Shabaka Hutchings is a paradox. A paradox, that is, in the sense of "a person, thing or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature" (dictionary.com). He was born and lives in the U.K.'s capital city, but he has inherited dark skin and African features from his Barbadian parents. His last name is fairly common in this…Read more Afrikan Culture
Me and My Friends
Judging by how much time we spend together, my best friend is a computer. My Amelia connects me with the world and all the people in it. Sometimes, she sulks, but she is always there when I need some information or advice. She is a great source of entertainment, too. The other day, for example,…Read more Me and My Friends
Where Is Home (Hae Ke Kae)
Crotchety Man watched Later ... with Jools Holland on the TV the other night. There was the usual mix of styles, centred around pop singer/songwriter and pop/rock bands. But one artist stood out. A very black countenance in a sea of Anglo-Saxon faces. A classical cellist among massed electronic instruments. Traditional African dress among conventional…Read more Where Is Home (Hae Ke Kae)
Looking through my recent 'likes' I see several pieces worthy of a mention in these pages. So it's time for another playlist, methinks. But how do you choose the order of the tunes? Are there any rules? Or does it just come down to personal preference? And what happens if you get them horribly out…Read more Order! Order!
The wind can be noisy at times. A strong wind will whip the sea into a seething, hissing foam; it will lash the sails of the yachts in the harbour and slap the rigging lines against the mast. Gales will send trashcans clattering down the street and make the trees moan and creak. Hurricanes will…Read more Listening Wind