Akua Naru :: Poetry how does it feel live…. “I want to make love to your existence, drenched in the colours of your energy “. YES.
“I dare to wear love like red, blood red…..” :: the incredible d’bi young
“I was looking for the one that loved me when I saw your face knowing that I looked in the right place…”
THE LOVE/ART MEMOIRS ~ Alex Isley
Gracias a la Vida- a classic song from the Latin American left, as sung by Argentinian singer/activist Mercedes Sosa.
On September 11, 1973 Augusto Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende and led a regime that murdered artists, doctors, labourers, students, visionaries… and sent many of Chile’s surviving dreamers into exile…..
It was by luck, or by fate, or both, that one of these children of exile became my friend. And in honour of the revolutionary love between friends I choose today to honour the history of Chile’s activist generation of the 1970s who risked life and soul in the name of a people-centred vision. The so called ‘Cold’ War was never cold. Today I celebrate Chilenas and Chilenos who resisted and persisted, and mourn those whose lives were lost and the sadness that lingers in the hearts of those who loved them.
As she sings, so do I : ” el canto de ustedes que es mi proprio canto” :: the song of all of you, which is my own song
I listened to this again after years and was spellbound, Abd Al Malik’s incredible ‘Gibraltar’ — for all you non-French speakers…the lyrics….astound…:: the story of a young black man’s dervish-trance into self-realisation in a bar in Gibraltar and turning back to go back across that sea that leads to Africa’s coast….Here’s a taste….
On the straits of the Gibraltar there is a young black man who comes to life,who sings, who says at last “I LOVE YOU” to this life
Like this dancing sun, they want to soak up stars and tear off this fear which veils them
On the straits of Gibraltar there is a young black man who is no longer a slave, who cries out like the brave, even death can no longer hold him back…
“My pops said he was in love when he made me…
Thought about it for a second, wasn’t hard to see…
I could hear he was sincere, was a game of promotion..
The entire affair’s probably charged wit emotion
But love call your heart, I guess you got to pursue..
My folks said they was in love when they made me
I take they love they made me wit to make rhymes and beats
(Can you feel?) The raw deal, it’s all wheel-driven
Contemplate the essence of beats, rhymes and living
Speech in line wit the rhythm, designed wit the rhythm
Ears and eyes keepin good time wit the rhythm
I shine wit the rhythm, the Black Star Gallactica…
I got Love, L-O-V-E and I be
Love, L-O-V-E to MC
Get love, L-O-V-E and I be
Love, L-O-V-E to MC”
We is busy people yes…but we gotta make time for the things we love. Mos rhymes about his love of writing…about getting lost in his own world guided only by his pen…His writing is fuelled by a love for hip-hop…as an MC (s/he who ‘must cultivate.’) Big Love to all the creative-cultivators….Keep on, keepin’ on…do what you love to do…We appreciate you…❤ Amina
Ian Kamau’s amazing remix of Sade’s Soldier of Love
…”still looking for the light….I’m a soldier of love everyday of my life”
And his album One Day Soon is just musical bliss…more soon on OurSpaceIsLove…and support the artist! We should invest as much (if not more) in independent artists who speak our multiple truths as we do in the pop-stars of this world who spin commercial beats…but rarely revolutionary riddyms! This is the people’s PR mechanism….word of mouth… ❤ Jessica