Well it seems as if some folks like the recent road trip music pick and I have promised a few more but now I am going to change things and add in a sort of African/World flavor.
We do however live in Africa and occasionally need to connect, so what better way than through the music we listen to when on the road? And road trips evoke images of heat, dust and endless stretches of tar and gravel, peak caps, light cotton beach wraps and sandals-waiting for the bliss of a cool pool or dam when you finally reach your destination.
Well, I have often caused a strange look or even comment when pulling into a dusty Karoo village simply due to the music- and this is good simple earthy music, you move to the rhythm of ancient instruments and voices singing in dialects that you do not even understand- but then that is what a road trip is all about.
Given that what’s in the console?
In The Heart of the Moon – Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate, recorded in 2005 by Malian Musicians great guitar and vocals, well worth listening to!
Nothing’s in Vain – Youssou N’ Dour , great album from a Senegalese legend not traditional Senegalese music but with interesting instruments
One Giant Leap –Various – Two musicians went around the world mixing a multimedia project that encompassed a complete music experience – the result is a CD that you can listen to over and over without getting tired of it – a must on any road trip. Awesome appearances by numerous great guest artists
Cheikh lo Jamm– There are a variety of moods within this CD ,and it’s worth listening to just to pick up on them ,great riffs with high energy delivery throughout.
There are many more than I can add to the selection but I think the message is simply that music is a precious gift and we can not afford to lock ourselves into a single genre we need to be a little”out the box” especially on a road trip, relax and enjoy the experience, connect with the earth and Africa!