Reclaiming Lady

My current auditory obsession is this remake of Fela Kuti’s 1974 song Lady, by tUnE-yArDs, featuring ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo and Akua Naru. It is the first single from the second Red Hot compilation, (RED) Hot + Fela, which will raise funds for HIV/AIDS research.

My love for this version is so strong it is almost sexual. Angelique Kidjo is a goddess as always, her lead vocals are full of grunts and gymnastics that call to mind Fela’s energetic stage presence. ?uestlove, the biggest proponent of Fela in mainstream Western music is as ever, the cool backbone of the track. tUnE-yArDs quirky harmonies are just left-of-centre enough to stand on top of the amazing things the brass section, represented by Rubblebucket, are doing. This version manages to inject even more energy into the song, which if you know anything about Fela Kuti and his long musical reign at The Shrine, is quite an achievement. The climax of the vocal harmonies and brass at the end, will make your arm hair stand up and take notice.

Fela’s music was always political, and Merrill Garbus’ (of tUnE-yArDs) choice to populate this song with female vocalists is a political one. The original song was a criticism of what Fela saw of African women’s embrace of Western values.

If you call am woman
African woman no go ‘gree
She go say, she go say, “I be Lady o”

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Found Objects: Street Art Kampala

We have short memories here. Part of it is self-preservation and desensitization, how else do you explain reading about our money being misappropriated and stolen every single day in the newspaper and feeling nothing?

We have had a long and bloody time in our short history as an independent nation and therefore it is necessary to re-forget every day that our President is a war criminal, that our cabinet is full of thieves. That way we don’t have to consider our own role in creating, nurturing and enabling these leaders we choose every election cycle.

Because there are levels of war criminals and degrees of genocide and there is distance between me and you and Kampala and Gulu and Kigali and Darfur and Port au Prince and the Bronx and time does not heal all wounds but we keep going anyway.

Chimamanda Adichie, who reminds us that when it comes to Africa Many Stories Matter, has a short story collection called The Thing Around Your Neck, my favourite of which is The Headstrong Historian. It tells the story of Nwambga, a widow who protects herself from her in-laws by giving her son to be educated in the ways of white missionaries, and her granddaughter who grows up to write a reclamationist history of Nigeria.  I love this story because how many African stories are blessed with the continuity of both pre and post-colonial history. How many of us know the multigenerational epic that is our own family history?

If the damage that colonialism did to our history can be compared to complete retrograde amnesia , then not only must we go back and relearn our past, we have to keep reminding ourselves of the present. We must force ourselves to see the malnourished kids on Jinja road as if seeing them for the first time. Art has a role to play in making us see and feel the same images again, differently.

Remember this image?

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Dying to be men

From Johannesburg-based Zimbabwean artist and activist Kudzanai Chiurai

Minister of Defence

Chiurai’s portraits imagine an African cabinet that is at once provocative, modern, and hilarious even as it traffics in painful stereotypes, while speaking volumes about the current state of African political structures.

Minister of Finance

I LOVE IT

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The Old Guard

AFRICAN LEADERS

Abdulai Wade (Senegal) – 83years
Hosni Mubarak ( Egypt ) – age 82
Robert Mugabe ( Zimbabwe ) – age 86
Hifikepunye Pohamba ( Namibia ) – age 74
Rupiah Banda ( Zambia) – age 73
Mwai Kibaki ( Kenya) – age 71
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ( Liberia ) – age 75
Colonel Gaddafi (Libya) – age 68
Jacob Zuma (South Africa) – age 68
Bingu Wa Mtalika – age 76.

Average Age: – 75.6
Approximately 76 years
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THE FIRST WORLD

Barrack Obama (USA) – age 48
David Cameron (UK) – age 43
Dimitri Medvedev (Russia) – age 45
Stephen Harper (Canada) – age 51
Julia Gillard (Australia) – age 49
Nicolas Sarkozy (France) – age 55
Luis Zapatero (Spain) – age 49
Jose Socrates (Portugal) – age 53
Angela Merkel ( Germany ) – age 56
Herman Van Rompuy ( Belgium ) – age 62

Average Age: 51.1 ~
Approximately 51 years

 

 

 

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MP utters sense, shocks nation

By our reporter

Journalists were yesterday shocked during a parliament session when an otherwise harmless member of parliament uttered a statement that haboured traces of intelligence. According to several reliable sources the incident happened at exactly 0807hours GMT.

The scene of the dreadful incident

The unprecedented incident caused mayhem for several hours before joint CIA and Uganda police forces were called in to restore calm and order. Because of the shock, one of the witnesses was rushed to Mulago hospital after suffering a near-fatal stroke.

“I’ve been a journalist for twenty years now I tell you but I’ve never seen anything like this. Me am telling you,” a journalist was heard saying. Other witnesses claimed it was only a prank and there was nothing to be afraid of while others thought it was a sign that the world was ending soon. “I think he has a demon. This nation needs prayers,” another MP was quoted.

Reactions about the MP in question were mixed though several of his fellow MPs were mostly negative about the incident.

“It is very unconstitutional. That man has been my friend for many years now but I’ve never seen him acting like this. That was very unethical of him and I think this nation deserves a public apology,” said the representative for Sibafaako North, Hon. John-Bosco Pilawo.

Another MP who preferred anonymity but told us his name was Slumber Yebase also expressed bitterness. “Very bad I tell you. Such things will ruin this country’s political future if they are not curbed early enough. He never said anything, he always dozed with admirable dedication and with that kind of attitude to his work, we even thought he would become the next speaker of this honourable house. He should be suspended immediately.”

However, Chogam Fandizi, Youth MP for Nalyasente East was of a different opinion. “I think this will be good for our economy. I don’t know how but I know it will be good,” he said adding that the said MP would be thrown out and the salaries of those left will consequently be increased. “Which is good,” he added. “Very good for us and for this country but mostly for us.”

CIA analyst Names McGood was baffled saying that it was a major science breakthrough. We’ve excavated and studied remains of previous forms of this kind of thing…person, sorry, without much success. This marks the first form of intelligence in a Ugandan parliament. We’ll continue studying it…him until we know for sure that there’s some intellect in that house.

Waaa: The president refuses to believe any such thing happened in his country

submitted by (or hijacked from) Erique

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“Whatever cry we cry is not heard outside of here”

By our reporter

Journalists were yesterday shocked during a parliament session when an otherwise harmless member of parliament uttered a statement that haboured traces of intelligence. According to several reliable sources the incident happened at exactly 0807hours GMT.

The unprecedented incident caused mayhem for several hours before joint CIA and Uganda police forces were called in to restore calm and order. Because of the shock, one of the witnesses was rushed to Mulago hospital after suffering a near-fatal stroke.

“I’ve been a journalist for twenty years now I tell you but I’ve never seen anything like this. Me am telling you,” a journalist was heard saying. Other witnesses claimed it was only a prank and there was nothing to be afraid of while others thought it was a sign that the world was ending soon. “I think he has a demon. This nation needs prayers,” another MP was quoted.

Reactions about the MP in question were mixed though several of his fellow MPs were mostly negative about the incident.

“It is very unconstitutional. That man has been my friend for many years now but I’ve never seen him acting like this. That was very unethical of him and I think this nation deserves a public apology,” said the representative for Sibafaako North, Hon. John-Bosco Pilawo.

Another MP who preferred anonymity but told us his name was Slumber Yebase also expressed bitterness. “Very bad I tell you. Such things will ruin this country’s political future if they are not curbed early enough. He never said anything, he always dozed with admirable dedication and with that kind of attitude to his work, we even thought he would become the next speaker of this honourable house. He should be suspended immediately.”

However, Chogam Fandizi, Youth MP for Nalyasente East was of a different opinion. “I think this will be good for our economy. I don’t know how but I know it will be good,” he said adding that the said MP would be thrown out and the salaries of those left will consequently be increased. “Which is good,” he added. “Very good for us and for this country but mostly for us.”

CIA analyst Names McGood was baffled saying that it was a major science breakthrough. We’ve excavated and studied remains of previous forms of this kind of thing…person, sorry, without much success. This marks the first form of intelligence in a Ugandan parliament. We’ll continue studying it…him until we know for sure that there’s some intellect in that house.

submitted by (or hijacked from) Erique

You can read more of his searing insights and bollockry here

You might also like:

The cocacola-isation of Waving Flag

eh eh eh eh!

“Whatever cry we cry is not heard outside of here”