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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.)

Saturday, June 24th

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, Germany (Stuttgart), 1995

 

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lagniappe

reading table

[C]ommunication is an undependable but sometimes marvelous thing.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter to Randall Jarrell, December 26, 1955

Thursday, June 22nd

sounds of Ethiopia

Hailu Mergia, live, New York, 2016

 

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lagniappe

reading table

summer heat—
today, all day
the playful clouds

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue with assistance from Sakuo Nakamura)

Monday, June 12th

what’s new

Oumou Sangaré, “Kamelemba,” 2017

 

Friday, March 31st

what’s new

Oumou Sangaré  (feat. Tony Allen, drums), “Yere Faga,” 3/30/17


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lagniappe

reading table

First cherry blossoms
just came out
pretty good day!

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

 

Friday, March 17th

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, London, c. 2002


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lagniappe

reading table

What one seems to want in art, in experiencing it, is the same thing that is necessary for its creation, a self-forgetful, perfectly useless concentration.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter

Friday, January 27th

sounds of Kinshasa*

Konono No. 1, live, London, 2015


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lagniappe

art beat: other day, The Guggenheim (New York)

Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Small Pleasures, 1913

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*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Friday, November 25th

sounds of Kinshasa*

Baloji with Konono No. 1, “Karibu Ya Bintu,” 2011


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lagniappe

reading table

One needs to keep a clear head when facing pirates in the Amazon.

—Hubert Kinski, 43-year-old Polish explorer, quoted in “‘There’s No Law on the Amazon’: River Pirates Terrorize Ships by Night,” New York Times, 11/18/16

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*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Tuesday, October 11th

sounds of Mali

Toumani Diabate (kora), live, Switzerland (Geneva), 2013

 

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lagniappe

reading table

like clouds drifting apart,
a wild goose separates, for now,
from his friend

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Landis Barnhill

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