“As long as the songs are strong, I think you can express yourself in any style and have it be soulful and have it be your own voice. ” Ben Harper
I love World Music and, when I’m relaxing at home on the weekends, I like to sample a few from around the globe. What I find fascinating about the genre is that the music is not only varied, it exposes us to a wide and impressive range of soulful sounds and instruments. As often as is feasible, I’d love to share some of the sounds that cross my path; I’ll call it Soulful Saturdays. Today, I’ll share a few songs from the African continent (Guinea-Bissau, Mali, DRC/Kenya, Uganda) and Brazil. My blog friend xandimusic at World Music – the Music Journey shares great music from around around the world… worth a blog visit and a listen. Two songs, Julia (above) and Mpita Njia (below), were from xandimusic’s selections. Julia by Super Mama Djombo, a rock group from Guinea-Bissau, is a haunting song; a mournful plea for help after the death of a first love and a separation from a second.
“Music fills the infinite between two souls” Rabindranath Tagore
I saw Amadou and Mariam perform in Central Park many years ago and was blown away by their sound. What makes this couple even more impressive is that they have captured the hearts of music lovers around the world with their unique and beautiful sounds. They are both blind and met in a special braille school in Mali. They travel frequently, creating and performing great music. They recently produced a new album – Folila – which includes several collaborations with Western artists. This song is from that album.