Stories about Music from October, 2006
Fernando Casale has uploaded a video of a live rehearsal of Pablo Dacal and La Orquesta de Salón.
Nyasha Lang reports on a visit to Dangriga Town, Belize, where she visits a radio station run by a Garifuna perfomer and learns how easy it is to fall into the habit of wearing several hats.
JT at the Caribbean Beat weblog notes the addition of a plaque honouring reggae superstar Bob Marley to London's list of blue plaques designating landmarks associated with well-known figures: “It's been an interesting week for reggae in London, as officialdom takes a sudden new interest in the music. On Wednesday,...
Reminiscing Martiniquan/Guadeloupean group Kassav's song “Zouk la se sel medikaman nou ni” [” Zouk is our only medicine”], France-based Oliviermr2 posts a graphic depicting a couple dancing zouk and writes (Fr): “With how cold it is right now, that would be very welcome.”
Chapinadas gives a Guatemalan-centric history of the marimba.
Leila Tanayeva reports on the screening of three documentaries on Central Asian music that recently took place in Prague.
Dykun posts a 2005 video from a wedding in the town of Pidhajtsi, Ternopil region of Ukraine.
A rather amusing video from a Belarusian wedding party causes a rather serious discussion about the country's present and future, reports TOL's Belarus Blog.
Christopher Yee Mon reports that Trinidadian rock band Tripped and Fallen is offering their latest album as a free download.
Fernando Casale links to the can't-be-missed music video from the Argentine band El Robot Bajo El Agua.
Wordsbody announces the call for Fela centred short stories from Reputations Consulting, “Call for Fela centred, fictional short stories,features articles and biographical sketches on “FELA The Folklore: A Peoples’ Biography for all categories of prose writers.”
Africans love salsa! Naija Blog announces that Africa Salsa Congress will take place in Nigeria.
Matsuli music remembers the great Malian musician, Ali Farka Toure: “Cancer claimed Ali Farka Toure's life earlier this year. I'm thankful we can continue to feel his presence in the recordings he has left behind. Nick Gold and the producer Jerry Boys captured some of his greatest moments for the...
Onnik Krikorian reports that Vostan Hayots, the “Armenian Metallica,” is reuniting for a few shows.
Ghana voices this week are from entries written about Ghana by non-Ghanaians. The first, by Leanne, writing in her blog An American in Africa, marvels at the “ever-evolving, always under repair, rarely striped or shouldered” roads that dot the country and the capital. She posts a few pictures of the...
Guyana-Gyal walks down to the sea — “just to see what I could see” — and has an encounter with Guyanese music star Eddie Grant that makes her ponder the true meaning of “development”.
Ethnicloft writes about Jay-Z's musical tour in Africa, “Shawn Carter (aka Jay-Z, on horse back in photo) is making waves in Africa. He has been using his musical tour of the continent to drive a social cause – by drawing attention to the world’s growing water crisis. I like that!”
Kikuyumoja's Realm attends a special musical event, the Spotlight on Kenyan Music Vol.2: “Spotlight on Kenyan Music Vol. 1 has already been a success – my friend Mbuzimoja had sent me a compilation last year, so this time I didn’t want to miss it and catch the spirit for myself....
Felabration, similar to Felaversation, is a series of posts about Nigeria's Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti: Felabration, Fela's pictures that speak thousands words, Afrobeat Academy, Spirits of Fire Dance, Gen X Afrobeaters, and Felabration is About Aids Awareness.
Like many parts of the modern world, unemployment is a plague attacking Arab countries. Anonymous blogger Alloush writes about a discovery he made while surfing the world wide web. The Arab blogger found an online forum bringing together unemployed people from across Saudi Arabia – which he is quick to...
Avistando Quimeras [ES], a blog from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is excited about the appearance of indie lo-fi singer-songwriter, Devendra Banhart at the launching of the Personal Fest, a music festival sponsored by Motorola. Juan Martín, the blog's author wrote, “Go with the idea that you'll be bombarded with subliminal advertising...