Street Soundtracks is a project I've just started that looks at taking street music and using it as a soundtrack to images from the very street it's being played on.
It's mobile phone recording of course, but it seems to work. Here I've included the first three videos made on a visit to the UK. You'll see how they develop from the first to the third.
Every Sunday a crowd gathers on the riverbank in Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal, to play music and dance. Nothing more: no alcohol needed, no pro dancers or musicians brought in to entertain. Just the neighbours - young and old (although mostly old) getting together for a shindig.
Recorded on a mobile phone (not gonna tell you which one)
Prompted by the sudden loss of Etran Finatawa founding member, Bagui Bouga, I thought I'd dust off some photos of the band in 2009.
To this day, people still talk about that concert and the video I took on the night doesn't stop shaking because there was no way of standing still.
We're going quite far back to a video I made in 2009. Etran Finatawa are a Nigerien group composed of Tuareg and Wodaabe musicians - something that helps define their place in what is now a very popular genre, Desert Blues.
They've recently released a new album, "Sahara Sessions", which is definitely worth lending an ear to.
The songs on the following video are from their previous album "Desert Crossroads"
Here's a music video I made with Sotho Sounds, a music group from Malealea in Lesotho. We presented this to celebrate the release of their debut album Junk Funk in October 2012. Enjoy!
I've included a translation from the seSotho.
There are horses in the fields.
There are aeroplanes.
Please, please, please,
Don't be sad.
For if she who cares for the orphans is sad,
the children will be in the darkest place.
What will they eat?
The Trust (*Malealea Development Trust*), it is important to help the orphans and the poor,
To build schools,
God help us.
We are alive and we survive.
We are only asking for luck,
And where to get a better life.
God has what we have asked for.
God says that I am weeping.
He should help me to wipe my tears,
And those of the children.
And a little bit of behind the scenes...
Monday morning and what better than a bit of boogie?
Here are two very different dancing clips from the Tshe-tsha Boys and Sotho Sounds respectively.
The Tshe-tsha boys are a dance group from the Shangaan Electro genre - a frenetic, high-powered dance genre from South Africa (recorded at the 2011 Bushfire Festival in Swaziland).
Sotho Sounds are a group I've been working with over the last two years with their own shoulder-jiggling style.
Which do you prefer?
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