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 Video Category
Here’s a slick, bizarre, unintentionally hilarious video promoting the Bridge of The Horns that I wrote about in Nowhere Magazine last year. Is the distance between rhetoric and reality greater than the distance between Djibouti and Yemen? Who knows? Maybe someday “the dream of seeing the future of mankind bathed in light,” will come true after all.
It truly is a new geological era. Very cool to see. Slightly alarming to contemplate. (Via Gizmodo)
Another very cool overflight video from the ISS, if you can tune out the Michael Bay soundtrack.
Brilliant new song: “There’s more to Mama Africa than poverty and war.” (Via Chris Vourlias)
Very cool set of videos from the Space Station, which you may have seen but are worth seeing again. List of locations can be found here.
If you think poetry is boring or difficult or a waste of time, then you probably weren’t at the premiere of MotionPoems at the Open Book Center in Minneapolis. The brainchild of poet Todd Boss and graphic designer Angella Kassube, MotionPoems take poems from the Best American Poetry, among other places, and hands them over to visual artists who make short films out of them. The result is a powerful and evocative elaboration on the original work. Brilliant stuff:
Just back from East Africa, where I heard this song on a bus. It’s been in my head ever since.