Sunday, December 21, 2008

Habib Koite, Malaria and More

I have been a fan of Habib Koite and his band Bamada since I heard this great song several years ago. I don't know the meaning of the word "wassiye" but through the music it conveys to me a sense of something one longs for. Perhaps a person, a place or a state of being. I have also included the recorded version; mostly for my own listening, as when I get re-hooked on this song; I want to listen to it over and over again.

I don't know now in what order I placed the videos and the jukebox in this post but one of the videos is of Habib Koite talking about the malaria epidemic in Africa; something I was enlightened to only very recently by a blogger I was introduced to by my dear friend Dianne at Forks Off The Moment. His name is Maithri. Check out his his incredible, inspirational blog The Soaring Impulse.

And if in lieu of giving that one extra gift to someone who may already be getting many, you want to send a donation to a great cause, check out Malaria No More. If you contribute now, you donation will be doubled.


  1. This is very good music! Thanks for the links. I have a few CD's of African music and it always speaks to me.

    Thanks for the visit. Yes, Rockwell is becoming more adored by many. For some reason, his art was always put down by the "experts", but I think now we are seeing that his expertise was not only in his ability to draw accurately, but his ability to tell a story in a way that anyone could understand.

  2. I absolutely agree. And his version of America, especially from his doorstep in Stockbridge, is accurate. If you've ever been to Stockbridge! It's a beautiful town. I must get over there and take pictures, in fact! Thanks for the inspiration to do so, Judy!

    Peace to you and yours this Christmas. I celebrate Solstice which Christmas is a version of. Oh, whatever! lol Have a great time!


  3. Happy Winter Solstice!

    I had heard of the efforts to buy nets to fight malaria before, but when I read Maithri's blog post it really brought it home to me. Haven't had a chance to listen to your music yet,but will soon.

  4. I think you will like it, Bobbie. I was aware of the malaria crisis, of course, but I'd put it out of my mind. With so many things going on, it's hard to keep up with it all.

    Malaria is something we can prevent. It's only poverty and politics that prevent it and lack of money. I have given to charities and causes this year instead of gifts and this is one of the causes I chose. Also my local food bank and a local effort that uses funds to buy warm coats for needy kids. It just feels so good to do this!

  5. My dear friend,

    I am humbled by your compassion and awed by this beautiful music...

    I love african rhythms and instrumentation.... Absolutely beautiful,

    Thank you for raising your voice for justice,

    It will call fire from the skies

    I believe....

    With love, Maithri


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