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Music Wednesday

I have been commuting a lot recently and the mp3 player and Junot Diaz have been great companions. It took me a while to get around to reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and I highly recommend it.  The Dominican references have me drawing for some Spanish tunes and it has been pretty sweet. Join me if you will 🙂

1) Sergio Mendes- Magalena.

2) Orishas – Cuba

3) Buena Vista Social Club – El cuarto de Tula

Happy Hump Day!

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makes the people come together- Carnival round up

I promised a while back a carnival music post. It’s festival time in the region! I was going to post about all the winners of soca monarch so far  followed by larging up the women competing in islands where the competition hasn’t been held yet. Then I started to search for women competing and low and behold I’m beginning to side with Destra, Denise and Fay-Ann have been saying for years is true: there are so few women (competing) in soca b/c the the industry is not supportive of women. I’d never taken their position too seriously, after all, they are staples in the industry. Shameful analysis I know… this is what happens when lyrics of rum, wine, jump and wave are in my head, I’m not as sharp as I should be. So I dedicate this post to the facts, competing in soca as a women cannot be an easy road, it must also be pretty lonely. Thank you Calypso Rose and the many others for helping pave the way.

Fya Empress in St. Vincent: Rum Please

Sergie in St. Lucia: Ah Drunk

Interesting theme between songs one and two.

Shout out to the women competing in the soca monarchs in Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados and Grenda.

Tizzy in Antigua & Barbuda: Give it to Me

Nathalee in Barbados: Good Wukka Man

Nekoyan in Grenada: Miss the  Plane

Wishing everyone a safe, enjoyable and exciting carnival!

*Relevant side note: I’m not feeling any of these songs in particular, but I’m sure if were in the country having the music pushed at my non-stop on the radio, in the bus, in the car I’d have clearer favourites.

#4 how are you f’ing up your community?

the penultimate post in the f’ed up series

how are our fabulous six f’ing up their communities, you ask? well…

 

full length individual trascripted videos on f’ing up:

virtual space | conversations | activism for equality

via arts | sexual health | yoga & farming

makes the ppl come together- hmmmmm music

I was going to do a “summer” carnival music post but really I have to do a little more research for it to be a quality post. But biggin’ up all the people getting ready for the road in St. Lucia and St. Vincent in July, Antigua, Barbados, Nevis and Grenada in August…. if only I had the money and the stamina.

So instead of carnival music I give you music that makes me go hmmmmm….

Hmmmm… Well everyone’s talking about Erykah and this video. Yeah, it’s certainly not something I’d do and definitely do not get but I’m pretty sure that no matter what she does I’ll always kinda love her for seemingly doing whatever the fuck she wants. And no matter what she does some people will always not love her. NSFW.

**** pulled this video  because of a statement posted on her facebook page re: her outrage re: not being consulted on the final product, racism and sexism suck.*****

So here’s a daring Erykah we know she was okay with.

Hmmmm… Nostalgia’s powerful. Saw this not-so- amazing clip from the Summer Jam concert in NY last week. I’ve said it b4 and I’ll say it again, Lauryn Hill’s voice is not the toughest, but every time I see her even if I know I’ll be a little disappointed, I get chills.

Hmmmm…. Very different sound, I heard my neighbour singing this one morning when I was hanging out clothes. Her daughter’s pretty funny and her voice is pretty incredible. Going back down memory lane is a little easy in this ages of digital pictures…

Fyah Links Friday

If  I was a rich girl (shout out to Louchie Lou) I would buy lots of art. I have a few pieces up on my walls currently but I would love to support Caribbean, African, Indigenous photographers,  painters and sculptors and craft persons and fill my space with colour and light and creativity and all that good stuff.

Until then, I stalk it online 🙂

I wanna share some stuff that I have found, hope you enjoy it as well.

1.) This little girl and her afro makes me smile 🙂

http://creativecoolture.tumblr.com/post/9177633260

2.)  This site has photography,  design, as well as quotes. I really enjoy browsing

http://politicsandfashionshi.tumblr.com/page/2

3.) The District, a new offshoot from African Digital Art , displaying and discussing creative expression from continental Africa

http://africandigitalart.com/community/gallery/

By the way, I love these bracelets! Anyone know where I can get a few let me know! 

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