June 17, 2006

Shake-speara introducing Remmy Ongala

I guess you have noticed that a song keeps playing every time you open this page. I'll be bringing you songs from around the world you most likely have never heard. Cultural expressions that you may not linguistically understand, but soulfully can relate to.

This week's artist has been Remmy Ongala with the Swahili song Kipenda Roh, which roughly means darling of the soul, or sweetheart. He is originally from Congo/Zaire but lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with his English wife, 5 children and a parrot and is the most popular singer in Tanzania.

Earlier songs he was famous for like Mnyonge Hana Haki meaning The poor have no rights (notice the word haki is from Arabic haqq), display the purpose of his music which has often been to highlight social injustice or as he himself calls his music, ubungo (brain).

18 comments:

BuJ said...

wow.. very nice muzik!

thnx for that.. but i'd do something about the pic coz u might be sued by Samuel L Jackson!

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

they do resemble! lol ah well if Sam Jackson is reading my blog I'd say that's pretty interesting...

Imaan On Ice said...

Salam sister! Va kul! jag har precis upptäckt din blogg (helt sen, jag vet). I'll be reading here more often inshaallah.

Love //Imaan

knicq said...

...I am so entranced by The_ghost_the hatchlings...where do I find a complete album?

First time at your blog today... quite sure I'll be around more and more often. Love the place.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Salam Imaan!! Välkommen :) Som man brukar säga, bättre sent än aldrig :) /kramisar!

Knicq welcome, glad you liked the song :) The artist is Liz Carrol and I got it from a celtic album compilation. I am sure if you google the name you will find something. You are welcome back anytime :)

UmmAbdur-Rahmaan said...

The music is very nice but it is kind of sad. At least it made me feel sad.....

UmmAbdur-Rahmaan said...

Oh yeah I meant the ghost of the hatchling song was sad....I also like this other one.....

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Salams Umm AR! Welcome :)
The ghost and the hatchlings is very melancholy, and it borders sad, I agree. In swedish we have a word for this kind of music "vemodig". It perfectly describes the feel of the song. But it's so touching I felt I should put it up. I will add new songs as I go along. Some will be sad, others like Remmy Ongala, upbeat and uplifting. :)

BuJ said...

hur maaaaar duuuuurrr

check out my amazing Swedish!

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

lol it's to die for... :)

Samawel said...

Oh, so that's what I've been hearing the last time I was here... Song IS amazing... :D

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Hala Samawel! You betcha! and there's more where that came from. If you have any songs/artists you think that the blogging world should be introduced to (non mainstream) then please send em over. :)

Boo! said...

this would be sooooo much more interesting if my internet speed were faster and the music wasn't playing in 5 second bits!

Coll music though... even in 5 second bits :)

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Ahh that is too bad boo. Hey maybe it will be faster in Hong Kong ey? :)

Boo! said...

lets hope so :)

Samawel said...

*sigh* Idan Raichel hehe.
Sigur Rós--the funeral song, ended up being the top of the charts in Iceland at the time.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Send ya rajol, send! lol

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