Ugh. It’s not just Monday, but a rainy, gloomy Monday. So I turned to one of my favorite feel better albums, Orchestre Baobab’s “Pirate’s Choice.” A fantastic album, it’s dignified and danceable at the same time.
But wait! There’s a new album! It came out at the beginning of the year, and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s a track from “Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng.”
My Monday just got infinitely better. Here’s hoping yours does, too.
Image by Jimmy Huang. Creative Commons license 2.0.
There’s something about African music (old and new) that pulls me in. I adore it.
My theory is that it has something to do about tonality, but I should really do a little research before I pontificate online. In the meantime, here are three dances by Rwandan folk troupes:
This last one is my favorite. The dancers project such a sense of peace and serenity.
I haven’t listened to Rwandan music before: like the dances, it’s slow and dignified and minimal. So beautiful. I love how dramatic the dances are, and also the overlap in roles: some musicians are dancers, and vice versa.
Image: Public Domain, Courtesy of the British Library