The incomparable Nil Lara live in concert at the Bitter End in New York East Village. Front row. Played an hour set. Solo acoustic. Alternated three diff guitars. Had the crowd singing to some of the tunes. A truly memorable moment. Still brilliant.
Ed Hale just returned from a two week homebuilding trip to Akra in Ghana in West Africa with Habitat for Humanity. The team he was a part of built three full houses. He also visited the former “slave castles” on the coast. “The building was brutal. The sun was scorching hot. The slave castles were dark shocking and horrifying. I didn’t go in. We are f**king animals,” Hale said about the trip. He created a Transcendent Television series of video shorts about the trip on YouTube which can be viewed below.
Yes… so i had bought this african drum. i had always wanted a real african drum. Not an american made african drum but a real authentic made in africa one. and i finaly bought one… i was so excited that for a very short time i played it all the time… but my fellow travellers on the bus didn’t much like that… which they didnt have too hard of a time communicating to me… i believe it was baby kaye who said something to the effect of “uh Ed, pardon me, but when youre sleeping we are cognizant of it and we try to be quiet… get it?” And i was like “So you dont want me to play my drum on the bus?” “Exactly.” So they made me a new quieter one.
This is why the whole world is banding together to help build Africa up.
Well truth is, i pretty much YouTube anywhere and everywhere…. ok so i haven’t YouTubed on the toilet yet…. YET… but now that i think about it…. that could be a first…
Ed Hale just returned from a two week homebuilding trip in Ghana in West Africa with Habitat for Humanity. He also had the opportunity to visit the so-called slave dungeons on the coast towards the end of the trip. Above is a photo from that portion of the trip. Hale commented, “Yes they looked like this. yes they smelled. yes it is every bit as awful as one imagines. It’s the soul’s darkness. We are f**king animals. I am ashamed and horrified.” Luckily Hale also created a ten episode Transcendent Television series of video shorts which can be viewed below.