sounds of Kinshasa
KOKOKO!, “Likolo,” “Tongos’a,” “Malembe,” live, Washington, D.C., 11/15/19
other day, Forest Park, Ill.
Many nights on the road
and not dead yet—
the end of autumn.
—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass
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