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I remember growing up watching this movie about animals that get drunk off marula fruit.

KBC played it again in December during PEV.  There we were, Mzee and I in our little studio apartment watching elephants falling over drunk as the country fell apart outside.

For the first time in a couple of years Mzee and I are hosting Thankgiving at our place.

I LOVE the holidays and being pregnant this year has given me an excuse not to travel and to instead stay home and go overboard. I’m giddy with excitement and anticipation!

First of we’re feeding 16 people!  Ive been planning for months now and I’m ready with a typed up guest list and menu including two turkeys (hoping I can convince Mzee to give one of them the bikini outfit above), massive quantities of side dishes, four pies and peach cobbler etc.

I can’t wait!!

then the next day it will be time to go out and pick out the family christmas tree.  Mzee have a tradition of going to a farm to cut down our own christmas tree.  He usually goes for a modest size one, I go for the largest in the farm, we argue, then settle on one that just barely fits in the ceiling of our place.  I suspect this year will be no different.

I can’t wait though!!

wooohoooooo!! the holidays are here!!!!

A short while ago I discovered Jemimah Thiong’o and my life has never been the same since!

I bought her CD Alinitua on the recommendation of the clerk at Kassanga’s (another fine establishment in support of local artists) and just loved it. Track after track is on point!

Then in January I bought her latest CD Imani which is even better than the first. Again every single track is just on point.

I think her music and voice is of a much higher quality than other Kenyan artists who get all the hype. I feel like there is a class background issue and she doesn’t have the kind of people promoting her that match the high quality of her music. I mean with talent like this, she should really be rivaling the international career of an Oliver Mtukudzi…. And while i’m making the Southern African comparisons, I should mention that, to me, her music is reminiscent of South Africa’s Brenda Fassie who I discovered when i lived in Zimbabwe a while back. I think if she got the right kind of people and money behind her, her talent and career could easily rival those Southern African performers.

My four thumbs up songs from the CD Alinitua are mwenye Baraka, Hakuna, and Mipango ya Mungu. And from Imaniare sina chakujivunia, una mbegu, and Niseme nini.

So if you like Brenda Fassie, check out Thiong’o and you won’t be disappointed!

and if you know where I can get her concert schedule let me know!!

Then of course there is the yard stick: Brenda Fassie! Haki I don’t know what Brenda is saying in this song but the Video is amazing in communicating the tension!

When I was in Kenya over Dec/January this year I bought what I think might be Nonini’s latest CD; Mwisho wa mawazo which is amazing, fantastic, awesome, and genius.

Usually when you buy a cd you resign yourself to the fact that there will be at most three amazing tracks and the rest will be o.k. if you’re lucky. Not with this cd where each of the songs on the CD is a pleasant surprise. My absolute favorites: Love To Party (Featuring Ngoni),

Being the nerd I am, I was driving home yesterday blaring the music fantasizing about teaching a class on the politics of the lyrics of genge music. Wouldn’t it be awesome if one of the local Kenyan universities would let me teach such a class?!

Highlights would include Nonini’s Ngoma Yako which deals with problems with intellectual property, joblessness, gender relations, lack of opportunity, and overall many of the conditions that have been understood to foment the emergence of Mungiki and other such groups. Other tunes to study would include Kumekucha (Featuring Professor J & Q-Chilla) and its discussion of regional co-operation, and social change with intensifying globalization.

Another giddy purchase in January was Mashifta’s “Mashifta classics”: This cd is an inspired Kenyan hybrid of digable planets and The roots. Particularly the Roots’ things fall apart cd. Mashifta classics is a treasure trove starting with the hit “majambazi” which is so rich in analysis of the youth’s perspective of our ‘system ya majambazi’. Others from this amazing cd include V2 Zinazofanza Uende!? with its disillusionment with current socio/politico/economic Kenyan situation and its offering for Kenyan youth, and magazeti maradio matv with its harsh criticism of our media.

O.k. I’m getting carried away so I’ll stop.

Oh, and yeah, what other CDs should I explore for my dream class?

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