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)
Archive for the Music Category
Brilliant new song: “There’s more to Mama Africa than poverty and war.” (Via Chris Vourlias)
Just back from East Africa, where I heard this song on a bus. It’s been in my head ever since.
Back to the present. Love this song! How could it not conquer Eurovision? (via @textorian):
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