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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.

Saturday, 2/19/11

Listen yesterday; go today.

Burkina Faso: Life & Music in West Africa (2007)

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lagniappe

According to the guidebook, Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, but in our experience its people seemed confident and proud of their culture in this 50th anniversary of independence from French colonial rule. Deep red dust carpets the country, kicked up by the mopeds that crisscross the rutted ground and buy markets lining nearly every street. Yet through the coating of dust the people always look impeccably elegant.

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In Burkina, the sun drops away at 7 p.m. sharp. When we returned for the concert, we saw scores of parked mopeds glistening under the full moon., and hundreds of people queuing outside the high crumbling walls enclosing the open air theatre. Inside, beyond the light cast rom the state, a huge crowd bustled quietly in the darkness otherwise shrouding the vast auditorium. Families with children of all ages filled the wooden benches, and here too traders plied bronze jewellery and leather goods around the perimeter.

—Trevor Watts, The Wire, 3/11

Thursday, 2/4/10

Is any label more irritating, or useless, than “world music”?

Toumani Diabate, kora

“Cantelowes,” live, Spain (Seville), 2008

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Talking & Playing

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