Show Notes: Of course I had far more music from Asia than
i could possibly play, but I got a good sampling in, from classical
Japanese koto to Singapore pop and Indian devotional. Got up to
Seattle to see Stella Chiweshe (Zimbabwe) and Djelimady Tounkara
(Mali) this week. Stella played as a woman posessed - the spiritual
tradition that suffuses m'bira playing was clear. Djelimady put
on an excellent show - even better than last years' shows here
in Olympia. The whole band was energetic, and seemed to be having
a great deal of fun. Playing with amazing virtuosity, they were
not only impressive, but fun to dance to. The floor of Meany Theater
was bouncing with people swaying along with Bamba Dembele's beats.
If you get a chance, see these guys. I did miss n'goni player
Foday Sacko, who played with them last year. Still, with their
new Tacoma Guitars, Djelimady and rhythm guitarist Samba Diabaté
tore up the place. At the start of the second set, they did a
duet that ended with a rapid exchange of kora riffs, and Samba
was matching Djelimady note for note. I'll try to scribble up
a longer review this weekend and post it.
# Our cover song of the week was Susheela Raman's
version of the Jungle Book's "Trust In Me," from her
cd Salt Rain. Very straightforward, but still a little creepy,
even with a woman singing instead of that slippery serpent....