Sunday 14 March 2021

Thursday 4 March 2021

Wednesday 3 March 2021

The Griot. Bunny Wailer

What did we learn from the Wailers? We learnt that love is stronger than hate and that 'brotherhood' is eternal I can't imagine what Bunny went through losing his closest brothers the way that he did, and in particular the shooting and assasination of Peter Tosh. A brutal event. Still mourning and celebrating the loss of Bunny - it's time to revisit the archives..... ** This train.. a song as powerful as redemption song... everlasting and evergreen
** 'Never never knew that the time would come when every man got to find where he does come from..'

The Bunny Wailer Story Part 1 , 2 & 3

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Bunny Wailer - Roots Radics Rockers Reggae

Tuesday 2 March 2021

Mr Macaroni - Daddy Wa in the Mud 😂

'Oga - you are trying o, a massive load like this... can you handle it? lol!

Rest In Peace .The legend - Bunny Wailer - Is Gone

When I read the news of Bunny Wailer, I actually didn't believe it. Despite his age, despite his ailing health, and despite the fact that death is a part of life, it was over an hour for the confirmation to convince me.. it was true. Bunny Wailer has truly gone.
** ** This was difficult to grasp partly due to the enormous impact Bunny has had on so many of our lives, so much so that it's difficult to put into words. Who didn't love Bunny... The smooth one, the spiritual one, the uncompromising one They simply don't make them like that everyday. 'They' being the gods, Bunny was not only a musical icon, he was a cultural icon also. ** Bunny has now joined our ancestors, alongside his brothers, Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh. ** I learnt so much not only by listening to Bunny Wailer growing up, but reading ( yes reading) his album covers, In particular, Black heart man. I loved that album with a passion, and still play it to this day. I learnt so much of the African child from Bunny Wailer. I learnt to play my Bass, simply by playing along.... to Bunny Wailer. I'm truly sad to hear the news today. As we send our condolences to his dearest family and friends, we know that Bunny can never ever really leave us. The legacy, and spirit of Bunny Wailer is eternal. It is said that Chris Blackwell found it diffuclt to deal with the 'firey' Bunny It was said that Bunny didn't want to fly , so.... he worked with Bob.
** Whatever the truth, The story of the Wailers, individually, and as a unit is fascinating , groundbreaking, and a true testiment of the power of the African spirit in the Caribbean people. Jamaica, the small island in the Caribbean, proving that out of the smallest lands can emerge the most wonderous things. One thing I am so proud of is the Caribbean history of resistance, of rebelion, anti colonial uprisings, and slave rebelions, of finding ways to mainatin their cultural, disgusing them out of necessity , rebranding, re-shaping. ** ** There is a strong spirit that exists in those who have had to fight for thier liberation ... and Bunny Wailer has always reminded me of that. May the gods welcome you home Bunny I shall have a party in your honour While we never like to have, or speak of favourites per se If it were okay to... I would say unashamably... That Bunny Wailer was mine As a child I thought Bunny Wailer Immortal Now I'm grown... and Bunny is gone Rest in peace Bunny I told Ti I'm having a Bunny Wailer Party on Saturday 'Pure Bunny Wailer a play' I said 'Pure handcuffs' he said Apparently We're still in lockdown.. :) I Will have that Party.. on Zoom if needs be. This week, we celebrate .

Monday 15 February 2021

Soo Funny ..

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Friday 12 February 2021

Witty Minstrel - Be Proud (Remix) ft Magasco, Vernyuy Tina, Awu, Kameni, Gasha, Mr. Leo

Should Cameroon Ban Nigerian Music?

There is an increasing trend of 'ethnic supermacy' raising its head across the continent. Currently we have a growing call for a ban on Nigerian music in Cameroon.
Not for the 1st time have I heard this, and not just from Cameroon. Sierra Leone has in the past felt aggieved by the fact that 'home grown' artists , were being overlooked, in favour of 'Nigerian artists'.
Personally, I intentionally go out of my way to search for artists across the continent, who for whatever reason may not be 'internationally' known, because amazing music, and culture is just so vast. What would be more interesting perhaps would be if Cameroonians decided they would not support Nigerian artists due to the ongoing silence on the slaughter and marinalisation of Ambazonians ( English speaking Cameroonians) Now that would be powerful and engaging, but of course, how can they? given the growing sepratist agitations at home.
That aside, I think it is fair to say that Nigerian DJ's rarely play or pronmote artits from other African counties, some perhaps from Ghana, but not so much. They will howver, play music from the US or UK. The cultural revolution is upon us, and it's global. To ban Nigerian music IMO is a non starter. Simply work on promoting Camerroonian artists, and culture. The issue is that many artists would like to represent thier culture, country, identity. They also want sucessful careers, to be able to earn a living and live a fruitful life where they are able to take care of themsleves and thier famiies. In Cameroon, ( which was part of Nigeria anyway) Many feel as though thier culture is being lost, or that they are being 'colonised' by Nigerians Sound familair? So let us broaden our minds and ears and represent Cameroon music .. Before 'Nigerians' become the so called 'Fulani herdmen' for Cameroon....

Saturday 6 February 2021

41 Days til Spring

After a very busy week, sometimes you just wanna wear a nice dress, maybe even a glass of wine, and relax! No hate, no tribalism, just peace x.

Weekend WOW Factor: Does Nnamdi Kanu deserve an apology?

So Wole Soyinka stated that President Buhari should address the nation (Nigeria) Well....'To Address a Nation There Must 1st Be a Nation' no?. Wole Soyinka, in a recent interview with BBC Pigin, may have forgotten , not only that Nigiera is not a nation, but that colonialism was also the 'enslaveemt' of people on their own land. So this current crisis, really is not a new or unknown phenomina.
Anyway, this post is not to critique the great Wole Soyinka, but to take a very broad look at the current tensions in the country known as Nigeria.
'Definition of a Nation. - A nation is a stable community of people formed on the basis of a common language, territory, history, ethnicity, or a common culture. A nation is more overtly political than an ethnic group; it has been described as "a fully mobilized or institutionalized ethnic group" Tribal intolerance is a heck of a thing isnt it... Year on Year Biafrans have cried out Year on Year, Igbo's have shouted they were being marginalised. Well, perhaps now some will apologise to Nnamdi Kanu Whilat he may not always show restraint, may not always say the right things. at times can be downright outragious, he can also be very humerous, quick witted, and well read. What none can dismiss, is that he is a highly intellegent and painfully articulate. ..and to be fair and objective, he has been proven right many times over, with regards to the marginalisation of his people. Remember the proverb, 'Rain never falls on one mans house?' well, now.... those who had turned a blind eye to the cries of others, have found, or are now finding themselves in a similar situation, and are ironically speaking almost the same language, as the once riddiculed, Nnamdi Kanu.
Now the tables have shifted, and the Yorubas have their own 'hero' in Sunday Igboho.
To the untrained eye, it may seem as though Nigeria's current and ongoing tribal contentions could lead to a tribal war... reminiscent of the early posturing that had lead to the Rwandan genocide. However, I don't think it will. and nobody wants that. Period. Remember the old proverb, 'Empty barrels make the most noise? ( but will rarely make a move) which in this case may not necessarily be a bad thing... and there is... alot of noise. The world will continue to watch as 'Triberia' eats itself, and will continue to ask the question, why do people always seek a Moses... one single hero to rally behind, rather than making changes within themselves which will inevitably lead to real and genuine social change? Perhaps Nigeria needs less Lawyers, and more psychologists.... The historic divide and rule, and arbitary land partitions continue to cause unbridled upset generation after generation. Not all Fulani's are 'herdsmen' and 'Herdsmen' is just one of the problems that Nigeria has.. The ironly of a craving to eat cow meat, yet clear out the herdsman is not lost. I have no particular dog in this fight so to speak. My geneology is panafrican ( Maybe I'll blog more about that, but not today) Until such time...The pot that cooked me, held many ingrediants. Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups, the 3 largest are Hausa /Fulani 27.4%,
Yoruba, 21%
and Igbo 18%.
That still leaves 247 ethnic groups rarely spoken of or represented. Fulanis are situated all over West Africa and the entire continent, yet for sone reason, the 'Nigerian special breed' of Fulani's seem to be shaking the table in a major way. Triberia, Triberia The brutaility must stop. Learn from Rwanda Learn from Marcus Garvey Learn.. from this point...ANYONE Just know that if one fails to build a nation with a population the size of Lord Lugards creation... what you tend to end up with, is an unrighteous mess.

Simi, Adekunle Gold - Bites The Dust (Live Performance)

Monday 11 January 2021

Reekado Banks & Tiwa Savage - Speak To Me

Body Bag - Latest Yoruba Movie - Drama Starring Princess Adekoya | Ibrahim Chatta

After watching an interview with actress/comedian Princess, on 'YourView', I decided to check out her movie which she spoke of on set. Glad I did, as it actually has serious life/relationship lessons cloaked at times in comedy. Domestic violence is a no no.. watch out for the red flags, and don't even try to force size 7 feet into size 5 shoes! The result can only be painful!. That was my Monday night movie...and I enjoyed it Worth a watch - Happy new week! x