Friday, December 5, 2008
Another thing was that I started a post on the Gnawa and realized I knew next to nothing about them that couldn't be found in liner notes or on the web. From my point of view, if you're gonna post something, go ahead and post something. So, I bought a book on the Gnawa, and, let me tell you, I ain't read it yet. And I'm gonna, but, hey, the Gnawa ain't goin' nowhere.
Africa, however, waits for no man. I re-upped BBC's Story of Africa special here:
Back soon, I hope. Happy Holidays.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Guess I’ve been sawing on about the blues in this blog for awhile, but it’s by design.“When I first heard John Lee Hooker – it was in 1967, when a student friend brought back records from Paris – I thought he was an artist from my country,” Malian singer/guitarist, Ali “Farka” Touré told Eliane Azoulay writing for Calao in 1992. “Then I learned he was American, and then I thought he had stolen our music. In fact what in the West they call ‘blues’ is pure Tamasheq (a branch of the Touareg nomads of the
The Touareg occupy a complicated space in African history. Allegedly descended from the Berbers of Northern Africa, they are traditionally guides along the Saharan trade routes that connect sub-Saharan
The Mande people of western Africa, south of the Sahara founded three great empires along the Niger River, in areas now occupied by the parts of Mauritania, Mali, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea, Niger and Burkina Faso. The Ghana Empire, famous for its gold and the worship of a serpent god living in the
Like other music from the grasslands that stretch from the southern border of the
It’s an accident of history that in
Bambana and Touareg links here.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I’m working on the next post, which is on the Gnawa in
It looks like in my absence links for The Story of Africa went dead, so I’m re-upping those as we speak. It also looks like Otha Turner benefited from a burst of holiday interest; big up to him.
So, expect some full on groovy Gnawa jams before January becomes February. Thanks for hanging tight!