Archive for World Music

Africa Day: Celebrate it with hard work

Posted in Africa with tags , , , , on May 25, 2009 by Rouvanne
African Union

African Union

May is Africa Month; so declared to celebrate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963, although, this organisation was disbanded by former President Thabo Mbeki in 2002, and then reformed as the African Union. The saying goes, ‘a rose by any name would still smell as sweet‘. Or would it? Does this organisation really have to power to change the destiny of this continent and it’s people?

The leaders of tomorrow?

The leaders of tomorrow?

Being an African, and a part of a new generation of South Africans, I am forced to look north towards the rest of the continent, and wonder if it will ever rise out of the misery and sadness that keeps it from really being a part of the world community.

But at the same time I have this terrible problem of being an optimist by nature; I have this faith that this is Africa’s century. A time to be nurtured from within. Really making a go for it! Continue reading

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Good Water Music

Posted in Music notes with tags , on May 22, 2009 by Rouvanne
Petr Spatina the Glass Harpist

Petr Spatina the Glass Harpist

I just came across an amazing street performer (who I have always enjoyed supporting) who makes the most beautiful music with what he calls a “glass harp”. That’s glasses filled with varying levels of water…

Czech musician Petr Spantina has been a street musician for some 20-years, having played in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Greece on the streets, at exhibitions, and on some film sound tracks. That and corporate work – its what you do as a street entertainer once you are good enough. And Petr certainly is. Continue reading

Getting down to it

Posted in Music notes with tags on April 7, 2009 by Rouvanne

A root cause is an initiating cause of a causal chain which leads to an outcome or effect of interest. (Wikipedia)

Traditional Xhosa mouthbow player

Traditional Xhosa mouthbow player Madosini

This easily describes World Music and the continual evoltion of the cultural sounds that have developed with time. I want to talk about this music, and some of the genres that it has developed into as we come closer to home, and todays global music.

I will present stories that not only look to today new world music, but also celebrate yesterdays inspirations.

This will be about music, and the people who create timeless tracks, albums and live shows that lift our souls!

This will be my journey – join me along the way.