There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like kicking back at the end of a long hard week, looking back at the blessings of the last seven days and thinking just how great it is to be alive and wondering what to post about.
I actually had a couple of tracks lined up for tonight including a very melancholy one by a gentleman named Mohammed Issa Matona but that will have to wait for next week since I am absolutely positively ready to get down tonight. Has to be straight up jammin’ tunes: none of that girl she left me all by my lonesome” type music.
Interestingly enough, one of the tunes that has been stuck in my craw all week has been a horn-driven high octane track that meets this description to a ‘t’ by none other than Tabu Ley himself. So, tonight, I give you Ibeba
Tabu Ley Rochereau is a musician of legendary ability and impecable pedigree as is clearly illustrated in this photo that captured him with the rest of the musical giants of African Jazz circa 1980.
Can I post anything else that will top that killer track?
I dont think so meaning I won’t even try.
+ I think that it is just plain ridiculous that the University of Southern California has Congolese and East African music available for patrons to borrow while Kenya National Library Services main branch in Nairobi, which finally has an online presence (but no online catalog) does not.
Baby steps, baby steps.
+ Some of the photos in this thread are just amazing.
+ Robin Marantz Henig in the New York Times on Darwin’s God