Sunday, April 29, 2007

Tambour D'Afrique: Last Night Recap

Last night's show went very well. Guy played a very nice selection of songs from various artists, Orchestre Makassy (Kenya), Bavon Marie Marie (Franco's brother), and Festival du Zaire among many others.

During the world news segment Guy discussed the issue of illiteracy (or analphabetism) in Africa and other third world countries and how it effects the family structure. Young girls are forced to forgo school and get married while boys are sent to get an education. This in turn causes a strange shift in the family structure where young girls have to marry older men. This form of sexism keeps the female child from developing to her full potential as a person and her worth is placed in having and rearing children. Guy played a clip from UNESCO that dealt with the issue. I will definitely have a blog on the subject in the following week.

Guy then introduced a new segment to the show where he Showcases a particular artist giving a little bit of information and playing a selection of songs. Last night he showcased the artist Franco. At the beginning of this month I blogged extensively on Franco so I won't blog again about his life but I will also do a small showcase of him sometime during the week.

I would say last night's shows was one of the best and it seems Tambour D'Afrique is on a nice roll. The best is yet to come so keep on listening and thank you for the support.

Download last night's show here: Tambour D'Afrique 4/28

Stay tuned for Sunday Nite Videos later on tonight :)



TrabQue said...

Reading through the sections of this blog I started regaining interest in African music witch wasn't beyond notifying the work of particular "big stars" of late.
Now that my curiosity is aroused I would very much like to know what today's African youth is affected by. I suggest that new musical developments are more easily conceived by younger people whilst the elder are more stuck to the sentimental memory of their own youth. Whilst the latter put much effort in thoroughly recording the history it seems more difficult to get a grip of what is presently going on. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to make my way to Kinshasa or Abuja but maybe one of you readers can give me a hint if some first hand material exits in the deep of the Net.

ms bazu said...

Thank you for your comment Trabque. The older generation did put more emphasis on sentimental songs, however they had many songs that dealt with social issues, colonialism, racism and more. Dont forget that starting 1965, the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko did not allow political discourse and many artists such as Tabu Ley, eeven Franco had to stay in exile for a few month because of a song they wrote. I will have a show dealing with that period of time. This is similar to Haiti under the dictatorship of the Duvalier.

Guy Angrand
Host of Tambour d'Afrique