Are we really educated?

I know what we all think about being educated. But never forget that even if your wall at home, your office is full of those diplomas. We still need to build up experience,how to deliver the knowledge. I feel and see arrogance sometimes around me such that the so called educated isolate themselves from the crowd that actually need to know and learn. In the end you find the so called educated discussing on their own competing and sadly enough the one that needs the education are still waiting and being neglected. We need to be careful not to forget to make a chart where all those expensive words are broken down. Even though we all know that ignorance is choice in times on internet. Not everyone has the access and not to forget that not everyone has knowledge on how and where to search Example. Not everyone knows the difference between evolution,revolution,reformation,activism and culturalism not to forget politics. Sometimes you read or hear about missionaries and colonists. A good idea to know whether there is a difference.

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Why we should not mix politics and music

I think we are all making one mistake trying to separate, compare and divide musicians. Music is something we grew up listening to. Music is something that sounds nice in our ears.
Due to lack of knowledge when it comes to music, we tend to think that music is personal and that music sound in a certain way. Therefore start political discussions in order to judge who plays better and who sounds better.
Have you ever noticed that musicians and artists can communicate worldwide? Have you ever seen how much they speak through instruments and understand what’s being said without lyrics or words?
Speaking of experience, I have been to different types of concerts, from reggae music to jazz. There in between you will find hippop, shangara, bira, jiti, rock, hardrock, alternative, blues., soul, salsa, and enough that you can imagine of.
When I listen to Hugh Masekela, Meriam Makeba, Ochestra Baobab, Kassav, Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, and then to discover that all these people know one another, for example the group called Bueno Vista Social Club.
Take for example, Juluka and Don Gumbo. If you want to know that there used to be a group called Ilanga, and Chinx, and a group called Soul brothers.

Guys, I can write a book, but I would like to remind you that you cannot separate musicians just because you lack knowledge of your history.
Do you remember when Bob Marley went to Zimbabwe? Do you remember when Paul Simon played with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Harare together with Merian Makeba and Hugh Masekela? Do you know the reason why they had to play in Zimbabwe? Is it the moment when they made the Album Graceland? Do we know?
When it comes to Mtukudzi Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited whom I saw in Amsterdam in 1999 or 97 in Melkweg and Mtukudzi once in Stratford and then in Utrecht. As a Zimbabwean, I have so much respect when one has respect for our culture, what we call kutendeka, in what they eat, what they wear, and what they play. I speak from experience of having stayed in Europe for a long time but refusing to be indoctrinated, still have managed to learn the Western music, and culture. I feel rich because I have managed to maintain my own African culture, you can only appreciate more of yourself after you have opened up to a different world and in this case its music. I have been to a Metallica concert dressed like the way those people do. A different world to when you visit a concert played by a Bach imitator, classic.
Music is all universal and if you have ever known, the musicians worldwide respect Africans very much. The reason being the handmade instruments and most music that originated from Africa.
I know one thing that both of them travelled through out the world and have once played with other musicians. Internet is full of information and history.
Never limit yourself to one type of music because you will be surprised to see that even David Gilmore from Pink Floyd and Roger Waters have beautiful African sisters as vocalists. Listen to the album Division Bell. Or The Wall. Who still remembers the Beatles, PEPE KALE, Papa Wemba, Kanda Bongo Man.

I have been to a concert of @Queen played by Brian May, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, REM, @Radiohead, KASSAV’ Pinkfloyd, Pearl Jam, Paul Simon Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Chiwoniso Maraire, Hugh Masekela,U2, Mark Knopfler, Songhoy Blues Sona Jobarteh, Metallica, Habib Koite, Mokoomba, Stella Chiweshe & Michele Longo “official” Skunk Anansie Supertramp, Mamadou Diabate, ochestra baobab, Ibrahim FerrerFerrer, James Brown

And of course many other artists. I have been isolated in The Netherlands for 24 years now such that I have come to learn something about how Artist travel from African to Western countries. There is lack of support from Africans for African music and musicians. It’s something that has come to my attention that we as a people need to learn to work together and value who we are.
Because if organisations like Afrika festival, we manage to see some African groups and musicians, but can they afford to fill up a theater? The question stays there for now. This will be continued,……

Humans practicing Empathy, all women connected

I was busy writing this short blog since this morning, also because I wouldn’t like to let this day go unnoticed. Everything goes through my head when I think mainly of a woman who brought me here in this world. Unforgettable! Indispensable, yet she’s gone. She lives in me and in my children. This woman I mention almost every day. This woman has lived in her years when women were not yet liberated but she fought hard that her daughters became who they are now. Anyway, of course I don’t want to talk only about me.

Last years were not easy at all. I have realized that we meet people for a reason. That’s why you that people may come into your life for a shorter period. Some stick around despite the fact that you sometimes say openly things that may bring people into thinking depending on the level of thinking and receiving the particular message/

These people are:

Moms,

Ladies,

Pregnant women,

Girls,

Single moms,

Grandma’s,

Aunts,

Mother-in Laws.

Between all these ladies there are many who would like to have a baby, many who have already given birth and enough trying to find balance between work and family. Between all those ladies also enough who don’t have children for various reasons. Still women. They fight for a second child, they fight for their relationship to work out, fight for friendship or family ties. I can appoint anything but I don’t know any better than I what I have already experienced.  I’m learning a lot! I’m not perfect myself! I’m glad to get to know all these women. I thought I needed someone to sympathize with me because I don’t have a mother or mother-in-law knocking at my door to ask how I feel or take the kids for some hours. No, the grass is never  greener at the neighbors. I thought  my situation was worse when I  got 3 Cesareans, but then turns out that friend hasn’t been able to breast-feed because of cancer or Aids.

Life is complicated and we women do not make it easy for ourselves and certainly not for others. There are things that  can be difficult to release and that is also different per woman. Over the last few years, I’ve only been coming across strong, driven women. I have also learnt that not everyone necessarily has to walk up your alley, as long as you  respect one another, you will see that it works for you too. Keep stimulating each other! Give each other a lot, correct each other where it goes wrong and don’t gossip behind the back. Help each other improve relationships with our men and children and not destroy. Unfortunately, this is also the case.

My concern this year and the next few years is when we are actually going to behave differently, eat or feel because we like to lose weight. Because someone has ever determined a size clothing as an ideal. However, I found out that healthy are not necessarily slim. Everything has its own extreme sides and everything that’s too much is not good. Hopefully, we’ll manage to find the balance and be happy. Punt.

Love you all!

Thanks to ladies who participated and participated in the babycarryworkout this year during the negenmaandenbeurs! You were so good! I’m very grateful to get to know you guys. Your children have been allowed to meet and you entrusted me to share these vulnerable moments with you. That is nice to be able to be twice a week with people where you can easily discuss female inconveniences and comforts and make a nice family life at home.

Happy International Women’s day. Just showing my appreciation to all women have met so far, women I have learnt a lot from and women who guide me in difficult moments and years! Not forgetting to mention my own mom who made it happen, a woman whom we cannot live without but no longer there

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