 pm
1500 Jackson Street NE

The Story of the Honeyguide
Our periodic email newsletter is named after the Greater Honey Guide, a bird that has developed the remarkable habit of leading tribespeople to wild bees' nests, with the promise of honeycomb and grubs once the humans have opened the nest and taken the honey.

The complementary relationship shared by bird and human represents the newsletter's goal - to periodically lead readers to new and timely bits of information about East African wildlife, culture, and travel.

Catch up on past issues in the Honeyguide Archives

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 The Bela Fleck Project Wins Two Grammys!
Throw Down Your HeartNearly a decade ago while in Uganda, the founder of Another Land, Nichole Smaglick, imagined bringing Bela Fleck to Africa to meet and collaborate with the many musicians she was working with in Africa.  That crazy idea became reality and was field produced by Another Land in 2005. And today we have the "Throw Down Your Heart" CD, behind the scenes Documentary / DVD, and 2 Grammys!
  • Grammy #1: Best Contemporary World Music Album
  • Grammy #2: Best Pop Instrumental Performance
For those of you who have travelled with us to Uganda, you may recognize the face of Haruna Walusimbi, Another Land's Uganda Cultural Manager,  and many others from the Busoga village in the documentary. We are also pleased to announce that his musical collaboration with Bela Fleck will be included in the project's 2nd CD due to be released tomorrow.

Live your dreams,
Another Land and The Amias Project
The Story of Africa: Live it, Watch it, and Wear it. 
PS: To purchase the album or documentary, please see Bela's website at

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The Road from Bluegrass and Baboons to Grammy 
 Bela crew on road optimized
In 2001 Nichole wrote a letter to Bela's management pitching that Bela be the celebrity host on a musical tour to Africa called 'Bluegrass and Baboons'. Nichole cited the banjo's roots in Africa, Bela's international cross-over capabilities and even the Flecktones hippo logo as compelling reasons for his participation in the tour. (Honestly, Nichole was less interested in the actual tour and more keen on taking Bela to meet East Africa's musical masters.) Nichole even frequented Bela Fleck concerts bringing various African instruments and recordings hoping to pique his interest. 
Fortunately it worked and Bela decided to go . . . but not as a celebrity host, but to record his next album.

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Meet the Musicians 
 Bela enjoying Musical Collaboration
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