Have seen a documentary once about the Touareg and their music-or I think were called that-some are from what is now Mali, right? Anyhow was really fascinating music and "exceptionally impressive" like you said. And talking about ancient folk music, have really been enjoying a c.d. I have of Mongolian folk music these days. The voice singing in two tones, and natural rhythms of the steppes are really great! Perhaps I should vine it, if anybody is interested?
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Just read the post from Cliffl. He mentioned Tinariwen.
For those who don't know this group it is a group of Touareg playing traditional and self written songs on electric guitars and traditional instuments. Very traditinal music with hardly any Western influences.
We saw a show in The Melkweg in Amsterdam and we enjoyed it very much. There was a lady singer. She wore no veil but a big scarf that sometimes covered her hair, but mostly it was draped around her shoulders. The men were completely veiled, even when they were singing. It was an exceptional impressive show. Their CD is certainly worth listening to if you like the music from Northern Africa.
I live in Holland and for many long years I have been a fan of the Grateful Dead. It started with Workingman’s Dead in 72. Slowly I collected more records and later CD's. I have never seen them live. Therefore I missed the whole scene with the crowd and the chance to meet other Dead Heads. About ten years ago I met another Dead Head in a music store and we started exchanging CD's. After I while we had the whole official collection complete. By that time I got fast Internet and I discovered the sites with the taped shows. I was really amazed that there were still so many people that are as much a Dead Head as I am. Many even more so. I thought for a long time that I was still stuck in my youth refusing to grow up. I realize now that this is more then a childish thing. The music is both sereous and joyful.
Luckily my partner is as much into this as I am.
We enjoy listening to the music with earphones on. If someone passes by there is deep silence with once in a while an exclamation of: “Great, huh?”.
What we miss are other people to share what we enjoy. I have read in the Taper’s Compendium of sessions where the music is played to a group of people. Only once we went to a show in the Melkweg in Amsterdam where The Movie would be featured. But the tape was in such bad condition that the show was cancelled.
I wonder if there are more Dead Heads in Holland I would like to get in contact. Maybe we can try to organise a session in or near Amsterdam.
Please let me know if you are out there.
...but seriously, I have to check out Switzerland AND Brussels!!!
Just finished a big tour around Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus and Russia! Did gigs in Tallinn, Minsk and Brest and just roamed around the rest meeting far out folks! Crazy to play gigs in a dictatorship! I'll post some vids from that on youtube later this week.
Not getting arrested for playing freedom music in Belarus, even after doing a medley on the street in front of the Presidents Palace and having it videoed.
Hitching a ride on a boat to cross a river I didn't see on the map in rural Estonia and not missing the bus I was trying to catch.
Having a Belarus soldier help me out taking me around Brest even letting me wear his army hat for a photo op in front of T-34 tanks at a war memorial.
Finding out there really are good folks out there, everywhere, who are "on to IT"!
Are you kind?
I was there in 1971 when I was in grad school. I really liked it. What's it like these days?
I have a mate in Basel
he lurks on the eurotraders group
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So we really are everywhere (still). I moved here from San Francisco 3 years ago, and like someoe said earlier on, it is really important to live outside the US for awhile (especially now). Anyway, I was lucky to see tons of Dead & Jerry shows, starting with the famous 8-27-72 (what an initiation), and then many many in the 80's and 90's (including Essen, Berlin (!!), Frankfourt & Hamburg...Berlin was a gas!). I have been royally spoiled!!
The one thing I do miss about leaving SF is not getting to see the various spinoff bands. My question is: when are Phil and Friends coming to Europe??? Switzerland has a ton of summer festivals, and lots of graet halls to play in...and I am certain the neighboring countires do too. So we should start lobbying for a summer 2008 Phil & Friends summer tour!!
Oh, and any other Swiss deadheads out there?? (I'm in St Gallen, just east of Zurich)
Cheers & Peace all!
50% of Tanzania's population is under 18 - for Tanzania the future is now:
hopefully, just setting up the computer
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I have been globe trotting so have not had so much time to actually enjoy myself when I am on line. Any information on where there is a good spot to chill at while I am here in Brussels. Don’t get me wrong I love this city as it is one of my favorite spots on the world. I actually stay in Brussels for about 2 or so days on purpose every time I am here in Europe. I just flew in from Zurich last night and last week I was in Milano, Rome, and 3 days is Positano. With this being said I am very happy to be in Brussels with my favorite Belgium ales and breathe taking beauty. There is only one place in the world where such a gloomy sky is actually brightened by the architecture. Does anyone know if they are actually using real gold on the buildings to brighten up the place?
Anyway i look forward to the positive feedback.
this forum looks great , the phantasy tour orum is boring and the grateful den on deadbase was cool but is over now