The bands that played were Amadou and Mariam, Mapumba, and Hip Hop Pantsula (from the North West province). Amadou & Mariam are a blind loving couple from Mali that had us dancin' dancing' madly on our exhausted feet till 2am. Their most recent album is produced by Manu Chao.
I need to get to Newtown more. I miss that place & its mad diversity.
I bought Mapumba's album on my way out the door. He is from the DRC. In the CD cover he has the following piece which I really enjoyed:
like every universal being. we all live for moments
moments of rise. moments raise. moments of shine. moments of finality
but i tell you now if i was a fly, i would fly the highest heights
until my seven days run out. and if i was the sun,
i would shine and make sure the furthest planet in the galaxy
remembers who i was, when my millions of light years run out. and if i am human,
i'm gonna make sure i feel for real,
smile for real, dance for real and most definitely love for real
so help me soul
welcome to my dream