Up Front

December 31,2004

Positive Thinking

December 27,2004

Dylan Documentary

December 24,2004

Olu Dara

November 28,2004

{ previous }

Olu Dara

November 28,2004

Olu Dara is bottled sunshine. His roots may be in a small country town called Natchez, just on the Mississippi side of the border with Louisiana, but his music is much more difficult to locate. Snatches of Africa shine through a pure blue Caribbean sky. New York sophistication mingles with the delta blues of Olu Dara’s musical apprenticeship.

Peter Barakan, the Tokyo broadcaster and music buff, brought him to my attention a couple of years ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. Olu Dara spent most of his musical career backing other musicians and only released his first CD (In The World:From Natchez to New York) in 1998, just before turning sixty. This was followed by Neighborhoods in 2001. Try In The World first. It’s a gem of rhythm and joy. The song Your Lipsis a personal favorite. The man is dynamite in concert. Don’t miss him if you get the chance. And play him at home when you’re feeling down.


Bons mots et mauvais mots by the famous and not so famous

{ More }