Friday, August 12, 2005

Weekend Update with Paul Roberts

I was travelling for work all day yesterday, so I apologize for the lack of updates. Seems like the new header is a modest hit, so it will be here to stay for the time being.

Despite my absence, I've been keeping my ear to the streets. Here is the latest hot ish to check out when you have some time - just remember where you heard about it.

If you dig world music, especially West-African rhythms and vocal harmony, you definitely need to check out Toto Bona Lokua right now. The project is a collaboration of three accomplished musicians, Lokua Kanza, Richard Bona and Gerald Toto. The music is mostly improvised, and draws on sounds from all three of their musical roots (Congo, Cameroon, and the French-Caribbean). I was hipped to it by NPR, so you know it is legit. During the interview, they joked about how they would make up words while recording knowing that the Westerners would listen and speculate about what African language the word was from and what it meant, even though it was just invented to sound good with the music. You can hear samples of the songs on the NPR website.

I also just watched an amazing trailer for Jarhead, the latest movie from director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition). It looks to be the next "war is surreal" classic, plus the trailer features fantastci use of a certain Kanye West song. Peep the trailer here.

And Weez posted a video that is sure to make you chuckle. The guy's face is priceless.

Be safe this weekend kids.
PRADE out.

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