We share this poem, a tribute to the passing of the great Lena Horne, written by Oakland’s own Paradise Free Jah Love! It was shared on Face book, but is too beautiful a piece to keep quiet. Lena touched and inspired many. May we be inspired by the grace of her passage home. Thanks, Paradise, for these beautiful words.
Dragon Head Music Staff
We mourn and honor the death of the great Lena Horne, artist, civil rights activist, stage and film actress. Ms. Horne had an entertainment career which spanned over 60 years. Tall, lean and exceptionally beautiful, her elegant and proud demeanor broke the “mammy” stereotype for black women and opened the doors for black actresses to enter the acting arena.
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I admit, I am biased towards the musicians of Mali. Perhaps it is because their culture forms the heart of the old Mandeng Empire and the music and mysteries of the music there are older, more complex and piercing. Perhaps it is because it is here that Sundiata rose and music flourished to support his reign. We are completing our seires, the history of djembe drumming, and just wanted to give you a taste of what it is like in Bamako, Mali; music everyhwere. All day and all night music reigns in the mind of the visitor. Check back in for the articles.
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Mamady Keita was born to drum. This Master Drummer has traveled the world sharing the beauty of the Wassolou and Mendeng traditions of his people. He is one of the few Master Drummers to garner an international following and success. Notice the use of “breaks” creating musical interludes in the composition. Keita and his drummers seem to play with little effort or exertion. But, we know they are working hard!