Friday oh Friday.
It gets tougher each time to figure out whats going up here.
I think that I will hold off on requests until next week so that I can go into some stuff that I want to share for this week – a little break from covering requests. If you asked for something a while back and have still not had it go up, don’t be afraid to ask again and let me know that I am slacking. Its tough to keep up and I really don’t have a system for being able to keep track of requests so be forgiving and ask often.
On to la musica, 3 tracks this week since there were a bunch of comments!
Surfing randomly around the web, I happened to land on this gem of a site at the BBC where Andy Kershaw hosts a weekly world music show. Listening to 7th track of the episode from Feb. 4th triggered memories of a group whose music has never been up here.
So today, I share the music of Les Kilimambogo Brothers with Kakai Kilonzo.
The bit rate on this recording is terrible but even that cannot take away from this piece of music.
I have had probably 3 or 4 requests for some Taarab and I remember that I also promised to post some soon so its time to get to that. Even better, this track is Tanzanian so I am getting into being a real East African site like I want to claim. And I promise even more diversity.
Here is Afro yajenga nchi, Kenyans will recognize our 1980′s corruption of this composition into a martial piece that we had to listen to at every national event.
Finally, another B side from the Victoria Jazz Band – this is part 2 of the track Rose Rabi
Finally, before I bid you adieu, goodbye, a track that you ABSOLUTELY need to listen to even if you listen to nothing else that I have posted tonight. I discovered Muki Garang & Mwafrika via a mix tape that he has up at surfacescan (another of my favorite sites!!) .
The track is extremely well polished and produced – I can only hope that he did not pick this up as an instrumental from some other artist. I mean, the track is solid even without the vocals. Then the icing on the cake – the lyrical skills are just A-W-E-S-O-M-E.
Another must listen to is Upuzi which has Kibaki mixed in in some fantastic soundbites – waacha upuzi!!! – unasema ili tujue wewe kumbafu!!!
Then, listen to the rest of the mix tape.
One last thing, this last track from 1988 is not East African so the “finally” that starts the section above is still valid. Our bonus track of the week defies categorization since a ton of great artists from so many genres appear on it. From Wynton Marsalis who plays a short horn solo to John Candy, Joe Williams, Celia Cruz, Willie Nelson, the NY Giants, Keith Hernandez & Mookie Wilson of the Mets, Danny DeVito & Rhea Perlman, Madeline Kahn, and a ton of other folks who get down and SERIOUSLY jam!!
If you don’t know whom these people are, that tells you how old I am … if, on the other hand, you are thinking, “wow, I thought XYZ was dead!” then, maybe you might be a little older than I am.
And, believe it or not somewhere in there, we get Ladysmith Black Mambazo doing a solo! (hint: go to 2:11)
Anyway, our final track of the day: it starts a little slow but be patient. Its worth watching all the way through. And it is only 5 minutes of your life anyway.
 Link updated, original link was removed by the drones at youtube [/end edit]
And we are done!
+ See the world through a different set of eyes – rural Indian children do some photoblogging.
Strictly for fun:
+ I couldn’t make up this stuff if I tried. Students fight over who will put up no-fighting poster first at college via Improbable Research
+ Honest to a fault, I would want to think that I could do this but to be honest, I probably couldn’t
+ Corporate decision making in action: you need to use Windows to learn how to use Windows.
+ Speaking of Jack, try out uselessaccount.com