Archive for the Music Category

RIP Tabu Ley

Posted in Africa, Arts in Africa, Music, Video on December 4, 2013 by frankbures

Very sad to say goodbye to one of the greatest musicians in one of the greatest musical traditions.  Tabu Ley Rochereau, 73, passed away November 30, 2013. Here’s some old footage of him with another of my favorites, his partner Mbilia Bel. (Via Africa is a Country)

Twende Twende (Wainaina and Mtukudzi)

Posted in Africa, Arts in Africa, Music, Video on February 3, 2012 by frankbures

Brilliant new song:  “There’s more to Mama Africa than poverty and war.” (Via Chris Vourlias)

 

 

Jaguar: Kigeugeu

Posted in Africa, Arts in Africa, Music, Video on October 17, 2011 by frankbures

Just back from East Africa, where I heard this song on a bus. It’s been in my head ever since.

Stella Mwangi Shines

Posted in Africa, Art, Arts in Africa, Music, Video on March 5, 2011 by frankbures

Back to the present.  Love this song!  How could it not conquer Eurovision?  (via @textorian):

Reunion Mix Tape: Best Songs of the 80’s

Posted in America, Clips, Music, Travel on February 28, 2011 by frankbures

Last summer, I rode my bike 200 miles to my 20-year high school reunion, which I wrote about for the March issue of Bicycling Magazine.  To mark the occasion, I’m counting down the top songs of the 1980s.  Bring on the angst! Bring on the noise! Girls rock your boys!


No. 15: Sweet Child of Mine

Not much to say about this one.  Pure 80’s genius. (Unfortunately, you have to watch it on youtube.)

No 14: Nineteen

Never a more perfect mix of synthesizer and politics. This one’s a heartbreaker. (Click through to watch.)

No. 13: You Spin Me Round

Yeah, yeah, I know.  But how can you not love this? (Once again, only on youtube.)
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Toe Tapping, Dictator Slapping

Posted in Africa, Arts in Africa, Music, Video on September 17, 2010 by frankbures

Nice bit of politics and music from South Africa’s Freshlyground

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