Archive for June, 2011


CDs, Music, Reggae, Reviews

CD Review: Youssou N’Dour, Dakar-Kingston

Youssou N’Dour: Dakar-Kingston [Universal/Emarcy, 2011] Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour, one of the greatest voices in African music (or any sort of music, for that matter), has made a reggae album. Actually, I had read a lukewarm review ...
CDs, Music, Reggae, Reviews

CD Review: Rusty Zinn, Manifestation

Rusty, Manifestation [Nine Above Records, 2011] There’s nothing particularly rusty about this guy. He’s got a better-than-average singing voice (he’s even his own harmony section), he knows his way around the guitar (lead, pick and ...
Concerts, Music, Reviews

Slideshow: Vieux Farka Toure in San Francisco

Vieux Farka Toure, son of the late master guitarist Ali Farka Toure, put on an amazing show at The Independent in San Francisco on May 15, 2011. The singer from Mali combined his trademark ...
Movies, Music, Reviews

Documentary: Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

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Jun 23
[caption id="attachment_6605" align="alignright" width="240" caption="A Tribe Called Quest"][/caption] Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest Directed by Michael Rapaport A hip-hop purist’s dream come through, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of ...
CDs, Music, Reviews

CD Review: Lobi Traore, Bwati Kono

Kanaga System Krush, 2010 www.systemkrush.com By now anyone who’s interested knows of the intimate connection between the blues and the traditional music of West Africa. For me and likely many others, the link was first exemplified ...
CDs, Music, Reviews

CD Review: Aurelio, Laru Beya

Sub Pop/Next Ambiance/Stonetree Records, 2011 www.stonetreerecords.com First, an important reassurance: this album has nothing whatsoever to do with that ambiguous but dreaded genre “ambient music.” Why it’s associated with a label called Next Ambiance, I have ...
Activism

Service Learning and Maintenance Upgrades in Hagley Gap, Jamaica

I am visiting Hagley Gap in June and July. We have two large Service Learning Volunteer groups (LearnServe and St. Andrew’s Church) at that time and I will help with their trips. Among other ...
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