Music List #4 Mostly Latin

Music List #4 Mostly Latin

Compiled by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Celia Cruz

Camaron de la Isla

Las Gredas

Estrella Morente

Tomatito

Tito Puente

Lila Downs

Buika

Chavela Vargas

Cucu Sanchez

Agustin Lara

Mano Negro

Caetano Veloso

Susanna Baca

Ibrahim Ferrer

Joan Baez

Hector Lavoe

Omara Portuondo

Compay Segundo

Ruben Gonzalez

Mongo Santamaria

Aberlardo Barroso

Pio Levya

La Sonora Matancera

Celio Gonzalez

Peru Negro

El Negro Peregrino

Alfredito Valdez and Trio Caney

Chappottin and his Estrellas

Orlando Contreras

Beny More

Raul Diaz

Beny More and Lalo Montane

Miguelito Valdes

Raul Diaz

Desi Arnaz

Alberto Iznaga

Rolando Laserie

Mongo Santamaria

Alfredito Zayas

Miguelito Valdes

Machito

Aldermaro Romero

Pozo and James Moody

Lecouna Cuban Boys

Bebo Valdes with Sabor de Cuba

Vincentino Valdes

Perez Prado

Mario Bauza with Machito

Chano Pozo with Machito

Cuban Boys

Angel Rolando

Beny More and his All Star Cuban Orchestra

Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz

Cesaria Evora

Franco

Libertad Lamarque

Manu Chao

Martirio

Martirio & Chano Dominguez

Martirio & Jerry Gonzalez

Mercedes Sosa

Mercedes Simone

Pape Fall

Poncho Sanchez

Violetta Parra

Yma Sumac

Quincy Jones Ai no Corrida

Soundtrack Danzon

Santana

Angela Bofil

Buena Vista Social Club w/Ry Cooder

Music List #3

Music List #3

Compiled by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Karen Carpenter

Doobie Brothers

Beegees

Saturday Night Fever

Imagine

David Byrne

Beatles

Soul to Soul

10,000 Maniacs

Diana Ross

Stevie Wonder

Italian Opera

Accordion

Captain and Tenille

Sonny & Cher

Chaka Khan

Sunday’s

Old Prince

Morris Day

Lisa Stansfield

Bob Marley The sun is shining

Joan Baez

Joni Mitchell Jericho

Sting

Peter Tosh

Bobby Womack

Talking Heads

Annie Lennox

Cyndi Lauper

Steely Dan other albums

Eagles

Chicago

Santana

 

 

 

 

Music List #2

Music List #2

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Portishead

Edie Brickell- Shooting rubber bands at the sky

Jamiroquai

Queen- Rhapsody

ABBA

Massive Attack

Depeche Mode

David Bowie

Tricky

Primal Scream

Sinead O’Connor

Billy Idol

Yves Tumor (Igwagbd)

Broken Clouds –Gaussan Curve

Hammond Blue D.K/S.K

The Animal Geotic

Fade  D.K/S.K

Liquid Mind

The Ambient Light

Ambient Jazz Ensemble

Sand Timer

J Balvin

Brandenburg Concertos Bach-Berlin Chamber Orchestra

Harpsichord Concerto Johann Sebastian Bach

SEI Concerti Andreas Staier Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Corelli 12 Concerti Grossi  Concerto for Harpsichord  Arcangelo Corelli

Cassandra Wilson

Buika Mi Nina Lola

Tom Tom Club

Diana Ross

Dead Can Dance

Savoy Brown

King Oliver and His Dixie Syncopators

Louisiana Red

Wayne Hancock

Paul Rodgers

Beau Weevils

Big George Brock

John Jackson

Clifton Chenier

Sweet Potato Mash

Bill Parkers Showboat Band

Mojo Bruno

Music List (Spring 2019) #1

Music List

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Nina & the Pogo Sticks

Sweet Potato Pie

Freddie King  Blue Live

Hoodoo Kings

Jimmy King

Joni Mitchell

Cat Stevens

Miriam Makeba

School Teacher (reggae song)

Yoko Ono

Enya Matakone

Black Sabbath

Beatles

Parliament

Pixies

Primus

Fugazi

Smashing Pumpkins

Ambient

The Carpenters

Sirius XM

Custard

Fluster

Richard Hen house

Sweet Botnick

Grover Washington

Isaac Hayes

Al Green

Kate Bush

Patrice Rushen

Niecy

Prince

Doux Moments Pour Philou,  Stephen Moccio Hudson

Peace of heaven Solomon Keal

Enya

New Life, Paul Cardall

One in a Million, Ashford and Simpson

Sting

Annie Lennox

Terrence Trent D’arby

Minnie Ripperton

Roberta Flack

Sade

Cedric Bixler-Zavala Urges Former Bandmate Beto O-Rourke To Run for President

Cedric Bixler-Zavala Urges Former Bandmate Beto O-Rourke To Run for President
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

What Cleveland Press described as a “Punk Titan,” Cedric Bixler Zavala, lead to bands “At the Drive-In” and “Mars Volta” has endorsed former early 90’s bandmate Robert Francis O’Rourke aka “Beto” to run for U.S. President. An Irish American, near Kennedy look alike, associated to the early punk rock band “Foss,” upon further investigation, could actually be a good choice for Democratic nominee in the 2020 Presidential Elections.
Punk Rock may be the fire in young people for revolution, that could fuel campaigns and activism in later. According to Rolling Stone magazine, there are five other key persons, the Democrats are considering for a 2020 Democratic Nominee which are: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (consumer financial protections bureau, pursuing equity in hostile and predatory banking industry), Corey Booker (Former Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, pursues affordable housing, nondiscrimination), New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Ladroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, Limit Financial Insider Trading, Sexual Assault Justice), Congressman Tim Ryan (Country’s deficit, appropriations and budget committees), Senator Kamala Harris of California (Served as Attorney General in California since 2011, sits on Senate Judiciary Committee, opposed to “Muslim ban,” and “healthcare civil rights”).
Musician, Cedric Bixler-Zavala consoled former bandmate O’Rourke and advised to run for president, after a narrow congressional defeat in Texas against Ted Cruz of only a 2.6 percent margin. What was suggested by the November 6, 2018 defeat for O’Rourke was overwhelming support in Texas for his many state wide and local achievements that could indicate or be the “building blocks” of a future larger national campaign. Sometimes it appears to be the build-up, not the win.
Bixler-Zavala appears to be drumming up support among music fans for his former bandmate with frequent twitter postings, “I don’t care if (you)lost,” Bixler-Zavala Wrote, “you made them tremble with the simple prospect of real change. You are one of us. I have nothing but respect and admiration for you. I’m in tears. I can only hope you run for President.”
O’Rourke formerly played bass in the band “Foss” and briefly toured in North America before their break up in about 1995. Bixler-Zavala has been a supporter throughout O’Rourke’s campaign. O’Rourke appears to have donated $28,000 of his personal funds to a House of Representatives Democratic campaign-which appears to be the only way you can win, by supporting others, so they will in turn, support you too.
O’Rourke a Texas politician has surveyed local level Texan problems and invested in a technology company to create more opportunities for the region that was experiencing an “exodus of youth.” While O’Rourke served on El Paso City Council he worked on “prominent local issues” like: sexual and family violence, and urban planning. Some of O’Rourke’s most important achievements had to do with border issues, border deaths and unnecessary CBP force and drug trafficking concerns of which he preferred a liberal stance to Marijuana to avoid drug lord problems from the Ciudad de Juarez.

Cedric Bixler-Zavala

https://tonedeaf.com.au/at-drive-in-frontman-bandmate-president/

At the Drive-In’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala to Beto O’Rourke: ‘I Can Only Hope You Run for President’

Texas Indie Punk Rock Band, “Mineral” Play 25th Year Anniversary Tour

Texas Indie Punk Rock Band, “Mineral” Play 25th Year Anniversary Tour
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Texas Indie Punk Rock Band, “Mineral” releases “Aurora” a sensual song that reminds one of “depuis le tom” or of man’s solitude. Aurora is incredibly serene and mellow then bursting like “streamers or arches of light” or as if a guitar voice was given to nature. Pitchfork described Mineral as “downtempo.” Prior albums by Mineral include “The Power of Failing” and “End Serenading.” In “End Serenading,” heart throb singer Chris Simpson sings, “will you ever know how much I love you?” “Aurora” continues the bands hypnotic sound. In “Aurora,” Simpson is pensive, even philosophical asking, “There’s always a question.” Mineral gives you something like what you could of gotten in a prior year from a band like “The Cure,” -full mood immersion.
Mineral assembled around 1994 and toured in 1996 and 1997, then split up after 4 years together. Band members split into two bands, then alternative projects. Band reunited for a long 8 city tour in 2014 that lasted into 2015. Tour took them from places like: “El Corazon” in Seattle, Washington to “Oxford Art Factory” in Sydney Australia.
Mineral band members equal: Chris Simpson (guitar/vocals), Scott McCarver (guitar), Gabriel Wiley (drums), Jeremy Gomez (bass). Current release, Aurora,” is due out January 4th 2019 in conjunction with a limited edition commemorative book-only 2000 copies will be sold-titled “One Day When We Are Young.” Book comes out in hardcover and will feature articles from music journalist Mischa Pearlman, as well as rare never before seen photos. Mineral has even asked fans to send in their vintage photos of the band with files or links to 25@officialmineral.com. Book also includes handwritten lyrics, memorabilia and 10 inch album with two songs: “Aurora” and “Your Body is the World.” Book totals about 56 pages and is priced at $25. Mineral tends to play sold out shows. Reserve your advance tickets and books now.
Mineral tour dates are listed below:
01-09 Miami, FL – The Ground At Space
01-10 Orlando, FL – The Social
01-11 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
01-12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
01-16 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living
01-17 Washington, DC – The Black Cat
01-19 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
01-20 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
01-23 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
01-24 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
01-26 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
01-30 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
01-31 Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room
02-01 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
02-03 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
02-14 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
03-17 Tokyo, Japan – Hachioji Rips
03-18 Tokyo, Japan – Fever
03-19 Iwata, Japan – FM Stage
03-20 Nagoya, Japan – Huck Finn
03-21 Kanazawa, Japan – Puddle/Social
03-22 Kyoto, Japan – Growly
03-23 Osaka, Japan – Conpass
05-23 London, England – The Dome
05-24 Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
05-25 Cologne, Germany – Artheater
05-27 Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
05-28 Berlin, Germany – Lido
05-29 Munich, Germany – Hansa 39
05-30 Milan, Italy – Circolo Magnolia

@officialmineral
Thanks for a great night LA. See you tonight SF. #mineral2015

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Following Tragic Death, Prince Estate Debuts Video Series with Three Rare Clips

Following Tragic Death, Prince Estate Debuts Video Series with Three Rare Clips
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Pop Icon, “Prince,” A.K.A Prince Rogers Nelson, was reported dead on April 21, 2016, following a tragic accidental overdose of the painkiller Fentanyl, a generic Vicodin, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fans around the world were left in shock as some reportage has claimed Prince was “in pain.”
Many remember a wild flamboyant, often androgynous, in full make up and high heeled boots man, who danced much like James Brown and sang in falsetto and baritone with great showmanship. Prince often dressed in regal Edwardian styles, wore high collars and ruffles and carried a rose or flower like a young “Romeo.”
Songs were sexually charged and sometimes reminiscent of the black church pulpit. Prince songs such as “Do Me Baby,” began as if beginning an erotic church sermon. Most likely 99% of Prince songs were erotic or having sexual innuendo or strong sexual liberation coming out of the 70’s into early 80’s. Many parents ripped down Dirty Mind posters in the late 70’s, when young children became fanatic for the star, who was featured on a poster naked in the shower. It was rumored that “over- sexed” Prince had or needed hip surgery.
Prince was known for having a strong female presence in his bands and launching careers of several connected bands. Many details about Prince and Former band members are on his official webpage: officialprincemusic.com.
The Prince Estate is now combing through decades of Prince hit’s and going through the famed Prince “vault” where said songs were stored and releasing special footage including the recent three video clips for, “Endorphinmachine,” “Dolphin” and “Rock and Roll is Alive! (And It Lives in Minneapolis).”
Immediately following Prince’s death, The Prince Estate released a “Greatest Hits,” on November 22, 2016 featuring one unreleased song, “Moonbeam,” recorded during a 1999 session. On June 23, 2017 Purple Rain was rereleased as a deluxe and expanded version called “From the Vault and Previously Unreleased.” Deluxe CD was accompanied by a DVD that featured a concert from the Purple Rain Tour filmed in Syracuse, New York on March 30, 1985.
The Prince Estate has dealt with alot of legal disputes over who held master tapes due to co-production and issued restraining orders. In February of 2017, there was also a dispute between Universal Music Group and Warner Bros. over who may release which albums following Prince’s death. Some of Prince’s personal belongings such as Prince’s Bible, stage worn clothes and some personal documents were auctioned in Dallas, Texas on July 21, 2018.
Prince fans know him for the color “purple” which was honored in the uniforms of “Minnesota Timberwolves” basketball team and in a Pantone Color called “Love Symbol” #19-3528.
Some of Prince’s 39 studio produced albums are listed here for collectors (a complete list can be found on Wikipedia):
“For You” (1978), “Prince” (1979), “Dirty Mind”(1980), “Controversy”(1981), “1999”(1982), “Purple Rain” (1984), “Around the World in a Day”(1985).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_(musician)

Song: The Loveless are Hosting a Gathering

The Loveless are Hosting a Gathering
Song by, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The loveless are hosting a gathering
All the food is spoiled
The loveless are hosting a gathering
A whole lot of nothing for everyone

Lackluster is on the menu
Airpudding for dessert
The loveless are hosting a gathering
A whole lot of nothing for everyone

The downtrodden attended the gathering
Now low is now lower than anything

Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Than anything

Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Low is now lower
Than anything

Nkotombmre, A Basic “Wield” of Ghanaian and West African Culinary- Greens, Fish and Tomato

 

Nkotombmre
A Basic Wield of Ghanaian and West African Culinary: Greens, Fish and Tomato
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

A basic “wield” of West African cooking may have the same simple ingredients in many different combinations: it may include greens, peanut sauce, tomato and chicken, or greens, fish and tomato, or peanut stew with mushroom and chicken, or black eyed peas, fish, and tomato.

Most are stewed with and cooked in palm oil or coconut oil or vegetable oil with African Red Pepper Chili (Nina International Brand) and include garlic and ginger, onion and green pepper and sometimes magi cubes or blended up and liquefied onions, or blended up garlic, ginger and tomato with plantain dipped inside to make “Kelewele” or sometimes coconut milk, broth, or okra, or fried okra, or add spoonful’s of peanut butter or as a side blended up eggplant or hummus-these are some basic West African (and around) or Ghanaian cooking.  You can get experimental with interesting chili peppers or a variety of mushrooms in stews or add plantains to stew to make it a little fancier or haughty.  Some cooks will thicken a stew with Tahina or coconut milk or the liquefied onions or broths.

A basic idea is to blend and liquefy vegetables etc., succulence, and dipping.  Also it’s flavored oils, tender meats and a little heat. Other common things are fresh fruit, fruit salads, fresh bread, kebabs and satays.  Also common are rice dishes or rice and vegetables like “Joloff Rice” that includes mixed vegetables or dill rice or little savory dishes or cabbage dishes.

Alot of Africans like tender and spicy jerk chicken or coconut shrimp or meat pies or fried chicken or chicken wings (even marmalade wings or teriyaki wings)or  curries or Ethiopian Berbere Stews or even Chinese Stir Fry’s or Spaghetti Bakes. Some African’s will go to a fish market or meat market and just want “a nice piece of meat” and some rice, plantain and salad etc.  Some even like gravy’s and sauces.  One African may like salads with boiled egg, sausage, tomato topped with Thousand Island Dressing.  Some Africans like other cultural dishes that include a peanut taste like Vietnamese dishes with crushed peanuts or Thai, Pad Thai noodles in peanut sauce.  Africans may also like “Bright Chicken,” which is a lemon based pan fried chicken and has marvelous flavor.  Some may also like grilling or popping a piece of fish into foils with herbs and lemon into the oven wrapped up in a packet. Some African cooking has alot of French or Francophone influences from common shared languages and cultural taste buds.  Dishes like Coq au vin or an aperitif or a cheese and fruit platter dessert may be popular.

Many meats can be tenderized and sautéed in coconut oil and eaten with rice and a salad or a vegetable or a pot of pickled greens. Many dishes can be topped with fried plantain and or a boiled egg on top or a boiled egg in bowls of stew to be sexy or macho. Most also include plantain fried, baked or boiled, yellow or green (green and unripe is often boiled) or cocoyam boiled, or yam tubers skinned and boiled.

Most also include some kind of doughy manioc like Fu Fu (pounded yam, often sold in flours), Gari (sometimes a Cream of Wheat or Farina stiffened with more of itself and less water), Kenkey or corn meal “Husky” (like Mexican masa cooked)(Kenkey without the Kenk or fermentation), rice or rice balls, or yam or plantain-as the starch accompaniment.

The other staple are stews or soups that go with starches. Stews are “cut meat” stews where large chunks or cubes are cut by a butcher on a band saw of either fish, chicken, goat or beef or lamb. There is an art to the cutting of the meat and the succulence of the stew later. Sometimes you can cut chicken with a cleaver. Try Kasoa Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan for good “cut meats,” for stews.

Kasoa Market also carries the staples of Titus Sardines which are good with a stiffened Cream of Wheat, Sriracha Sauce, chopped onions and diced tomatoes and sometimes also cooked corned beef-this is simply called “Gari.” Gari is served on a plate or platter all together in order of eating operations. Most dishes are eaten with the right hand, sometimes dipping into each item.  Ghanaian’s have that dipping quality je ne sais quoi, like in the game with seeds and bowls “Oware,” almost like the letter “U.” Husky can be eaten the same way as Gari.  The leftover corned beef can be mixed with cooked rice, onions and green pepper for another delicious dish.

Nkotombmre-is cooked down and blended chopped spinach or another green, broken up pieces of fish (mostly canned, marinated or pickled fish) Geisha Brand Mackerel in Chili Sauce or Titus Sardines and fresh or stewed tomatoes with African chili pepper and salt, cooked in palm oil. Let it all break down until it is one interesting blended green sauce that you eat over something or dip into with an accompaniment, even crackers or warmed or toasted bread.  Nkotombmre is really tasty with fried plantain logs or boiled green plantains for example.   It looks almost like Chimichurri which may have originated in Ethiopia and is around the world? It can be found in Mexico and Argentina via the Italians in Ethiopia that later immigrated to Argentina and it became their food, then from the Argentine’s presumably to Mexico etc. Chimichurri is ladled over meats, mostly beef, and is parsley, olive oil, red wine vinegar, cilantro, garlic, red pepper, cumin and salt all blended into a green sauce.

Many dishes could just be eaten with crackers like the Mackerel in Chili Sauce or the Nkotombmre, or Chimichurri can be ladled over meats and things.  Some dishes you can take a bowl of rice turn it upside down in another larger bowl and pour soup over then lift off bowl to leave a round mound or an island with stew around or have a Fu Fu island in stew bowl or just a boiled egg and meats in stew.  You can dress a stew in many ways.

Good drinks to have are ones like: Fanta, Bitter Lemon, Pampelmousse Grapefruit Drink, Palm Wine, Ting, Star Beer or African Guinness. With all the chili you may just want water!!! Fire! Fire! Fire!  West African’s also typically drink lemon grass tea.  They use fresh stalks of lemon grass and cut off pieces and steep them in hot water for a delicious and memorable tea.  Some Africans really enjoy mulled herb teas or Black tea’s or Gunpowder Green Tea. There are also excellent South African wines like Chamonix or Simeon and many others.  African’s also enjoy Peak Milk with Nescafe Coffee and even cakes iced with Nescafe icing.  You can also just mix condensed milks as often do the Thai with coffee, a few tablespoons, for a delicious hot drink.

Ghanaian’s love “tea and biscuits” and are somewhat influenced heavily by the English. Other dishes common in England like baked beans on toast one may find also in Ghana. A Ghanaian father in America may feed to his young children, baked beans with hotdogs cut up in them-“beans and franks.”  A plate of Gari may be shared by a father and his children as one plate.  A dessert for a child may be simply baked plantains with peanut butter.

Africa was designated a more rural locale due to the presence of large game animals and game reserves. Perhaps it was more savior faire that desired land and rural, mixed with animals and cities. This represents a more simple “rural African diet.”  As Africa advances and becomes more cosmopolitan, so will Africa’s culinary augment and grow with all the old favorites.

Then pop in some music like: Franco, or Thomas Mapfumo, or Ali Farka Toure or Amadou and Mariam, Orchestra Baobab, Miriam Makeba (Love Tastes Like Strawberries), Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Babatunde, Fela Kuti, Buika, Caetano Veloso, Cesaria Evora, Dar es Salaam Jazz Band, Femi Kuti, Ibrahim Ferrer, Peru Negro, Sam Mangwana, Youssou N’Dour, Angleique Kidjo, Zap Mama, Soukous.