Lionel Loueke is every bit as amazing as everyone says. The Benin-born guitarist, who has been a presence on the international jazz scene for the last decade or so, is currently making the leap to headliner status with his first major-label album, "Karibu" (Blue Note), as well as his first starring engagement at a top-shelf New York club, the Blue Note. Mr. Loueke is a dazzling, inventive player who has crafted a fully functional fusion of African music and American jazz. The outer context centered on the tradition of a pre-established melody leading to an improvisation is jazz, and so is the nature of his interactions with his bassist, Massimo Biolcati, and drummer, Ferenc Nemeth. The content itself, however the sound and texture of his instrument is purely African. He also enhances his music with his voice, a kind of performance art that isn't singing or chanting, but combines elements of both with what might be called a saxophone-style slap-tongue … [Read more...] about Three Traditions, One American Week of Jazz
Brazil managed, on Sunday, to do what no one had thought it was capable of doing: It played 90 minutes of totally boring, relentlessly negative soccer. The result, in Brazil's first qualifying game for the 2010 World Cup, was a tedious 00 tie with Colombia. This, mind you, was from a Brazil team that included Kaka and Ronaldinho, two of the most brilliant attacking players in the world. Excuses? Oh yes, there were excuses: This was a road game played at 2,840 yards altitude in Bogota on a rain-soaked field. But these are not factors that would have worried Brazil in the past. For Brazil to play defensively as it so clearly did and to be satisfied with the tie, is something new and disturbing in soccer. The Argentine newspaper Ole admittedly always critical of Brazilian soccer judged Brazil's performance a "fiasco." Brazil's negativity was highlighted by the fact that the team's most outstanding player was its goalkeeper, Julio Cesar. His totally … [Read more...] about Brazil Coach’s New Methods Buck a Tradition of Scoring
Rosh Hashanah, or Jewish New Year, is a two-day celebration which starts on the first day of the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year - also known as Tishrei. The celebration marks the beginning of the civil year according to the teaching of Judaism. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of Sunday, September 29 and will end in the evening of Tuesday, October 1. Rosh Hashanah is the name for the celebration of Jewish New Year and is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. The celebration is the first of what is known as High Holidays or High Holy Days, a ten-day stretch which culminates in Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur begins in the evening of Tuesday, October 8 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, October 9. During Rosh Hashanah, Jews from around the world gather to praise God’s creation of the world. Read More: Yom Kippur meaning: What is Yom Kippur? Can you say Happy Yom Kippur? How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated? Holiday traditions vary around … [Read more...] about Rosh Hashanah 2019: Traditions, greetings, food – How is Jewish New Year celebrated?
Written by Stella Ko, CNNMacao Many of Asia's biggest cities owe their skylines to long bamboo poles that allow construction workers to climb to great heights. This type of scaffolding has been used for centuries in places like Macao, where two architects are now trying to change local perceptions by transforming the poles into works of art. Rita Machado and João Ó, founders of the design studio Impromptu Projects, have teamed up with local bamboo masters, who are known as "spiders" for their deft and dangerous work on the web-like structures. "We formed a kind of friendship where the masters share their knowledge and we show their work," Machado says. Early uses of bamboo Bamboo has long been used for construction in parts of Asia where it grows plentifully and rivals steel in strength and durability. It grows incredibly quickly -- and up to 8 meters (26 feet) high -- making it a sustainable building material that has endured for centuries. The poles were once used to … [Read more...] about Preserving Macao’s bamboo tradition through sculptural works
Jean's younger brother Brandt Jean was on the witness stand Wednesday, giving a victim-impact statement, when he turned to the judge and made a most unusual request. "I don't know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug, please?" he asked. "I forgive you. And I know if you go to God and ask Him, He will forgive you," Jean told Guyger. "I think giving your life to Christ is the best thing Botham would want for you." This isn't the first time a black victim of violence has offered public forgiveness to the perpetrator. Some relatives of the nine victims in the 2015 Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting publicly forgave killer Dylann Roof just a few days after the massacre. The mother of Walter Scott, an unarmed man who was gunned down by a South Carolina police officer that same year, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that she felt "forgiveness in my heart." But many other black victims, including the mother of Michael Brown , slain in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri, are not so … [Read more...] about Even in times of tragedy, black Americans have a long tradition of forgiveness