week's show featured Carnival music and a drop-in appearance
by members of Affro-Muzika, on their way from Sacramento
to Seattle. Tomorrow they return to Olympia for a benefit
show for Olympia's Procession
of the Species. Affro-Muzika members Shimita El Diego,
Nene Tchakou, Kibisi Douglas, and Jeffura talked about
their experience with the band, and their upcoming CD "Ceasefire."
Look for it this summer. The show ended with STG
favorite Moana Maniapoto's 2003
International Songwriting Competition Grand Prize-winning
song "Moko" describing the traditional, sacred
body decoration of New Zealand's Maoris. READ
MORE ABOUT THE COMPETITION...
Our cover song of the week was, well, several
songs. Carnival/Mardi Gras songs tend to be covers as much
as originals, and we heard several of those. But I'll
proclaim one particular song as this week's official cover
song: MacUmba's delightful version of Robert Burns' "A
Man's A Man." The plaintive, uplifting melody is carried
by the piper (appropriate enough for a warmup to Jim
solo show this evening in Olympia [see calendar])
accompanied by Brazilian drumming.