Saturday, October 15, 2011

Waka Waka - Golden Sounds Feat Shakira

Waka Waka - Golden Sounds Feat Shakira by Dj Coumarène Still working on the Vuvuzela article, but I came across this mash-up that brings together the Golden Sounds original with Shakira's more recent version of Zangalewa, now knows as Waka Waka.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Vuvuzela Harmonics

I'm busy finishing up the follow-up article to my Soccer and Society World Cup article, and came across this gem on Wikipedia. Yes, it is possible to produce overtones on a vuvuzela, apparently.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

25 years since Graceland

This Google News article reminded me how when I first came to New York Paul Simon's Graceland album gave me a sort of sonic anchor to South Africa. Ironically I hadn't listened to it that much in South Africa, but I had grown up with Paul Simon's music in my ears, and this album, at least in part because of its significance in my field, helped me feel grounded when I was getting to know this huge new city. It really worked for me to listen to music that was simultaneously from New York and South Africa. I listen to the album less often now, not least because of all the Karen Zoid I continually have in my ears, but when I do hear a little Graceland it gives me a particular somatic memory of travel, newness, learning, and the earlier days of this blog.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Marching to Pretoria and some afrikaans song archives

I was just searching for some information on the South African song "Marching to Pretoria", and found this database of Afrikaans folk songs with really excellent midi files. I haven't yet checked, but I think they're all from the FAK Sangbundel.
Also, I found it through this discussion board, with a fascinating conversation on "Marching to Pretoria". Thanks to "Q" for the link.
Another poster, "Flatint" posted a transposition of the lyrics of a song that sounds different but has a similar title, "Marching on Pretoria", and searching for that lead me to this poster's database of rare South African recordings. This is quite an amazing archive, and represents an incredible collection.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Why Fifa's ban of the Iranian soccer team is anti-feminist

I haven't blogged in ages, because I had a bit of a computer crash in March, and have been struggling to catch up ever since. But I finally seem to be back on track.
So first post now that I'm back is this analysis on Fifa's decision to ban the Iranian women's national soccer team from competing because their uniforms include hijabs and full-body tracksuits. As the author pointed out, Sep Blatter, who enacted this ban, recently suggested that the solution to promoting women's soccer would be having the players wear tight hot pants rather than the conventional shorts. Not giving them more air-time, better promotions deals and increased visibility. Hot pants. I think the solution would be replacing the idiot president of Fifa, but what do I know.
I believe fervently that modesty legislation or even just recommendations construct women as victims and men as perpetrators, and thus perpetuate sexual violence and discrimination. But when I was in high school, having to wear a skirt that left a good amount of my leg exposed, and was capable of blowing or flipping up an inopportune moment was a real source of anxiety to me, and a hindrance to free movement. Under some circumstances, choosing to cover up our bodies is as much a matter of comfort and practicality as choosing to uncover them at other times, and attempting to legislate uncovering when their really is no justifiable practical reason, like this, is sexual harassment.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Karen Zoid

I'm a member of a wonderful yarn craft online community, Ravelry, and recently someone on one of the boards I read was looking for suggestions for girl-power songs. I posted Karen's "Do What You Do" from her most recent album, and it was quite a hit! And in the process I discovered that Terms and Conditions is finally available on iTunes and
Also, there are a couple of new articles about Karen that I wanted to link to here. I think I may soon also start a separate "regularly updated" post to put everything about her in one place.
Article from the Saturday Star
Karen is on the Front Page of The Big Issue

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Disharmonious Honking of the Vuvuzelas: Homogenization and Difference in the Production and Promotion of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa

My Soccer and Society article is finally out! I'm not certain exactly when it came out, which is a bit unusual, but It's out, and can be purchased (or accessed through a university library with a Taylor and Francis subscription) from this website. Or you can see the whole issue here. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the issue!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Publishing online

There was a fairly active discussion recently on the Society for Ethnomusicology List-serv about online publication, specifically of dissertations and theses. I wrote a lot when I first started this blog about why I think online publishing and open access are a good idea, and I still feel quite strongly that that is preferable for most of the work we as academics do (I think there are exceptions to that). I'm also reviving some of that for an article I'm working on about online research.
In this post, though, I wanted to link to Victor Grauer's new book, Sounding the Depths: Tradition and the Voices of History which he is publishing as a blog. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this unfolds, and in particular what interactions he gets.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Lady Gaga not quite covers

I taught a class on the music of New York over the summer, and had so many requests for a class on Lady Gaga that I just had to oblige. It was a very funny class. But these spoof videos are funnier. I'm posting the original before each of the spoofs, just in case you haven't seen it before.

Monday, January 31, 2011


I missed this several weeks ago when it came out, but it's so funny I just had to post it. I love Zapiro.

Friday, January 28, 2011

A bull in winter

Everyone needs a sweater in this cold weather


I love creative yarn-crafters! Good job Olek.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Waka Waka

Before I left for South Africa I posted a few youtube videos from music I had referred to in my Society for Ethnomusicology world cup paper. Here are some additional related links.
The story of Waka Waka as told by Scribbles from the Den.
Zangalewa, the song Waka Waka is based on

WFMU Beware of the Blog has a great post about searching for the origins of this song, including numerous links to versions from all over the world.

I got all these links through the IASPM email list. Thanks to everyone who posted. I'm speaking on this topic at the IASPM conference in Grahamstown in June/July.