Archive for January, 2013
From the links in that post I just reblogged.
For most of my childhood, I heard the following sort of thing on a regular basis: “HAHA did you just say SAL-mon? Don’t you know it’s pronounced SAAAAAAAA-mon? DUH.”
There are basically three appropriate responses when someone mispronounces something. One is to politely say something like, “Hey, just so you know, that’s pronounced SAH-mon.” Another is to say nothing but use the word yourself and pronounce it correctly. The third is to realize that you do, in fact, have the option of just letting it slide and not playing English Police. They’ll learn eventually; you don’t need to be their personal savior.
United Voices of Mali - Malian musicians responding to the civil war and the imposition of sharia law in the north of the country. There’s a little too much going on at the same time in some places, but it’s got a fantastic groove and the singing is just too moving.
I’ve only started listening to Malian music in the past few days and I’ve only just scratched the surface, but there’s enough amazing material there to keep me busy for years. I don’t like everything that I’ve heard so far, but that’s mostly because I don’t understand everything, musically. And I’m not letting that stop me.