Once Apon A Time in Shaolin

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Some time in April, I heard on the wireless (radio) that Wu Tang Clan had released a secret album, that had been recorded through the course of a number of years. Some how, possibly due to my bad memory, and busy schedule, I neglected to talk about this.

Anyway, the album titled, “ Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” will not be made available commercially…. AT ALL. This mysterious, and extremely fascinating album will however be circulating a number of galleries, and other listening platforms around the world, in it’s very expensive titanium box. The RZA said that a few days after the announcement and release of the album, Wu Tang received a $5 million dollar offer for the copy. The album is a 31 song compilation, and a 51 second clip of Ghost Face was made available by the producer. You can go and listen to the clip here

http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2014/05/06/wu-tangs-secret-album-hear-51-seconds-of-once-upon-a-time-in-shaolin/

The website (http://scluzay.com/) dedicated solely to the album, any purchase offers, or press related queries offers pretty elaborate explanation for this brave endeavour. They say “While we fully embrace the advancements in music technology, we feel it has contributed to the devaluation of music as an art form. By taking this step, we hope to re-enforce the weight that music once carried alongside a painting or a sculpture.”

In the mean time, Wu tang will be releasing a commercial Album titled A Better Tomorrow in July, so keep an eye out for that.

To all this, I say BIG UP WU TANG. I am a great advocate of respect towards artistry, in whatever shape or form. Let’s wait and see what the next move is. It would be nice to get some comments from some of the crew, I did leave a press message, fingers crossed that they get it and I get a reply.

peace and love

xoxo

 

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A-Z of African dances

This is a video courtesy of “an urban dance centre in senegal” I have been looking to find, or even do something like this for a while now. I love African dance, I think it’s just awesome. So between, school, blogging and other things, I will be locking myself in my room and learning these here dance moves. Special thanks to dynamicafrica.com for running such an awesome website.
*breaks into a bad Azonto*
peace and love
xoxo

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Musicians you should definitely get to know.

Good Morning.

Some how, despite my unfortunate lack of vocal rhythm, and pitch, I remain a huge advocate for good music. I have found through the years, that it is the less popular artists that make the best music. I think for me, it is their defiance of the celebrity status that is meant to come with the art they have most probably honed and practiced to perfect, that I find most appealing.

I spend a lot of time alone lately, that time, has led to some incredible musical discoveries on my part and I would really like to share these works of art with you. Please take the time to listen to all the songs and watch all the videos to the songs I post here…. Additionally, I would advise you go through more of these people’s music, I have chosen some of my favourites, or the most recent songs by about 3 or 4 of some of my favourite “discoveries”

 

1. D2amajoe- L’Afrique sans Frontiers

These guys are a group of really great, and very free spirited music geniuses. I have had the privilege of meeting all of them, and I promise I have never seen or heard such intelligence come out of “regular” looking Basotho folk. I have been a die hard fan of the Ts’epe movement for a while now, and after seeing this video, I was nearly in tears. I am really really proud of these brothers. commend them for their hard work, dedication, and philanthropic movement towards initiating “an Africa without borders.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e487wXbqROk

 

2. Next we have Laura Mvula

She is a British soul singer, with whom I fell in love a couple of months ago. I love the artistry in her videos, I commend whoever she works with on that. And of course, a dark skinned, bald headed girl will always win over the heart of a girl like me. she has a very soulful, and rich voice. Give her a listen, you won’t regret it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=cG8dCuMibdI

3. Seinabo Sey

She is a Gambian-Swedish singer, who released her first single not too long ago. The newest of my discoveries, AMAZING voice. cannot get enough of this woman’s voice. she’s also a very beautiful lady, I really love the youthfulness in her music, even though the soul of it remains genuine. dynamicafrica.tumblr.com also has a short article on her worth checking out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=GI5E5ewwN1s

this is what I will be listening to for the next few days. Keep an eye out for some more, for now, I hope you’ve got a good internet connection, or wifi, so you can sit back and enjoy this.
peace and love
xoxo

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Caged Bird…

A free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends

and dips his wing

in the orange sun rays

and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks

down his narrow cage

can seldom see through

his bars of rage

his wings are clipped and

his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings

with a fearful trill

of things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill

for the caged bird

sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze

and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees

and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn

and he names the sky his own

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams

his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream

his wings are clipped and his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings

with a fearful trill

of things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill

for the caged bird

sings of freedom.

I remember studying this poem either in the 2nd or 3rd year of high school. I didn’t understand it then, I relate completely today. The power of great poetry, takes maturity to make sense of sometimes.

Rest In Peace Maya Angelou

 

 

 

I was never a big poetry fan, primarily because I could never really write anything worth reciting. However, I do remember falling in love with Maya Angelou’s work back in high school when we did  caged bird”

Today marks the end of this phenomenal woman’s well lived and very inspirational life. The renowned poet was the great author of I know why the caged bird sings, Phenomenal woman and Still I rise. I remember falling deeper in love with Phenomenal woman after hearing it in a scene of Janet Jackson’s ‘Poetic Justice.’ If you are at all a fan of good literature and remarkable philanthropy Maya Angelou’s story, as well as her work is worth a good read.

In commemoration I will be sharing some of my favourite Maya Angelou poems and interviews. In the meantime here is a link to the official Maya Angelou website.

http://mayaangelou.com/

I pray to the Lord your soul to keep Miss Maya, your legacy will live among young black woman, and most importantly in the hearts of everyone around the world. Rest in peace sacred soul…

peace and love

xoxo