Chat Away – South Africa Music Edition

A post to soothe the nerves as another momentous day passes into the rearview mirror.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Rain

Miriam Makeba – Soweto Blues

Zahara – Loliwe

Hugh Masekela – Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)

Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens – Mbaqanga

Dance, sing, love, chat!

140 Responses to “Chat Away – South Africa Music Edition”

  1. 1 desertflower
    December 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Not to change the subject, but this is a HUGE Obamacare success story! Sorry for HP, but here it is.


    • 2 Dudette
      December 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Hi DF! Congrats!

      • 3 isonprize
        December 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm

        My night owls TOD peeps. I need a favor. PLEASE vote for these folks:

        They are fierce advocates for public schools and specifically children with special needs in Philadelphia.

        PARENTS UNITED FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION as “Non-profit of the Year” & EILEEN DUFFEY, RN, as “Do-Gooder of the Year.”

        And as other TODers have mentioned, there is also category for EX-COMMUNICATION, Gov. Tom Corbett is a choice. It’s the only time that I have EVER voted for him.


  2. 4 magapie
    December 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Greetings from Albuquerque!

    • 5 Dudette
      December 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Greetings from a blue oasis in a red desert! 🙂

      • 6 vcprezofan2
        December 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm

        😀 I know I’m hanging too much in the TOD village when I actually got that reference right away.

        • 7 Dudette
          December 10, 2013 at 9:08 pm

          😀 😀 😀

          Too much TOD? No such ting, meh darling!

          • 8 vcprezofan2
            December 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm

            I think if I could qualify myself as a psychotherapist I could make some funds treating recovering TODers after 2016. There has got to be a few cogs loose for most of us regulars. 😉

            Good night! I’m fading fast.

            • December 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm

              I will need intensive, long term treatment. Starting Jan 19, 2017 (in fact, starting election night, 2016). Actually, even the thought of this is depressing – I need to sign up for treatment right now! 😉

      • 11 Lynn
        December 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Red HOLE in a serious blue state, Dudette. This election season….nothing but rethugs on the ballot. Not one dem, lib, prog…..just unopposed.

  3. 12 desertflower
    December 10, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks, LL:) Araphaho..if you’re here…he must be a new guy:) Never heard of him, but then, I tend to stay away from broadcast news. Even local.

  4. 13 desertflower
    December 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    LL…Your question about whoever that was that was trending on Twitter….the answer is on Raw Story right now. Not bringing that smut here.

  5. December 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Live English stream of the Kiev protests. Storm troopers are clearing the square.

  6. 21 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Wonderful post LL! Much needed! Thank you!

  7. 22 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

  8. 23 Nena20409
    December 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Tie for DF and Magapie 🙂

    G O L D

    Keeping on good news about healthcare……ACA

    Good Nite folks. Thank you all for an informative, engaging and extraordinary day.

  9. 24 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  10. 25 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  11. 26 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  12. 28 desertflower
    December 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Wonder if PBO should have massaged someone’s shoulders? OMG. Just the THOUGHT of GWB doing that makes me ill. He had no class or social graces

  13. 37 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    • 38 Lovepolitics2008
      December 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      So sad to see this beautiful memorial day tarnished by the repression in Ukraine.

      What’s happening in Ukraine has Putin written all over it. To think that some people looked at Putin as a hero a few months ago. Poor fools. Putin is and has always been an authoritarian, a bully. He stalled on the Syria situation during at least two years, and only relented after President Obama, who didn’t have any choice, made a serious threat.

  14. December 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Completely perfect LL, you’re a treasure, thank you so much.

  15. December 10, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Peace & love from the State of Washington. 🙂 >^..^<

  16. 46 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  17. 47 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm

  18. 48 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm

  19. 49 99ts
    December 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Your President is hailed by the world as everything that is good in the USA – and the US media is fixated on a handshake. If ever there was any doubt that the GOP and the US media are warmongers and racists of the worst kind – this is it. They would prefer the US to hate on every country, every person who is other than a white male anglosaxon.

    They pretend to believe in democracy and are doing all they can to turn the US into the new version of apartheid. They learned NOTHING from the life of Nelson Mandela – and are learning nothing from the life and times of PBO. There are times when I forget to be like Nelson Mandela – and sometimes – whether Christian or not I need the words pounded into my head “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”

    • 50 hopefruit2
      December 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Excellent commentary 99ts. This should be front-paged. Something about PBO’s excellent speech and uniquely warm reception from the people of SA today made the US media VERY uncomfortable – because it spoke an undeniable truth that none of their silly reports can ever obscure.

      Chris Cuomo of CNN got defensive when called out on his silly and childish focus on the handshake. He tried to act as though he simply reported about it in a nonchalant way. I pointed out to him that PBO shook the hands of every dignitary and head of state he came into contact with – so why is the media singling out one handshake, crickets from Cuomo.

    • 51 theo67
      December 10, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Well said, 99.

  20. 53 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm

  21. 54 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm

  22. 55 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm

  23. 56 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm

  24. 57 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

  25. 58 africa
    December 10, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I love me some Miriam Makeba. Thanks LL.

  26. December 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  27. 60 africa
    December 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    So much here to savor. I have all night or early in the morning to finish up my reading. Thanks, Chips, UT, LL for the beautiful stories you told in pictures and words about President Mandela. What a speech by PBO, right?

    This is what I think about MSM bunk:

    Have a good evening folks. Lots of work to do tonight.

  28. 63 hopefruit2
    December 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I think today the US media was truly dumbfounded, if not STUNG by the exceptional reception that PBO received at that memorial…I will admit that even I was a bit surprised by the almost unique appreciation for PBO that the people displayed. Yes, I was expecting a positive reaction from the crowd, but this had a uniquely reverent and sharply contrasted element that simply blew me away. This is one for the history books…long after the handshake, selfie, and other US media-manufactured nonsense have faded into obscurity….

    That’s my “Let me Finish” segment for tonight! 🙂 🙂

    • 64 vcprezofan2
      December 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Wait for me Hopef so I’ll have some company to cross the parking lot! Though I wasn’t surprised by PBO’s reception, this is actually a good note for me to ‘finish’ on too. Except for food and nature breaks I’ve literally been hanging in the village since minutes before 4am! Enough’s enough, I’m going to get some sleep, I Hope!

      G.Night/Morning TODobots, wherever you are!

      • 65 hopefruit2
        December 10, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        Thanks vc – have a good nite, and sleep tite! I know that nothing will bite! 🙂

        • 66 vcprezofan2
          December 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm

          TY. TY. TY, Hf. Couldn’t handle being bitten tonight at all! 😀 Let’s go.

        • 67 LDS
          December 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

          HF2, your “Let me Finish” segment is spot on. You have a way with words that expresses what I would like to say. You do not miss a beat.
          Thank you. Thank everyone here for keeping this day truly memorable for a humble man who just wanted freedom for his country and its people. The world is better because of his humble, loving, forgiving spirit.

      • 70 theo67
        December 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        Good night, VC and Hope. I’m just getting on TOD and everyone’s leaving… Sleep tight!

    • 72 99ts
      December 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      The commentary in my world – after the event – “President Obama and other world leaders spoke at the memorial for Nelson Mandela” – no “let me finish” required after that one.

    • 75 jackiegrumbacher
      December 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      Bob, I feel sick about this. World leaders have to join in a massive condemnation of Yanukovych and his puppet master, Putin. Yanukovych has lost all authority to lead–he’s nothing but a repressive dictator who thinks he can just model Stalin and start killing and injuring people. He has to be removed.

  29. 76 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    One more from Lucky!

  30. 78 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

  31. 79 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Good night dear friends! I’m off to sleep a deep sleep as my eyes are in rebellion!

  32. 84 amk for obama
    December 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm

  33. 98 4morefor44
    December 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    yet another great job by julia pierson – head of secret service.

    thank you ms. pierson!! you are one of the most important people in the world right, in my opinion.

  34. December 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  35. December 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    • 104 jackiegrumbacher
      December 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      I hope Ashton can use her considerable influence to resolve this tragic situation. By doing this on the day of Ashton’s arrival, Yanukovych is spitting in the eye of the European union.

  36. 105 vcprezofan2
    December 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Really, really zzzz…..huh? gotta….zzzzz

  37. December 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    • 111 99ts
      December 10, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Our press is amazingly positive – especially about that handshake – what a difference to the US press
      “Handshake between Barack Obama and Raul Castro offers hope for US-Cuba ties”

      Analyst Jorge Gomez Barata said the Obama-Castro handshake was simply a result of “Mandela diplomacy” – and a testament to the example set by the anti-apartheid icon and South Africa’s first black president.

      “Mandela did not know that such a meeting was going to occur … but he most certainly cleared a path that allowed for the avoidance of confrontation and created the basis for such an important meeting.”


  38. 112 amk for obama
    December 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm


    heh ut, hats off.

    heh bt, start your own friggin’ teevee.

  39. 118 forus50
    December 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I think POTUS is going to get the long term unemployment extension. Here’s a portion of his comments tonight on the 2 year budget deal:

    ////Today’s bipartisan budget agreement is a good first step.//////
    And while today’s agreement is a good first step, Congress has a lot more to do on that front. In the immediate term, Congress should extend unemployment insurance, so more than a million Americans looking for work don’t lose a vital economic lifeline right after Christmas, and our economy doesn’t take a hit. And beyond that, they should do more to expand broad-based growth and opportunity – by creating more jobs that pay better wages, by growing our economy, and by offering a path into the middle class for every American willing to work for it.


  40. 119 forus50
    December 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    • 120 hopefruit2
      December 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Was just about to post your tweet – I completely agree.

      • 121 forus50
        December 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        it’s been a good day, huh hopefruit? This news on a budget means the gears are finally moving.

        I was at work all day so just now got a chance to listen to our President’s tribute to Mr. Mandela, Just beautiful, wow. Once again showing billions around the world that the United States has the capacity to provide leadership through dignity, grace and unity. Not sure it erases all the harm we caused around the world during GW Bush era but I’ve never heard that thunderous applause EVER for any elected official before. He is changing the world.

    • 122 Lovepolitics2008
      December 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      President Obama and democrats have “isolated” the problem of UE benefits. They will apply political pressure to republicans so they don’t cut benefits before Christmas. And democrats will REFUSE to touch the present budget deal.

      I’m afraid that the President will , AGAIN, see his Christmas vacation cut short. But he will WIN. AGAIN.

      • 123 99ts
        December 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

        It wouldn’t be Christmas if the GOP didn’t separate the President from his family for part of their vacation – only GOP Presidents are allowed to have vacations.

  41. 124 amk for obama
    December 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

  42. 126 desertflower
    December 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Night all,,,it’s early, but I didn’t sleep for beans last night. See you tomorrow.

  43. December 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm

  44. 129 anniebella
    December 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Did anyone catch any of Rachel tonight were she were talking about the media wanting the Sandy Hook 911 tapes released. They sued and got them released and it was up to the media to play the 911 tapes, well most decided not to play the Sandy Hook 911 tapes, except for CBS and Fox. They played the tapes. If I ever had any doubt that CBS News ain’t worth shit, I no longer have any doubt. I used to respect Scott Pelley so much. But CBS has really sunk low. They are disgusting.

  45. December 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Very ugly situation in the maidan now …

  46. December 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Back! And this:

    • 139 forus50
      December 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      They’ll REALLY have a cow when he moves to open commerce again with Cuba —-once Castro agrees to whatever the hell POTUS wants him to agree to. 🙂

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