Music to lighten the mood - please add your own choices

It’s good as well, a little longer maybe :grinning:, and more Easter-ish than mine…

The song Malaika, sung (in Swahili) live in Dakar by the fabulous Angélique Kidjo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1LOPozBun4

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I love AK - the Miriam Makeba version is lovely but not as powerful. A SA friend of mine has a daughter called Malaika :blush:
I love this:

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I always regretted not seeing in Paris (when she lived there, 1980s-90s), I missed a couple of opportunities, but as she was starting to rise to prominence in the late 80s-early 90s and giving concerts in small venues in Paris, I left France. She’s still touring mind but it’s never or rarely the same once they become big international stars.

One of the big African bands at the time in France in the 1980s was the Senegalese band Touré Kunda (who also lived in Paris for a good while, saw them there twice), they are great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ7b8PUEkuA

Another contemporary

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Great, I saw Alpha Blondy at WOMAD in 2002, I used to go every other year on average.

When I moved to the UK in 1990, one of the major African band in France was Touré Kunda as I wrote but they were unknown in the UK and likewise in the UK one of the major African bands was Thomas Mapfumo, largely unknown in France… Vestiges of colonial history I suppose, as Touré Kunda first rose to fame in France via the Senegalese diaspora, and Thomas Mapfumo in the UK via the Zimbabwean one. TM are a fantastic band, their musical and cultural trademark is a very distinctive sound called “Chimurenga”. I saw them twice, in Sheffield, in a legendary music/social venue called The JuJu Club in Crookes, Sheffield 10, not sure if it’s still going but at the time they would play lots of “World Music” bands. Fabulous band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISgeA3yZ-ww

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KolxHYDgQcU

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I love handpans and couldn’t believe my ears when I first encountered them (a duo playing in the street in Freiburg in Germany) amazing sounds coming from what to my eyes was just an uparmoured wok :heart_eyes:

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B Kurd Rav Drum “Hegemony” Original Song- Re-Record