Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe

I think Lao Tzu was on to something with that quote. I'm bored with sharing my travel pictures, so I thought instead to share some of my favorite international artists and mini documentaries for the nomadic travelers in us all.

Through music and film, "1 Giant Leap" explores the universal complexities of human nature. Jamie Catto (Faithless co-founder) and Duncan Bridgeman set out on their journey recording musical jewels and words of wisdom with the cream of the world's thinkers, writers and entertainers along the way. The duo traveled to the farthest corners of the planet, to ensure immense cultural diversity in this time capsule of humanity at its most inspirational.


What can I say about Salif Keita, his African folk lyrics epitomizes what Plato said about music:  Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.

War photography and documentary has to be one of the most difficult professions and legendary Don McCullin made an art form out of it. I found his discussion about wars and the struggle of being a silent observer in the face of inhumanity fascinating.

And last, but not least, whenever I'm in the mood to dance beyond hiphop/pop music, these men are my choice: Somali singer, King KhalidMagic System from Côte d'Ivoire, French singer, Jessy Matador and of course Longombas whom I became obsessed with back when I did my internship in Kenya.....perhaps too modern for my parents generation.

What are some of your favorite musicians beyond what we grow up with in the West?
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