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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

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)

Saturday, February 13th

another take

Africa Express, “Terry Riley’s In C Mali,” live, London (Tate Modern), 2014


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I wouldn’t try to capture it
on the page, or in a blog, the inauspicious
leavings of a day. Closer to dream
than the hum of streets, and people
who once walked along them.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “Gravy for the Prisoners,” excerpt (Breezeway, 2015)

Wednesday, January 27th

sounds of Mali

Tinariwen with Lalla Badi, “Tinde Final Tinariwen,” live, Paris, 2014

Saturday, November 21st

sounds of Mali and France

Amadou & Mariam with guest Bertrand Cantat, live, France (near Belfort), 2012

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We dream – it is good we are dreaming –
It would hurt us – were we awake –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #584 (Franklin), excerpt

Tuesday, June 2nd

sounds of Mali

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba, “Siran Fen,” 2015


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my rice field too
song by song
is planted

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

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The Beatles (Comiskey Park). The Who (Kinetic Playground). The Velvet Underground (Kinetic Playground). The MC5 (Lincoln Park). Bob Marley (Quiet Knight). The list goes on and on. My musical life is unimaginable without the experiences I’ve had with my brother Don, who turns 65 today. Happy Birthday!

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