Someone thought African women weren’t getting the same chance to play music as the men, so these young girls were provided with instruments and tuition, with pretty good results. The girls of Star Feminine Band were brought up and live in Natitingou, a remote town in the north of Benin, West Africa. Aged between 10 and 17 years, the girls had never touched a guitar or drumkit before they met in 2016. But what about their music, you say? A lively mix of Garage Rock, Highlife and Congolese Rumba was how Gilles Peterson described them when he played a track on his Saturday radio show. A few UK DJs have picked up on them. Loads of energy there and it sounds like they’re having a lot of fun.
Ok, you probably all know this by now, but just in case you’re a sad sack like me and have somehow managed to miss all the announcements, emails, pigeon post etc I’m here to tell you that they are back. Possibly the most Afterword friendly TV show so far has returned to our screens and I for one am excited. Hurrah!
A bit of fun to brighten up a dull and dreary Friday. Although it’s been around for a while, I hadn’t seen this, so maybe you haven’t either. It made me cry tears of joy – and I love Apple
Hi all. You may have seen me here and there on the afterword posting little comments and participating in the odd discussion but nothing thread-worthy had occurred to me – that is until now. I’m listening to a lot of hip-hop at the moment so I’m used to grabbing words as they go past quickly but I must say this song and its accompanying video are something else. It’s word after word after word in the most straightforward logical way I’m sure that can possibly be imagined. I can’t take full credit for discovering this as it was sent to me by my enthusiastic dad (his hit rate is usually about 2 out of 5 for me) who is a big fan of the artist concerned. If you can think of any music that uses words as oddly and nicely as this does, I’d love to hear suggestions!