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Wednesday, March 3rd

sounds of Mali

Ballaké Sissoko (kora) with Sona Jobarteh (kora, voice),”Djourou,” 2/17/21

 

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more

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, March 20th

How about something quiet, and delicate, and beautiful?

Ballaké Sissoko (1968-, kora), live, Paris, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Quick the world rushed out like waters.

—Eimear McBride (1976-), A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

Monday, February 10th

sounds of Iran and Mali

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Kayhan Kalhor (1963-, kamancheh) and Toumani Diabaté (1965-, kora), live, Germany (Osnabrück), 2016

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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

Monday, June 1st

sounds of Senegal

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Seckou Keita (kora), “Mikhi Nathan Mu Toma” (The Invisible Man), 2015

Tuesday, February 10th

more sounds of Mali

Toumani Diabate (kora), live, India (New Delhi), 2011


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lagniappe

random thoughts

If today is the answer, what is the question?

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taking a break

I’m taking some time off—back in a while.

Thursday, February 5th

sounds of Mali (day three)

Ballake Sissoko (kora) and Vincent Segal (cello), live, Washington D.C., 2011


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lagniappe

random thoughts

Perpetual astonishment is one plausible response to being alive in this world. Abject despair is another. The list goes on.

Tuesday, February 3rd

sounds of Mali (day one)

Africa Express, “Terry Riley’s in C Mali,” 2013-15

 

I am overwhelmed and delighted by this CD. I was not quite prepared for such an incredible journey, hearing the soul of Africa in joyous flight over those 53 patterns of ‘In C’. This ensemble feeds the piece with ancient threads of musical wisdom and humanity indicating to me that this work is a vessel ready to receive and be shaped by the spontaneous feelings and colours of the magician/musician. I could not ask for a greater gift for this daughter’s 50th birthday.

Terry Riley (1935-)

Friday, August 16th

sounds of Mali

Tired of having your feet on the ground?

Salif Keita, live, Netherlands (Hertme), July 6th

“A Demain”


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“Yamore”


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“Madan”

Wednesday, 3/21/12

career plans for the next life

If none of the other things I’ve mentioned pan out (tap dancer, rubboard player, reggae bassist), I might take a stab at playing guitar in a Malian band.

Salif Keita & Band, live, Germany (Leverkusener), 2010

Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3

More? Here. And here.

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lagniappe

reading table

a glimpse of moon
over my home village . . .
then clouds

—Kobayashi Issa, 1807 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

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taking a break

I’m going to take a little break—back soon.

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