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Wednesday, May 23rd

3n
day two

Trio Da Kali (Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, vocals; Mamadou Kouyaté, bass ngoni, vocals; Fodé Lassana Diabaté, balafon), live (studio), Seattle, 2017

“Eh Ya Ye”

 

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“Kanimba”

 

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“Guede”

 

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“Dissa”

 

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lagniappe

reading table

the morning light is in us

—Peter Gizzi, from “Lullaby”

Wednesday, April 4th

more

Salif Keita, live, London, c. 2002

 

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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

 

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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

 

Friday, July 21st

can’t wait

Monday night, Chicago—Millenium Park.

Amadou & Mariam (feat. Manu Chao), “Senegal Fast Food,” 2004

 

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random thoughts

The story we tell ourselves of who we are is just that—a story we tell ourselves of who we are.

Saturday, June 24th

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, Germany (Stuttgart), 1995

 

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reading table

[C]ommunication is an undependable but sometimes marvelous thing.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter to Randall Jarrell, December 26, 1955

Monday, June 12th

what’s new

Oumou Sangaré, “Kamelemba,” 2017

 

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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reading table

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

Tuesday, October 11th

sounds of Mali

Toumani Diabate (kora), live, Switzerland (Geneva), 2013

 

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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

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