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Category: Africa

Wednesday, November 27th

sounds of Kinshasa

KOKOKO!, “Likolo,” “Tongos’a,” “Malembe,” live, Washington, D.C., 11/15/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Forest Park, Ill.

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reading table

Many nights on the road
and not dead yet—
the end of autumn.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

Saturday, August 31st

sounds of Kenya and Uganda

Slikback (DJ, Kenya) featuring MC Yella, Bandana, Swordman (Uganda), live, Uganda (Nyege Nyege Festival), 2018

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, May 11th

sounds of Zimbabwe

This I could listen to all day.

Oliver Mtukudzi (1952-2019), “Hear Me Lord” (O. Mtukudzi), live, California (Humboldt County), 2004

 

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Wednesday, April 4th

more

Salif Keita, live, London, c. 2002

 

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lagniappe

reading table

We humans—
squirming around
among the blossoming flowers.

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Saturday, March 31st

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, London, c. 2002

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, January 26th

what’s new

Amadou & Mariam, “Bofou Safou,” “Dimanche à Bamako,” “Filaou Bessame,” live, Washington, D.C., 1/19/2018

 

Wednesday, October 11th

drum festival
day three

Tony Allen (drums, vocals) & Band, live, Luxembourg, 2011

 

Thursday, August 10th

tonight in Chicago

He’s singing in Millenium Park.

Youssou N’Dour, “Lang,” live

 

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And they’re playing at Elastic.

Daniel Levin (cello) & Tim Daisy (drums), live, Bloomington, Ind., 2015

 

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lagniappe

reading table

The least misfortune can do to make up for itself is to be interesting.

—Michael Kinsley, Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide

Friday, July 21st

can’t wait

Monday night, Chicago—Millenium Park.

Amadou & Mariam (feat. Manu Chao), “Senegal Fast Food,” 2004

 

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lagniappe

random thoughts

The story we tell ourselves of who we are is just that—a story we tell ourselves of who we are.

Wednesday, June 28th

sounds of Tunisia (and all over)

Dhafer Youssef (composer, singer, oud player), documentary about making Diwan of Beauty and Odd (2016)

 

(Thanks for the tip to John Balmes.)

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