Thursday, October 16, 2003

1. Went to see a concert at the Krannert Center. It was the "Drummers of West Africa", the world famous percussion big band from Dakar, Senegal led by the legend, Doudou N'Diaye Rose. He's fantastic. I especially enjoyed "Les Rosettes". He orchestrated about 30 musicians playing traditional Senegali drums. The beat was trancelike. When he cited Al-Ikhlaas from the Qoran, I felt an aura of sufism were all around -- not like Rumian's soft sufistic movement, but more of African agressive beat. Different. Spectacular.

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