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Today visited the talented and lovely Lady J and her charming husband at their home.  I had heard her sing at the ObamaQue last week and just had to have a copy of her cd, “Inspirations.”  We exchanged numbers and after several phone conversations, a meeting date was set. She and her husband were so gracious and we spent time learning about each other discovering that we will be friends for a very long time to come. 

Visit her webpage by clicking on this link and enjoy! 

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In the U.S. we call it “running for office.”  In Haiti, they call it “standing for office.”  So, New York-based (but Haiti born and still citizen) rapper Wyclef Jean, of The Fugees, has announced his intention to stand for president in Haiti’s November 28 election.

What do you think?  Should he run?  Could he win?  It is reported that he has the ability to “mobilise young people and bring worldwide attention to the country.”  Will that be enough to rebuild the country, re-establish the economy and restore the confidence of the people?  

A hurdle that he is said to have to overcome is getting “a waiver of the country’s electoral law that states that a candidate must have spent the previous five years living in the country.”

There are more details and videos on France 24.  Read and let us keep watch as the conversations begin.

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Babatunde

It is amazing how we can forget and then remember, with great fondness, those who have touched our lives in deeply relevant ways. This reminder can be a word, a voice, an event, a sound. In my case, it was the picture to the left.   I was searching the net for international drumming festivals and organizations that would be associated with them.  I found Drums.org where the master Olatunji once served as an advisory board member.  That unforgettable smile so reminds me of my father’s.  It caught my eye and refreshed my memory of this giant. 

As a young woman in love with music, I was captured (at that time) by a gorgeous young man who also played the conga drums. He was the one who introduced me to this master teacher:  Babatunde Olatunji.   With such fond memories, it was with great sadness that I read the next few words: “passed away, Sunday, April 6, 2003, 7:30 am, age of 76.” How amazing! that, in my mind and heart, he was still wearing his earthen suit somewhere making sounds of joy and passion until I read those words.

So that I and others will never forget, I create this memorial space here among my entries and add this most marvelous photo of him in honor of his life, his work, and most of all — his music.  Amazing!

Babatunde Olatunji

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