music clip of the day


Category: Africa

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


Salif Keita, live, London, c. 2002




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




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



And they’re playing at Elastic.

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




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




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




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




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)

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