Thursday, August 25, 2016

Retro

To Pimp A Butterfly is, was, and remains forever excellent, excellent.  
 
We're still celebrating.

I'm also watching British comedy from 1980s NTA (Nigerian Television)
including
Every episode of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (Frank Spencer) and Fawlty Towers.
 
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It's the worldwide Frank Ocean festival this week and probably next week too.  It's beautiful how through his music, we have had to slow down.  Not consume-and-dump, not analyse, speculate, hail, or rant, but
just let some music play in the background of life;
just work or chill or build a frigging staircase to nowhere (or in my home these days, learn about mold allergies and bedbug infestation)
and let music do its thing.

Friday, August 19, 2016

African spirituality and the late-summer festivals

Tis the season...
to travel the Nigerian SouthWest
indulge in Yoruba culture
drink palmwine, eat goat-meat
and check out cultural festivals :
I know of the Badagry festival 
and I've been at the Osun Oshogbo festival.  

This year's August festival dates and schedules:
Badagry Festival 13th to 27th August 2016 (Grand finale next weekend!! And the roads are relatively nice and free - no more crazy traffic and construction - so you should get out to Badagry, Lagos and catch the very colourful sights, see the museums, the beach, the masquerades, ...)
https://www.naij.com/934404-see-happened-osunosogbo-arugba-appeared-seclusion-photos.html
The Oshun-Oshogbo festival 8th to 19th August 2016 (Grand finale just happened today and you can catch the frenzied photo-coverage on Nigerian news sites Naij, Vanguard, PM News, and more.  Learn about the Arugba, the sacred grove and shrine, the river and the worship of Osun, a fertility goddess and patron of Osogbo town.  You can also find tourist tidbits from Osogbo for 2013, 2014, and 2015 at REALbubbler)

Out in Accra, Ghana too, there's an annual festival in mid- to late-August.  It's an artist's dream just a few hours' drive from Lagos, but it seems I'll have to wait till next year to see it live.  Called the Chale Wote Street Art Festival, this year it's themed "Spirit Robot" and holds from August 15th-21st 2016.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Opera: Sorrowful Mysteries


Lifted, by Palmistry


Every Breaking Wave / The Troubles, by U2 


Solomon, by IKON


The Renaissance, by Tomi Thomas


Bittersweet Symphony, by The Verve


The Five Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Agony in the Garden // The Scourging at the Pillar // The Crowning with Thorns // The Carrying of the Cross // The Crucifixion

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Concert: Chemistry's Mysteries


Lady Jay - Oh My My My


James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream


St. Beauty - Holographic Lover

A side-note on referrals:
I don't always remember the history of how I "discovered" a particular track, album, or artiste, but for the above three I have names and dates: Tec, Ghost, and Janelle Monae - beautiful discoveries yielding beautiful discoveries.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Embossed

Stopped by this little store near my house to buy (a bag of pure) water.
The owner also stocks greeting cards - birthday cards and such - remember those?
http://www.terapeak.com/worth/vintage-birthday-greetings-girl-pink-dress-roses-flowers-embossed-card-unused/272263329357/
 Remember the pure pleasure of the thick card paper and embossed pink flowers and sparkly lettering on the front of the card, to start with? 
https://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/patternmania/339213/vintage_dear_daughter_birthday_card_embossed_flowers_sparkle_dress/vintage/ephemera/cards
The preferably-not-icky poetry inside. 
http://www.papercards.com/sp/CD11354.asp
 Cards were Hallmark or budget or something nice-and-in-between;
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Female-Birthday-Greetings-Card-JJ8887/dp/B00HRVTSCQ/ref=pd_sim_229_5/277-3309754-6488729?ie=UTF8&dpID=51xKiipBUtL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR120%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=A1NX26ANA732AXD884SE
or (starting in the late nineties) sometimes afrocentric and handmade. 
https://www.google.com/search?q=handmade+cards+birthday+nigeria+craft&client=firefox-b-ab&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiblenMoe7NAhXG0xQKHTkEDlEQsAQIHQ&biw=1525&bih=745&dpr=0.9
Real cards were just such a great idea, before e-cards, before no-cards. 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Someone-Special-Birthday-Purple-Flowers/dp/B009YFDYVE/ref=pd_sim_229_1/277-3309754-6488729?ie=UTF8&dpID=51UH%2B-kf5nL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=A1NX26ANA732AXD884SE
I'll have to find an excuse to give a card again sometime.  
http://adventuresofmel.com/2014/01/5-steps-to-help-you-remember-and-organize-family-birthdays-valuecards.html
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https://www.google.com/search?q=embossed&client=firefox-b-ab&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiLq6z5mO7NAhVsBsAKHbYSApoQ_AUICCgB&biw=1525&bih=745&dpr=0.9
P.S. To everyone who loves me (yeah, you), thank you for loving me.