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  • hardie karges 10:42 pm on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dhaka Braka, , , Quetzal, ,   

    Summer’s Over… Almost 

    rocky dawuni

    rocky dawuni

    Me again, Knocking on your door, til’ all your walls come tumblin down. Me again, like Jericho before, Babylon walls come tumblin down”– Rocky Dawuni

    I began to lose interest in reggae about the time it began to put me to sleep, about the time it became a really big deal, in fact, too big worldwide, about the time Bob Marley died, and all his disciples and imitators and assorted reggae wannabes were content to roll a fatty and coax a beat from the drum machine with about the frequency of a heartbeat. I wonder how many marijuana (medical, of course) spliffs are extinguished in parched lips to the sound of reggae every year?

    Some of the best reggae happened before I even knew what reggae was, e.g. the Desmond Dekker hit ‘Israelites’ in 1968. Then when the Jimmy Cliff film vehicle ‘The Harder They Come’ came out in 1972, that defined reggae for me. It was only with some persuasion that I began to listen to Bob Marley, and accept his primacy in the genre. Reggae had its Dylan, and had moved beyond its Elvises and assorted pelvises.

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  • hardie karges 10:37 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Girl in a Coma, , , , Nina Diaz, Omar Souleyman, Orquesta Charangoa, Pancho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, Quetzal, Shelby Lynne   

    World Party LA, Very Be Patient: #Escovedo, #Sanchez, #Souleyman 

     

    Omar Souleyman

    Omar Souleyman

    Another week, another music festival to mix and match, tailor to your own designs, tweak to your own proclivities. Last week the best gigs for me were Orquesta Charangoa at LACMA’s Latin Sturdays, one of the village’s best-kept secrets, along with Jazz Fridays, featuring the best in jazz’s extended circles, everybody you hear on K-jazz’s all over the country playing right here sooner or later, most of them, anyway, since many, if not most, are based right here, getting work on film scores and TV jingles that they can’t get elsewhere.

    Then there was Quetzal’s 20th anniversary party at Grand Performances in downtown LA, another pleasure to behold, featuring guests from all friendly genres and many fellow travelers, including members of La Santa Cecilia. The band’s own stuff has progressed far beyond the son jarocho that inspired and informed their early efforts, now evolved into a signature sound that is both indie and trad, Americana and Mex, past and future pop for now people…

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    • Esther Fabbricante 11:34 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Who else but you could describe so vividly the goings-on in your neck of the woods. I wish my great niece could meet you. She is a writer, storyteller, lecturer all over the world.

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