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Friday, March 31st

what’s new

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


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

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

Saturday, October 1st

more

Habib Koite, “Wassiye,” live


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art beat: other day, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)

Stuart Davis (1892-1964), “Swing Landscape,” 1938

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Friday, September 30

sounds of Mali and South Africa

Twelve strings, two voices—that’s it.

Habib Koite (Mali; lead vocals, guitar), Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa; vocals, guitar), “Africa,” live (studio performance), Seattle, 2016

 

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Deep autumn—
my neighbor,
how does he live, I wonder?

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

Monday, September 19th

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, Switzerland (Winterthur), 2013


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she keeps the nest
nice and neat . . .
widow bird

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Thursday, June 30th

No matter how I’m feeling—up, down, whatever—he makes me feel better.

Tony Allen (1940-), drummer

Live, Paris, 2015

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Live (with Oghene Kologbo & World Squad), Brussels, 2014


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Interview, 2015

 

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill. (Roscoe, my granddog)

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Monday, June 20th

what’s new

Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra (Tony Allen, drums, et al.)
“Bade Zile,” 2016


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We don’t want him thinking too much.

Cubs pitcher John Lackey on rookie catcher Wilson Contreras’s first start tonight, following last night’s home run in his first big-league plate appearance—on the first pitch

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