AFROCUBISM @ BOZAR (16/11/10)

Whereas the country of “perpetual revolution” seems at a crossroads, one of its best ambassadors, the Buena Vista Social Club, is livelier than ever, still managing to arouse unanimity around its bedazzling music.

At an age where most people think about retirement, if they aren’t retired already, the Cuban grandpa’s keep innovating ! One of them, Eliades Ochoa, even has a new project, “Afrocubism“, which is a subtle alliance of his Cuban musical roots and music from Mali, a North-Western African country that has launched so many world class artists in the past decades (Ali Farka Toure and Amadou & Mariam, to name but a few) it’d deserve some sort of international award.

Did the first human being originate from what is  now the African continent ? Hard to say and, actually, it doesn’t really matter. There’s a high probability, however, that the very first structured sound ever conceived was created in the Southern hemisphere, from where it “conquered” the world…

It may sound cliché, but rhythm and melody are undoubtedly among the undeniable gifts from “God” to the African people, gifts the white man has always been so jealous of he has been trying to take his revenge in every possible way…

Next tuesday, though, it’ll be the “black music” that will shine @ BOZAR, for everyone’s pleasure…

UNDERWOLD live @ I LOVE TECHNO (GHENT, 11/13/10)

To those (and, unfortunately, they are numerous…) who don’t mind spending loads of “eurodough” to spend 6 hours or more in a modern bunker, so far away from where da shit happenz – Respekt, BXL ! Ouais ! Ouais ! Ouais ! (& Pce 2 the Vooruit) – 2 hear, op een paar uitzonderingen na, waaronder hoger vermelde, unbearable boink boink technö which, if Wagner inspired the nazi’s, could today emulate thousands of brainless zombies, and to get proposed XTC or other shite @ the corner of every (dark) room, or the ones who simply can’t resist watching Underworld perform a live set, go to Ghent on 11/13 : you won’t regret it… except if you don’t like all the rest I mentioned, of course…

RMMBR DA LUV (PARADE), PPL !!!!!!!!

3 GIGS NOT TO MISS !

Ozric Tentacles @ VK  —> 29/10/10

post-concert appreciation : humble & smiling as always, yet extremely pro, mix of ancient (e.i. a few “Erpland” tracks) & new stuff (e.i. “Mooncalf”, from their latest album, “The Yum Yum Tree”), perhaps a lil too many “fast-paced guitar wall of sound” tunes @ the end, but that’s apparently what the VK crowd wanted that night. The Ozrics “apologized” for not coming to Brussels during the past five years and promised they’d be here more often from now on. We’ll hold them to that promise, especially the long haired, super-cute and smart looking guy in charge of the electro sound effects…

Burning Spear @ Théâtre national (Festival des Libertés)  —> 30/10/10

post concert appreciation : “Jah” Winston did it again (though he’d probably refuse to be called that way) ! When he first came on stage, he looked shaky and high as heaven – the Belgian weed perhaps… – but, man, did he and his musicians give us what we were expecting !!! Two hours and a half of “big band reggae” with his trademark deep voice, his philosophical and political message, an energy like no other, outstanding percussions by Mr. Rodney himself and simply divine melodies that sent you straight into the cosmos. Kool crowd too… the band even stayed 15 minutes after their exhausting performance to shake hands and sign autographs… MASTER CLASS !!!

Mad Professor @ Magasin 4  —> 06/11/10

“[LA] NEGRITUDE N’EST NI UNE TOUR, NI UNE CATHEDRALE; ELLE PLONGE [SES RACINES] DANS LA CHAIR ROUGE DU SOL…………………………………..”

(Léopold Sédar Senghor, Femme noire –

also sampled by King Britt in their “Conviction” track / album : “The Cosmic Lounge“, 2007 –

once again, check out : www.lamediatheque.be, unrelated to this site)

Brussels is blessed, people !!!

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