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Lira & MiCasa: A Taste of Contemporary South African Music

LIRA & MICASA: SOUTH AFRICAN MUSICIANS WHO PERFORMED AT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S 2nd INAUGURATION

On the night of the 2nd Obama inauguration, the continent of Africa was soulfully represented at the Inaugural balls by South African Queen of soul, Lira, and cutting edge House Band MiCasa.

As I finish up my background write up on south Africa as part of expanded context for President Obama’s trip to the continent of Africa, here’s  some music to tap our feet and wiggle our bodies to. As the cliché goes, music is the lifeblood of humanity.

I present solo artist Lira and trio Micasa who were specially invited to represent Africa at the inaugural balls the night of President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration in DC this past January. Both acts were from South Africa and represent the new vibrant face of South Africa and Africa as a whole.

Lira (Lerato Molapo)

Lira did an abrupt career change from accountant to singer to fulfill a passion when she released her debut album, All My Love in 2003  It is no surprise she’s dubbed South Africa’s Queen of Soul and the spirit of Miriam Makeba for a new generation

Phakade

Rise Again

Feel Good

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Micasa  is one of the hottest bands that took House music from South Africa’s clubs and crashed the mainstream scene in 2011 with their debut self-titled albums that went platinum and grabbed Album of the year and other awards.

Mo T (trumpeter), Dr. Duda (keyboard, producer), J Something (Lead Vocalist,, Songwriter)

The trio shows the multicultural amalgam that South Africa is with lead singer and songwriter Joao Fonseca (aka J Something), who was born in Portugal but grew up in Stellenbosch

Trumpeter, Mo T (Moshe Kgasoane), is a young man with a veritable musical pedigree, who stirs memories of another South African veteran, Hugh Masekela, but this time for the contemporary generation. His riffs ground the music in the polyrhythms of South African musical culture.

Mo T

The glue holding the group together is whiz producer Dr. Duda, who masters all instruments and produces many of the emerging House music artists. With trademark headphones jauntily wrapped around head

“These Streets”

All the Glory

La Vida

This song tips the hat to J Something’s Portuguese roots, but you wouldn’t know it’s a language foreign to young South Africans (it’s spoken in neighboring Angola, and Mozambique). Fans and MTV Base (broadcast on continent-wide satellite channels) audiences turned this song into an anthem in 2011/2012. I really find the Lego (TM) interpretation original and hilarious. But it speaks to the vibrant global outlook of of the continent’s young who see themselves as powerplayers anywhere, on their own terms

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KWAITO & HIP HOP GENERATION

Lira & MiCasa belong to the generation of post-Apartheid musicians seeking to redefine South African cultural and melodic identities, more ecumenical (as in MiCasa’s “All the Glory” above), and ambitious to conquer global audiences on the continent and beyond. Preceding them was the new possibilities that Kwaito music set in the last decade of the 20th Century.

Kwaito Music was born with the release of Nelson Mandela from Prison in 1990.

“In the 1990s, a new style of township music, kwaito, grabbed the attention and the hearts of South Africa’s black youth. Just as township “bubblegum” had drawn on American disco, so kwaito put an African spin on the international dance music of the 1990s, a genre loosely referred to as house music. Young South African music-makers gave it a homemade twist but with echoes of hip-hop and rap.”

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Yvonne Chaka Chaka in the 1980s, and later feisty prodigy Brenda Fassie, both took South African pop music in new directions, with the latter artist  (sadly she died in 2004) creating the foundations for Kwaito music;

Yvonne Chaka Chaka “Umquombothi”

Brenda Fassie “Vulindlela”

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Kwaito classics like Arthur Mofokate’s Oyi Oyi set dance floors pounding

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And finally may the late King of South African Reggae, Lucky Dube, get some “Respect”

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Will post rest of piece on South Africa tomorrow, including peak into other South African musical artists, both veterans and newbies

In the meantime enjoy…la…la. Vida….

***UPDATE***:

Ok, I see there are some oldies “pata pata” fans out here so I’ll prematurely throw in 2 Miriam Makeba’s classics

Pata Pata

Malaika


189 Responses to “Lira & MiCasa: A Taste of Contemporary South African Music”


  1. 1 GGail
    June 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    zizi, I’ve been waiting for this!

  2. June 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I’ll say it because it must be said: Lira is HAWT! Sweet lord.

  3. June 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Whew, Lovely at the end of a busy day.

  4. 11 Dakota
    June 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Good Evening TOD Family! Chips and all of the blog tyrants…you have out-done yourselves! This has indeed been some week!

    Chips, I will forever be grateful to you for providing this extraordinary place for us…a place of information, TRUTH, support and love. Thank you for all the beautiful pictures of the First Family’s trip to the Motherland. They just touched my heart in so many ways.

    I just want to say that I LOVE the pictures of the First Families of the U.S.A and S.A. The First Ladies looked stunning…love the dress and that color on the FLOTUS. And Mrs. Zuma…show ’em what you’re workin’ with 1st Lady!

    Love Lira!

  5. June 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    So, after a quick catch-up, I see I’ve missed the Guardian doing a faceplant from 500 ft. up, and Jake Tapper being a querulous gutternsnipe when called out on his Obama vitriol.

  6. 17 Dudette
    June 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Awesome! Gotta go out for a bit, but can’t wait to get back and check out these wonderful bits of heaven.

    Thanks zizi!

  7. 18 Dudette
    June 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

  8. June 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    https://twitter.com/pmmckenzie/status/351137212190048257

    As we’ve always suspected. Old Orange is no different from DU.

  9. 23 GGail
    June 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Testing, testing….
    are my comments appearing here??

  10. June 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  11. 37 a4alice
    June 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    nuts i have to leave. but when I get back this is right where I’m coming. see you cats latah.

  12. 38 arapaho415
    June 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    For those who enjoy vintage black-and-white photos on a sultry Summer’s night.

    Yes, the articile is a couple of days old, and yes, it’s from the UK tabloid Mail Online. I don’t believe anything they say, but I do cruise over to take a look at their pictures, which can’t be beat (and which are always displayed on a single page).

    There’s Jackie Robinson, Joe Lewis, James Earl Jones, and a whole host of other goodies from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

  13. 39 Nena20409
    June 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    So it is Pata Pata……..Time? Oh Yes, indeed 😉

    Party, Twist, Shout, Party like it is still 1999……Wow.

    My shoes are off and my shoulders are not stiff and my hips are flexible and my legs are Ready to Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance…………………….

    Lovely. Thanks Zizi.

  14. June 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    thank you zizi. for all your information that you’ve been blessing us with about Africa.

  15. 42 Dakota
    June 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Haven’t heard Brenda Fassie in quite a while! Nice!

  16. 43 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Awww…Zizi you’ve got me all choked up. My parents loooooooooove Brenda Fassi, Miriam Makeba, and Lucky Dube and I grew up hearing their songs. This brings back so many memories. I screamed when I saw you had included Brenda Fassi. I heard Vulindlela pretty much all the time. OMG…..OMG…..OMG!!!! I’m going to call my mom and dad and freak out. Thank you so much.

  17. 44 amk for obama
    June 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    lira is a hawt mimosa. How good is her singing ? ….. Who cares?

  18. June 29, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    OK, SOS Kerry presser is on:

  19. 54 GGail
    June 29, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I see it’s Naughty Mat time for the TOD fella’s tonight 🙂

    • 55 Dakota
      June 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      LOL! She is a beauty!

    • 56 nathkatun7
      June 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Yes indeed! I confess for being one those fellas! As VP Biden would say, Lila is “drop dead gorgeous!” I can’t believe I missed seeing her during the inauguration.

  20. 57 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    For some reason, I am unable to listen to any of the videos. Every time I click one, just as it starts to play, I get a white screen for every one. Yikes.

    • June 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Can you click the you tube link to watch on you tube instead? I’m so sorry you have the techie gremlins

    • June 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Ah flip, Africa, that was happening (I think) Roberta earlier. Can you watch them on YouTube, ie by clicking title top left?

      • 69 africa
        June 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

        Thanks, Chips. Working fine for me now. Just trying to catch my breath after dancing to Brenda Fassie.

    • 70 nathkatun7
      June 30, 2013 at 12:32 am

      Africa, I thought I was alone. This has been my story the whole day. I’ve not been able to get the sound of all the fabulous videos posted here today. I was really looking forward to this music. I am definitely bookmarking this until I figure out my problem. I love South African music — actually I love all African music– and being an oldie I go back to the SA’s dollar brand Jazz, which, I am sure, most young people here are not familiar with. Along with Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela was one of my favorite South African Jazz musicians. I was lucky to have attended several of his concerts when he toured the U.S. My daughters (12 & 7) loved his 1987 CD “Tomorrow”; and especially the #1 track about bringing “Nelson Mandela Back Home to Soweto,” which they played over and over again.

  21. 71 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Mi Casa just became my new favorite band and you included Yvonne Chaka Chaka – so many childhood memories. Freaking out right now. My parents are gonna crack up when I tell them.

    • June 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Yep, they are coming out with their 2nd album in August, check them out on youtube, facebook & twitter. they are a fun bunch of guys

    • 73 nathkatun7
      June 30, 2013 at 12:34 am

      I am angry at my computer! I was really looking forward to this music. Oh well, at least I got to see the gorgeous Lara!

  22. 74 amk for obama
    June 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Serena literally walked over to the 4th round, I see.

    • 75 Dakota
      June 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Aside from a few wild U.E’s, it literally was a walk over.

      • 76 amk for obama
        June 29, 2013 at 10:04 pm

        well, kimi at least took it to a minute over one hour.

        • 77 Dudette
          June 30, 2013 at 1:06 am

          She gave it a valiant run though. Us old ones loved watching her move. Nobody can beat Serena, but Serena right now. But I’m looking forward to seeing Kimi in upcoming tournaments. The woman can PLAY! So admirable that she came out of “retirement” after a 12 year break. She’s fit and fearless. Made it to third round at Wimbledon for goodness sakes. Playing like she belonged there too! Go Kimi!

          No with that out of the way… GO Serena! U.S.A, U.S.A, U.S.A!!! 🙂

  23. 78 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2013 at 9:41 pm

  24. 85 nospin
    June 29, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Zizi – loving this post. All the kids are at the movies with dad and I have a nice glass of wine, TOD and the music from this thread for company on this hot and humid Saturday night.

    I am in the zone.

  25. 87 amk for obama
    June 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    So prop 8 proponents filed an emergency petition to the SC to halt SSM licenses citing the 25 day appeal period. And yet no such petitions by VRA proponents to do the same wrt to texas ?

    • 88 Nena20409
      June 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Yes….there are lawsuits being filed to stop what TX is doing. TRMS had a guy there either Friday or Thursday discussing the matter. AG Holder would also be using other means to file lawsuits challenging many of these discriminating laws. Many interested groups will try…..but the law the sec 4 of the VRA struck down is gone unless We The People make lots of noise demand change and start voting people out, if not, then nothing changes.

      • 89 amk for obama
        June 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        Ah, thanks Nena. It’s odd ssm gets continued coverage in FP while VRA doesn’t seem to figure in any of the newsies. Shame on you, bbc.

    • 90 nathkatun7
      June 30, 2013 at 12:43 am

      There are law suits being filed, but then again the MSM fails to cover them. Actually one of the lawsuits filed in the Federal Court to stop Texas from implementing the voter ID law was filed by a Democratic member of Congress.

  26. June 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm

  27. 92 Nena20409
    June 29, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I have now listened to just about all the songs…….Only Pata Pata is the only song that I have known through my early upbringing. It was played in the house……The Mi Casa on the Glory is great. I like it very much.

    Yes, Lira is Gorgeous. I like the click sound……Wow. Fantastic.

    • June 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks,
      This post was meant to introduce folks to some of the newer stuff especially since Lira & Micasa performed at Obama inauguration and as usual the media did not inform us about the global character of the inaugural balls. I only found out after the fact

      • June 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm

        Thanks Zizi, m mom loved listening to Malaika playing on the telefunken when we lived in london. La vida by Mi-casa will be downloaded by me for my car trips to remind me of africa and latin america fusion.

        • June 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm

          La Vida is my favorite too. I bout the whole album on itunes and my kids are practically sick of me playing on endless loop. Ha!

  28. 96 vcprezofan2
    June 29, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks, Zizi!

  29. June 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

  30. 100 amk for obama
    June 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you, bette

  31. June 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm

  32. June 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm

  33. 103 amk for obama
    June 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  34. 105 amk for obama
    June 29, 2013 at 10:16 pm

  35. June 29, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    So just catching up to the Observer fallout…..I believe the definition of “jumping the shark” applies when even Wikileaks is trolling you!

  36. June 29, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Holy s**t…. just going through my timeline…. they published a guy from World Net Daily on the FRONT PAGE!!! I give up…….

    • 113 99ts
      June 30, 2013 at 3:48 am

      They really have reached the bottom of the barrel – from your link

      “The Washington state case also alleges, “Wayne Madsen, Journalist with Online Journal as a contributing writer and published an article on June 9, 2008, stating that a research team went to Mombasa, Kenya, and located a Certificate Registering the birth of Barack Obama, Jr. at a Kenya Maternity Hospital, to his father, a Kenyan citizen and his mother, a U.S. citizen.”

  37. June 29, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Zizi2, thanks for this post. Also enjoyed your Posts 1 and 2 on Senegal, which gave a more in-depth perspective of the trip.

  38. June 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Howdy all you O’s!!! It’s late but still a great getting up day in TODland. Thanks zizi for all of the good music. I forwarded all the links to friends and family. What a cultural experience we’ve had on the TOD threads as PBO makes his way across the Continent.

  39. June 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Let’s hope they dig it …. I’m certainly going to keep pushing the idea …

    Also, can’t tell you how delighted I was that during his conversation with the young leaders of various African Nations, President Obama explicitly mentioned the importance of focusing on 0 to 3 year old children and mother’s reading to them. Yes, one of the most potent acts that every parent can contribute to the future of their child and to the future of humanity is to speak adult language (including reading stories with many different words) to them from the moment they are born.

    The other, totally obvious feature to the entire town hall was the predominance of young women – from moderators to students – participating in the dialogue.

    Yes We Can

    • 119 vcprezofan2
      June 30, 2013 at 5:12 am

      ‘The other, totally obvious feature to the entire town hall was the predominance of young women – from moderators to students – participating in the dialogue.’

      Yeah, I ‘wondered’ about that too at the time, noting not only how they dominated the dialogue, but also their level of naturalness and confidence.

  40. 120 africa
    June 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Pulitizer written all over it.

  41. June 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

  42. June 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    • June 29, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Forus – so good of you to bring this to TOD. Have followed Sandmonkey for a long time.

      Everyone should at least read the following (note the date of this interview is 27 June 2013):

      “What are the best case and worst case scenarios that can come out of June 30th protests, in your opinion?

      We have three scenarios.

      Scenario One: The military shows support of Morsi and Morsi wins the battle before it starts. If this happens, the feloul will back away, the revolutionaries will become more like martyrs. But this is a very unlikely scenario because not only would the army then lose support of the feloul, it’ll also lose the support of the independents which is deadlier and then they will be completely under the mercy of the Islamists who don’t really like them.

      Scenario Two: This is what I like to call Morsi fe Shewal. Whoever gets Morsi in a shewal (a sack) wins. What I mean is that whoever manages to topple the president gets to run the show, with the Military being there for the transitional period. That’s also an unlikely scenario because in order to do so you’re going get some serious conspiracy from the state.

      Scenario Three: This is what I think is going happen and that is that there are going be clashes which will weaken the Muslim Brotherhood. They’re going to end up more or less a broken organisation with the president having less of a network around him. I imagine the army will come in and impose curfews to calm things down, and force through early parliamentary and presidential elections.

      In any case, I don’t think there’s a scenario in which the Muslim Brotherhood can walk away unharmed.

      What’s your message to Egypt ahead of June 30th?

      Relax!Don’t allow yourself to be mentally dragged into this. After everything that we’ve seen, what’s the worst that could happen? A lack of services? Destroyed economy? Lack of security? Crime? Jihadists walking down the streets? Do you have any idea how many people are armed now? How long do you think they’regoing survive? Personally speaking, I’m more worried about the gas in my car than I am worried about my car. You might be able to drive for like 10 kilometers if you steal it!

      So relax. The game isn’t about hope as much as it is about determination. If you are determined and you truly believe that it’s best for your country is for those people to be removed then just go ahead and do it. Stop worrying.”

      At the time of this comment it is 0512 30 June 2013 in Cairo … the next 12-24h should be must-watch, but given that no US media are likely to do even the remotest form of real journalism, probably best to keep an eye on http://www.aljazeera.com/

      Already 1000s of Egyptians with polar views are already gathering …

      #FORWARD

  43. June 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

  44. June 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

  45. 127 yardarm756
    June 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    • 128 nathkatun7
      June 30, 2013 at 1:29 am

      Indeed, Yardarm! But Mandela is also an inspiration about the importance of never losing HOPE! If Mandela had lost hope, or if the Black people of South Africa had lost hope, I doubt that he would have lived long enough to eventually be set free and become the first Black President of South Africa.

      I think the great Black Scholar W. E. B. DuBois was right when he said that one of the great gifts by Africans to the world was ” The Gift of the Spirit.” By the “Gift of the Spirit” he meant the ability of Africans to maintain faith and hope even in the midst of total hopeless conditions, like Slavery, Colonialism, Apartheid, and Jim crow, that were all aimed at dehumanizing them. Despite everything the white SA Apartheid regime did to try to humiliate, dehumanize, and break the spirit of Nelson Mandela, they failed miserably. Even after 26 years of brutal abuses, Nelson Mandela never lost his love for humanity and his dedication to freedom and justice. But neither did the vast majority of his fellow abused South Africans who stood behind him.

      • 129 yardarm756
        June 30, 2013 at 1:47 am

        I don’t disagree and am simpatico with your view.
        I think that Africa is a different kettle of fish to the extent of it’s ruling class. Jane Elliot(Brown Eyes,Blue Eyes) has truly defined it for those societies that are predominately white.
        It’s late and probably near the end of this thread but I will post a U Tube of her as soon as I finish here. She absolutely nails it for me.

    • 133 canadabarb4obama
      June 30, 2013 at 3:07 am

      wow, Yardarm…..that is so amazing!

  46. 135 Dakota
    June 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I just saw a picture of Karl Rove and Coolio shaking hands at the airport. I didn’t post the link because I think it’s Rove’s…Ow-ly or something. Anyway, I’m feeling a little ill…

  47. 136 sjterrid
    June 29, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks, zizi for sharing with us this great music from South Africa. Can’t wait to learn more about Africa from your next post.

  48. June 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm

  49. 138 sabreen60
    June 30, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Love! Love! Love! This is one for the history books. In fact, this site is for the history. I hope it is being preserved.

  50. 139 Bill R.
    June 30, 2013 at 12:45 am

  51. 141 Bill R.
    June 30, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Goodness, I am an old guy, but I recognize a goddess with the voice of an angel. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  52. 142 Dudette
    June 30, 2013 at 1:21 am

    One of my pretend husband’s, South Africa’s Jonathan Butler, has a lovely jazz-flavored rendition of Mama Africa’s Pata Pata:

  53. 145 Dudette
    June 30, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Whomp!

  54. June 30, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Fact.

  55. June 30, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Fact.

    Zero difference between Muslim fanatics and Evangelical #Teabagger (aka #KKK) fanatics like Perry. ZERO

  56. 148 amk for obama
    June 30, 2013 at 1:45 am

  57. 150 yardarm756
    June 30, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Here it is nath. The first 3 minutes say it all.

    • June 30, 2013 at 2:06 am

      Jane Elliot could not have been more accurate or cogent.

      • 152 yardarm756
        June 30, 2013 at 2:18 am

        Best believe it.

        • 153 jacquelineoboomer
          June 30, 2013 at 2:53 am

          As a white woman, who’s always lived knowing the “white culture” (trying to pick out the best traditions and norms for myself and my family, which sometimes takes some perseverance to play forward in the world we all inhabit), I agree that’s just amazingly phenomenal. Off to R/T Bob’s tweet of it.

          Here’s Ms. Elliot’s FB page (which she mentioned in the interview): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Elliott/123622045910

          • 154 yardarm756
            June 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

            It all starts with awareness,doesn’t it?

            • 155 jacquelineoboomer
              June 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

              Yes, Sailor Man, and I became painfully aware back in the ’60s. Too bad all of our contemporaries and all of their spawn didn’t take that awareness and live by it, eh? Hope the upcoming generation puts us all to shame!

              • 156 yardarm756
                June 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm

                NO ONE WILL WILLING GIVE UP POWER TO HAVE ECONOMIC/SOCIETAL PARITY. THE NEED TO FEEL SUPERIOR IS A GENETIC FLAW!

                • 157 jacquelineoboomer
                  June 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

                  I forget where I found this, online, but I kept it (learning tools I sometimes “save” for grandma chats with the granddaughters) because it’s another option as to why people have the “need” to make others look bad so they feel good.

                  It doesn’t address the “genetic flaw,” the other option, and it’s a bit elementary compared to your broad statement, but it does give us an optional look at the “basics.” This is more geared to the young; yours is an adult thought, I realize!

                  “I don’t think it’s natural, it’s learned. If you look into sociology, it includes a theory that believes people just want to fit in, and therefore participate in hierarchical behavior (which is displayed even in pre-school). That being said, it definitely is possible to feel good about yourself without having any idea about what the next person is doing, but a lot of people only feel they are happy when others are providing contrast. It’s like one big imaginary game we all choose to participate in. Reality concerns us as individuals a lot more, but we trade that in for popularity.”

                  • 158 yardarm756
                    June 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

                    It’s all quite deadly as ashes after a burning bonfire.

                    • 159 jacquelineoboomer
                      June 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm

                      Brilliant. Sad, but brilliant. And your comment gave me chills, because you are right.

                    • 160 yardarm756
                      June 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

                      Sorry. Just calling them the way I’ve felt them.

                    • 161 jacquelineoboomer
                      June 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

                      Understand, Yard, and I’m glad you are giving us your thoughts – that shared learning and new awareness concept you’ve mentioned. You’ve been on a roll since last night and your Jane Elliot post!

                      Something we all need to remember:

                      *It’s a daily struggle.*

                    • 162 yardarm756
                      June 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm

                      And it continues…….You can tell someone that you want to be loved, but you can’t tell them how to do it!

    • June 30, 2013 at 2:09 am

      • 164 yardarm756
        June 30, 2013 at 2:23 am

        She and PBO haVE rolled the log and exposed the insects hidden beneath it. What we see now is an attempt to roll it back.

      • 165 jacquelineoboomer
        June 30, 2013 at 3:00 am

        I also sent it on to Lawrence O’Donnell. Goodnight, guys!

      • 166 anniebella
        June 30, 2013 at 4:29 am

        Why the hell do you think these white people with money and who are in high places are doing all they can to change what we have to do to vote? Instead of wanting more people to vote they are trying to keep certain people from voting and these white people know exactly what they are doing, and I am including the 5 Republicans on the Supreme Court.

    • 167 canadabarb4obama
      June 30, 2013 at 3:29 am

      This video needs to go far and wide. Thanks for posting, YA.

    • 168 99ts
      June 30, 2013 at 4:04 am

      She says (on racism) “if you are a white person you don’t recognize it”

      I am white – and thanks to President Obama & TOD, I recognize lots of racist issues that I would not have recognized in the past.

      I am also very sad that much of our political reporting is now trending to the right & wonder if this interview would happen today (Original date is May, 2010)

    • 169 amk for obama
      June 30, 2013 at 4:32 am

      Amazing vid. Never even knew about brown eyes/blue eyes experiment. An eye-opener indeed. Thanks ya.

    • 170 nathkatun7
      June 30, 2013 at 4:47 am

      Thanks, Yardarm! For some reason I’ve not been able to get the sound of the video posted at TOD for the past two days. I don’t know what i did wrong to turn off the sound. In any case I have the entire VHS tape of Ms. Jane Elliott’s experiment about “Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes.” What is really fascinating is that she did two experiments: one with her young students and the other with older workers. The young people eventually got it, but the old people were resentful. I don’t know if you’ve seen that part of her experiment.

  58. 171 amk for obama
    June 30, 2013 at 2:05 am

  59. 172 yardarm756
    June 30, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Memories from my youth.

    • 173 nathkatun7
      June 30, 2013 at 5:02 am

      Oh well, Yardarm I also remember Olatunji! Unfortunately the sound on my computer is MIA and I was not able to enjoy this again from what what you shared. Hey, Yardarm, I am sure you also know another great African musician, FELA, from Nigeria. He too could certainly tare down the house back in the 80’s or so. I wish I had some skills to be able to share some of the great musicians from Africa that I love very much. I actually still have LP’s of both Olatunji and Fela.

  60. June 30, 2013 at 2:17 am

    time for some rest …

    Yes We Can

  61. 176 nathkatun7
    June 30, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Zizi, thanks for sharing contemporary SA music. I feel awful because I was not able to get the sound, but I am working on it. I was really looking forward to listening to the new South African musicians whom I am not familiar with. I am glad you included the great Mariam Makeba. She is the pioneer who introduced South African music –and indeed African music — to the world. I thank you also for educating people about Africa and the Africans. It’s really sad that in the 21st century people still hold stereotypical views about Africa and Black people in general. This explains why the U.S. media have been loudly bashing President Obama’s trip to Africa. It’s as if, as far as they (the U,S media) are concerned, Africa is not worthy of attention from the President of the United States. Never mind the fact that over a billion people live on the African continent, and may be another billion + of descendants of Africans live in all regions of the world.

    • June 30, 2013 at 3:48 am

      Could you see if opening them at their you tube location will work? Just click on the you tube logo in the lower right corner of the video. Or more laboriously, just copy & paste the song titles into the search bar on you tube. Good luck

      • 178 nathkatun7
        June 30, 2013 at 4:36 am

        Thank you for your suggestions. I have tried to open the you tube location without much success. I keep getting this error message about “blocked plug-ins.” I just can’t figure out why. This started happening two day ago. I will keep trying.

        • 179 amk for obama
          June 30, 2013 at 4:42 am

          what’s your browser, nath ?

          • 180 nathkatun7
            June 30, 2013 at 5:06 am

            Amk, I think it’s SAFARI. It was working perfectly until two, or may be three, days ago.

          • 182 nathkatun7
            June 30, 2013 at 5:28 am

            By the way, AMK, If you can help me solve my problem, I would greatly appreciate it. Please leave me a message if you can. I will come back to this thread tomorrow and check. Right now I think it’s time for me to hit the sack!

    • June 30, 2013 at 3:49 am

      By the way have you checked your computer volume setting? Sometimes it accidentally goes into mute mode.

      • 184 nathkatun7
        June 30, 2013 at 5:08 am

        That’s a definite possibility? But how do I check my computer volume? As you can tell, I am tech challenged!

    • 185 overseasgranny
      June 30, 2013 at 4:15 am

      That was my time. When the Click song hit the airwaves, everyone was trying to sing and click the song. Makeba had a beautiful voice.

  62. 187 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Good Morning! The auto-post slated for 3:45 didn’t work?

    • 188 nathkatun7
      June 30, 2013 at 5:23 am

      Good morning, VC! I think it’s time for me to go to bed. I’ve been trying desperately all nigh and morning to figure out what’s wrong with the sound on my computer. I wanted so much to listen to the South African music that Zizi shared. I especially was looking forward to listen to the young musicians from South Africa. Unfortunately I was not able to because of my limited (make that non-existent) tech. skills. I plan to compensate tomorrow by listening to CDs of Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela.

      Any way, VC, I hope you have a wonderful morning in your neck of the woods. I always enjoy reading your comments — usually 8 -10 hours after you’ve posted them. I think this the first time I’ve posted about the same time as you did.

      • 189 vcprezofan2
        June 30, 2013 at 5:33 am

        Goooood Morning, Nathk! Sorry about your computer glitch. Not sure what to suggest if none of the suggestions made by others have worked, as I know zilch in this area!

        Glad I’m able to occasionally put a smile on your face, even if we rarely ‘meet’. You are not trying to tag off with me, are you? You really cannot leave yet as my eyes are not really fully opened. At least I won’t let them be because I’m still very tired and sleepy with burning eyes and it’s still dark outside. I only stuck my head in to see if Chips’ automated post found its way into the village, and it seems it hasn’t yet.


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