10/9/17: Monday Funday Dance Party

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.

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7/18/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!

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