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Personal Perspectives #3 | Johnny Clegg

UbuntuFM | Johnny Clegg | Personal Perspectives #3

#Interviews #People #Africa #SouthAfrica #Zimbabwe Johnny Clegg

A personal perspective on Johnny Clegg, South-African musical icon and anti-apartheid activist.We had a sit down with Paolo Genovesi, global citizen, self-declared pro-Apartheid supporter, turned pan-Africanist.

Welcome to UbuntuFM, Paolo, and thank you for the opportunity to sit down with us. Every story has a beginning. Where did yours start? 

I have been always fascinated by travel and foreign cultures. Africa, in particular, has been so important in my life because of my granny who lived in Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia. So I grew up with Africa and travel with Africa on my mind. 

By sheer luck

Amy Winehouse | Love is a losing game

UbuntuFM | Amy Winehouse

#Feedback #Jazz Amy Winehouse

Reflections on a Jazz revelation. I never latched on to Amy Winehouse when she was still alive. I thought she was hyped too much at the time. Her music was too subtle to reach me thru the noise of the crowd.

Amy’s music is personal to the extreme. She lived the life she expressed in her songs. Her inner eye recorded all her feelings and emotions which she put into poetry, the lyrics of her songs.

Jazz was the vehicle, the means, the meme, to carry and translate the subtleties of her thoughts and feelings into music. It could only have been Jazz. No other genre could have encompassed her talent and

Eric Bibb | Global Griot

UbuntuFM | Eric Bibb | Global Griot

#Reviews #World Eric Bibb

A message from the global messenger Master Chef Bibb is serving us so many different dishes and flavours with this release - 24 in total - that there is simply no way of denying or disliking what he has on offer. 

Upon receiving Eric Bibb's new album from Dixiefrogs - thank you Philippe -  our first, rather underwhelming thought was: what's a griot?

For many others who might have the same response, here's Webster's definition:

Griot: a member of a class of travelling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.

Logically, a 'global' griot

REVIEW | Neil Young | 'Cortez the Killer'

UbuntuFM | REVIEW | Neil Young | 'Cortez the Killer'

#Reviews #Rock Neil Young

Alternate view on a classic track'Cortez the Killer' is a song by Neil Young from his 1975 album, "Zuma". It was recorded with Young's band Crazy Horse.

'Cortez the Killer' is about Hernan Cortés, one of the infamous ‘conquistadores’ who caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of what is now mainland Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century. Cortés was part of the generation of Spanish colonizers who began the first phase of the Spanish colonization of the Americas.

Arriving on the continent

Cynthia Basinet | The Journey

Cynthia Basinet | UbuntuFM Interview cover

#Interviews #Jazz #MeToo #Stalkarazzi #Sahrawi Cynthia Basinet

exclusive interview with a remarkable woman Cynthia Basinet is a multi-talented American actress, singer, supermodel, activist and mother from the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles county.

Thank you, Cynthia for granting us this interview. There are so many things we want to learn about you at once, but in order not to confuse ourselves and our readers let us start at the point where every journey starts: the beginning.

From our research we gather that having been born in the ‘liberal’ surroundings of LA’s San Fernando Valley and being raised in California’s Silicon Valley have

Mandela | The Legacy

Mandela | The Legacy | Pres. Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

#Feedback #People #Ubuntu Nelson Mandela

A shrewd politician or a visionary or both? As with most larger-than-life figures Pres. Nelson Mandela was controversial. We know of his achievements and follies. But what is his legacy? What will he be best remembered for?

Nelson Mandela had a brief membership in the South African Communist Party and a long-term alliance thereafter with the Communist Party. He was at varying times a black nationalist and a non-racialist, an opponent of armed struggle and an advocate of violence, a hothead and the calmest man in the room, a consumer of Marxist tracts and an admirer of Western democracy, a close partner of Communists

The Global War on Humanity

UbuntuFM The Global War on Humanity

#Feedback #Society #Power George Orwell 1984

A brave new world

The COVID drama that has been unfolding across the globe over the last six months marks the start of a new era, the global war on humanity. Here’s why.

Unlike previous iterations, World Wars 1 and 2, the Cold War, the War on Terrorism, and the War on Drugs, this new war is truly global in scope and affects every human being on a most personal and private level: that of healthcare. From urban

Nederland Ontwaakt!

UbuntuFM | Nederland Ontwaakt!

#Reports #Society #Corona #pandemie

De Corona Wet: een permanente staat van pandemie.Nu ons land zich langzaamaan vrijmaakt uit de greep van de Corona lockdown, wordt er gewerkt aan wetgeving van tijdelijke aard, maar met een permanente strekking, die veel verder gaat dan de maatregelen die zijn genomen tijdens de lockdown.   

Abnormaal

De Corona Wet betekent een uitholling van onze democratie en roept de vraag op of er nog wel sprake kan is van een volwaardige democratie, aangezien ze ingrijpt op nagenoeg elk facet van het openbare en besloten leven in ons land. Deze draconische wet is van toepassing op de bestrijding van de epidemie, of een directe dreiging daarvan, maar herijkt de-facto onze samenleving naar ‘het

Louis Ville | “Eponyme”

Louis Ville | “Eponyme” | UbuntuFM

#Reviews #Pop #Jazz #France Louis Ville

Album review. A collage of deep thinking, deep feeling, and deep music. "Eponyme" is the latest release by Louis Ville, who has staked the roads of France and Europe with several hundred concerts.

Do you remember the time when vinyl records were mainstream, not a niche? Then you might also remember the excitement of browsing through rows upon rows of records in your local record bar. I do, I remember that time, the smell and sounds of years gone by.

Well, vinyl may have become less relevant, music, however, its significance, its function as an art form has remained unchanged. And, it is