gift update

hallo compadres …

thank you to all of you who have contributed lyrical content(ment) (and also to all of you who sent promises to add your voices to the chorus … ahem, we await you!

my thoughts remain firmly on this theme – a new tune, an exploration of the threads that bind us as africans – here follows a context, for those of you just joining the platform …

A group of ‘us’ is organising a gathering of thinkers, activists and artists around the question, how do we (re?)establish mutually fruitful and nurturing links between Africans on the continent and in the diaspora? And what role can new technologies play in this?

Our theme is “entangled nations”. We are going to stage a performance using live music, words, noise, dance and animation at the soon-to-be completed Africa Centre complex in Stellenbosch at the end of January, 2007.

Now, having in mind the comments posted by some of you around ‘African-ness’ lately, I’d like to ask you to take a listen to a new tune i am working on called (for now…) “Africanami” (Click to Download). Its set over what begins as a 6/4 and then ends up as a 3/4 (waltz) rhythm – many musicologists identify the 6/4 beat as strongly African and associated with jazz. it’s in a minor key – which many musicologists believe (wrongly) to be ‘not very African’… the tune has a strong sense of belonging to an African (i think) while at the same time using ‘tricks’ like samples, reversed effects and inserted ‘vinyl dirt’ on the Rhodes keyboard.

When you’ve listened to the song, please send through any ideas for lyrics you may have … I hope to splice your ideas together into a few stanzas, to either be sung or recited over the chords at the January gathering!