Thanks so much Dara for posting the very first song – ( Much Kudos to You 🙂 ( from Ali Farka Toure) and what a great blues song ( from the movie ‘Unfaithful’ ).

I didn’t know it before – this just shows all the music I can discover with your help (and I hope you find some of my song choices interesting) so please send me your music if you have a sec – no specs – anything goes – any style – any language – any artist (as you know I love music from Africa so if you can teach me more about musical styles on the African continent -I’d be grateful as well ). Of course it’s even better if it is your own song/lyrics – any musicians in the audience ? 🙂

You might be wondering why I came up with the music project thing.

Well I am used to starting projects – it’s just a good thing to do. Then this is also a way to explain more about all the things we do in the OpenCafe – how “open projects” start and are run and this might encourage you to start your own projects. Then … the music is actually an excuse – to just have fun, discuss things, and get closer to figuring out the meaning of life ….. or hm …. may be it’s not even important to explain at all – but these are some things I have come up with 🙂

Here is the first song suggestion from the new “Send a song page” sent by Dara, hope you like it:

‘Ai du’ by Ali Farka Toure

Click here to see all the films you find Ali Farka Toure songs in.

While I was listening – this is the video that came to mind:

Tracy Chapman & BB King The Thrill Has Gone


Since I discovered Koluki’s blog – I have been looking around for more info on Angolan music – hopefully soon I will have stories and music to post about Angola – in the meantime here is a great song I came across today by Cesaria Evora with a fantastic guitar solo.

A song for today – enjoy!

A video explaining all about the making of the CD and introduces us to the songs as well.


With Djin Djin, Angélique Kidjo brings global melodies to open-minded listeners and continues to branch out into other genres of music, most notably by working with Gilberto Gil and Dave Matthews, among others. The four-time Grammy-nominated singer, composer and performer began her career in the West African country of Benin, but the political turmoil there led her to relocate to Paris in 1980 and then to New York City, where she now resides. On her new album Djin Djin (the title refers to the sound of the bell that greets the beginning of a new day in Africa), Angélique returns to her Beninese roots, building an album around the most traditional rhythms from her country. (read more) (Angelique Kidjo official site)

Today turns out to be a Brazilian day.

In my previous post – 8 random facts – I mentioned that I took part in a dinner party where the people around the table gave a spontaneous concert using only forks & knives and glasses (may be you should try it as well).

That evening before this jam session with the cutlery 🙂 I was fortunate enough to listen to the sounds of the rainforest as played by Nana Vasconselos.

Nana Vasconselos He was the only one in the middle of the stage standing on a colorful cloth sorrounded by instruments of all kinds.

It was evening so it was really dark – easy to imagine the dense forest – all we heard was the sounds of birds singing, branches cracking, snakes hissing – I will never forget Nana’s forest.

In the end he asked the audience to use clapping noises to imitate the rain. Different parts of the audience clapped at the different times and with different intensity – so it made one feel like the rain is going from one side of the festival venue to the other. Later the rain started pouring real hard which we achieved by stomping our feet – when he asked us to do so – and once we all understood his “rain signs” everyone got into the game and tried to be the best “rain player” ever.

Click to visit the Nana Vasconselos page on to listen to some of his music .

Kaya N’Gan Daya

Today I have been listening to Gilberto Gil singing Bob Marley songs – they are great – visit this page – you will be able to listen to the complete songs from there – if you are a Marley fan – you will definitely like this. Many other Gil songs are also available for listening there – great music. ‘Nuf said.

When I hear Manu Chao‘s name- this is the first song I think of – I love it – there is just nothing like Bongo Bong.

Bongo bong

Mama was queen of the mambo
Papa was king of the Congo
Deep down in the jungle
I started bangin’ my first bongo

Every monkey’d like to be
In my place instead of me
Cause I’m the king of bongo, baby
I’m the king of bongo bong

I went to the big town
Where there is a lot of sound
From the jungle to the city
Looking for a bigger crown
So I play my boogie
For the people of big city
But they don’t go crazy
When I’m bangin’ in my boogie
I’m the “king of the bongo, king of the bongo bong”
Hear me when I come
King of the bongo, king of the bongo bong

They say that I’m a clown
Making too much dirty sound
They say there is no place for little monkey in this town
Nobody’d like to be in my place instead of me
Cause nobody go crazy when I’m bangin’ on my boogie
I’m the king of the bongo, king of the bongo bong
Hear me when I come
“King of the bongo, king of the bongo bong”
Bangin’ on my bongo all that swing belongs to me
I’m so happy there’s nobody in my place instead of me
I’m a king without a crown hanging loose in a big town
But I’m the king of bongo baby I’m the king of bongo bong
King of the bongo, king of the bongo bong
Hear me when I come, baby, king of the bongo, king of the bongo bong…

(lyrics from here)

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