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.)
Salif Keita, live, London, c. 2002
among the blossoming flowers.
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)
Amadou & Mariam, “Bofou Safou,” “Dimanche à Bamako,” “Filaou Bessame,” live, Washington, D.C., 1/19/2018
Tony Allen (drums, vocals) & Band, live, Luxembourg, 2011
tonight in Chicago
He’s singing in Millenium Park.
Youssou N’Dour, “Lang,” live
And they’re playing at Elastic.
Daniel Levin (cello) & Tim Daisy (drums), live, Bloomington, Ind., 2015
The least misfortune can do to make up for itself is to be interesting.
—Michael Kinsley, Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide
Monday night, Chicago—Millenium Park.
Amadou & Mariam (feat. Manu Chao), “Senegal Fast Food,” 2004
The story we tell ourselves of who we are is just that—a story we tell ourselves of who we are.
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.)