New Vinyl! I recently bought an excellent compilation by the king of calypso, his majesty the mighty Mighty Sparrow. Some of the tracks are a mixed bag. Generally 'best of' records never quite have the perfect mix. Yet it's fun to see, as a time capsule, what was considered the best of Mighty Sparrow in 1970. 'Jean and Dinah' makes sense but the addition of the slightly atonal 'sell that pussy' makes me smirk.
The first track 'Village Ram' opens with an excellant yowl/scream and the second track, 'sell that pussy' makes me cringe. in a good way.
*Mighty Sparrow: At His Best (Volume 1) Arranged by Eddie Hooper
Dimi Mint Abba may not be a internationally well known as her World Circuit label mates Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab, etc or even Mauritanias new rising star Malouma. Yet Her place in Mauritanian music is almost as strong as Oum Kalthoum's in Egypt. An entire generation heard her music growing up, and Moors tend to speak of her with a nostalgic fondness and pride. I am posting an mp3 from the album 'Moorish Music from Mauritania' which in 1989 was the first studio quality recording of Moorish music by any artist from that country. the first. in 1989.
Her music, and Moorish music in general seems a bit of a cross between the now popular desert blues sound of Mali musicians and traditional arab song, with its emphasis on vocals. Many senegalese musicians are influenced by arab or moorish music, notably baba maal who grew up in Podor which lies on the river bordering the two nations. I saw baba maal play in Podor once, along with a friend who gave me the second song i am posting. The second track is a song by the traditional iggawin of my friends family, who sings songs about his family, caste, and ancestors. Its catchy in a way, with handclapping and alternating male and female vocals.
The Times did a heartbreaking piece on the crises of Africa’s universities, reposted here They state that the failure of these institutions leaves the much needed abilities of its best and brightest untapped and creates “hotbeds of discontent” which:
“Far from being a tool of social mobility, the repository of a nation’s hopes for the future, Africa’s universities have instead become warehouses for a generation of young people for whom society has little use and who can expect to be just as poor as their uneducated parents.”
Mohammed Rafi - Aaja Aaja Main bollywood playback singer mohammed rafi has "performed an estimated 26,000 songs and was heard in 76 films". having spent a good part of my weekend sorting through hundreds of soundtracks this song is one of favorites.
"Eggs, spam, sausage, and spam from Adam: The Weblog.
The development of spam can be seen as an attempt on the part of spammers to push anti-spam filters toward ever more effective methods of recognizing spam and thus allowing genuine human communication to reach the user. In this sense, spam is necessary to the experience of e-mail in the Internet age -- seeing the vast number of messages summarily dispatched by the spam filter, we are reaffirmed in our belief that e-mail provides us always and only with desired communications: convenience-enhancing self-chosen bulletins and, more importantly, real human interaction. The automated refusal of the false intimacy of penis enlargement, call girls, and debt consolidation underwrites and guarantees the real intimacy that electronic communication has always promised.
Indeed, the very experience of the stray fugitive spam message as invasion serves to reinforce the illusion of the electronic medium as a privileged site of intimacy and privacy -- an illusion that is increasingly necessary as the model of security and surveillance comes to dominate what we once thought of as our public life. In this way, spam is the essence and condition of "cyberspace" itself as an adjunct of political control -- and, we may perhaps conjecture, as the possibility of future liberation."
The Amen Break http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SaFTm2bcac
"This fascinating, brilliant 20-minute video narrates the history of the "Amen Break," a six-second drum sample from the b-side of a chart-topping single from 1969. This sample was used extensively in early hiphop and sample-based music, and became the basis for drum-and-bass and jungle music -- a six-second clip that spawned several entire subcultures. Nate Harrison's 2004 video is a meditation on the ownership of culture, the nature of art and creativity, and the history of a remarkable music clip. "
I made a mix called Al-Qaeda: Air- Dead Bodies Keller Williams - God is My Palm Pilot Al Green - Full of Fire Brian Eno - Burning Airlines Give You So Much More Andrew W.K. - Ready to Die Aesop Rock - Kill 'Em All Sex Pistols - Submission Moldy Peaches - NYC's Like Graveyard Mazzy Star - Into Dust The Flaming Lips - Feeling Yourself Disintegrate Hefner - God is on my side Tom Waits - I'll take NYC Beat Happening - Godsend Elvis Costello - Indoor Fireworks Pavement - So Stark (You're a Skyscraper)
Its not meant to be funny so much as just kind of fuck-up the way you listen to music
An unabashed xenophile, my blog looks at emerging ideas and patterns in global pop music and its audience/reception. Unimpressed with majority music scholorship and journalism, I hope to bring my own perspective to the crowded behemoth that is music bloggery. Other intrests include tourism and nation branding, 'gayness' lived and concieved in pop, and the technologies that connect and divide us.
I recently worked for ACF doing sampling and mapping in Haiti, and will soon be heading back to school to officially pursue public health. I studied critical theory and religious studies at Hobart and William Smith in New York , as well as international relations and development at Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis in Senegal.
I do freelance and volunteer writing, grant-writing and french translation for non-profits in the tri-state area.