I won an 18-CD boxed set! Africa – 50 Years of Music

Afropop.org had the contest.

Here’s the description:

Africa – 50 Years of Music (Sterns Africa, 2010) might be one of the most comprehensive compilation of African music ever compiled. The 18 volume boxed set collects 182 classic recordings by 182 key artists from 39 countries and covers the length and breadth of the entire African continent. The artists include universal stars such as Miriam Makeba, Fela Kuti, Youssou N’Dour, Franco, Cheb Khaled, Cesaria Evora, Mahmoud Ahmed, Salif Keita, Manu Dibango and Umm Kulthum.

The tracks, licensed from some of the world’s most respected record companies, are all original studio recordings or famous concert performances. Most of them were made in the 50 years from 1960 to 2010 – the era of African independence – but two landmark Egyptian classics date from the 1940s.

Many of these songs are known and loved worldwide: ‘Pata Pata,’ ‘Soul Makossa,’ ‘Yeke Yeke,’ ‘Sweet Mother,’ ‘Mario,’ ‘Shakara,’ ‘Jive Soweto.’ Others will be revelations to even the most dedicated record collectors.

The deluxe boxed set includes a 76-page bi-lingual booklet with photographs, record-cover reproductions, specially-commissioned artwork and essays by experts on each of Africa’s popular styles.

That’s a $140.00 set with 2 5-star rave reviews on Amazon!

My son will be studying geography this semester and I told him that I think he’ll be able to pick almost any (or any?) country in Africa and hear a song from there in this CD set. That’s pretty cool, huh? A mini-music library with highlights from each place. I have always thought that it’s much easier and more fun to learn geography if you learn about the culture of the countries. Music is great that way because the music from neighboring countries often sounds similar enough so that you can remember they are close together. In the case of Africa, the languages of the music help to learn about the history of the country. I already own a lot of African music, but my son doesn’t know which thing is from where, and it would be much easier for him to use the boxed set.

Afro-Pop grab bag

AfroPop.org just posted a new fundraising plan where they send you a free CD if you donate $20.  http://blog.afropop.org/2010/10/help-afropop-and-get-cd.html. I just did and hope I get a really great CD!

Looking around the office, we noticed a large assortment of awesome CD’s that we weren’t sure what to do with. So, we grabbed them all and tossed them into our now overflowing “Awesome Afropop Grab Bag Box.” Who’s doing the grabbing, you ask? After much discussion, we’ve decided to give the CD’s to our fans because we love you so much (you rock, for real).

…either donate $20 or introduce 10 friends to Afropop by getting them to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our eNewsletter.

Now for the twist!

The next 100 Afropop fans to donate $20 or more to the campaign will get a free CD (or gift card) drawn at random from our really really eclectic, “Awesome Afropop Grab Bag Box.” You won’t know which CD you’re going to get, and frankly, we won’t either. Kind of exciting, huh?

AfroPop is a great organization for anyone who is interested in music from the African diaspora (which includes the Americas).  I highly recommend the site.  They are beginning to do more with streaming and videos so that those outside the New York area can listen at any time.

Susmitha and Vishal’s movie picks

Here is the ever popular list of movies recommended by Susmitha.  I have not seen them all yet, I’m still working my way through them.  Vishal has added a few recommendations as well.

Update: Vishal added more recommendations so I changes the title of this post.

  • 3 idiots (Recommended by both Susmitha and Vishal)
  • Ghajini
  • Taare Zameen Par
  • Fanaa
  • Rang De Basanti
  • Sarfarosh
  • Akele Hum Akele Tum
  • Andaz Apna Apna
  • Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
  • Qayamat Se Qayamat tak
  • Amma, Naanna, O Tamil Ammayi
  • Athadu
  • Bommarillu
  • Nuvvostanante Ne Vaddantana
  • Pokiri
  • Happy Days
  • Varsham
  • Magadheera (I love this! Make sure you get subtitles)
  • Leader
  • Jhoota Hi Sahi
  • Prashthanam
  • Aakasamantha
  • Sholay (this classic is western with horse stunts and gun fights)
  • Satya
  • Ghulam
  • Company
  • Sarkar
  • Yuva
  • Fiza
  • Dhoom (great motorcycle chases)
  • Khalnayak
  • Baazigar
  • Fanaa
  • Shiva
  • Viruddh
  • Lakshya
  • Karma
  • Lagaan
  • RAAZ Cast:Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea (too scary for me)
  • Mr India
  • Koi mil gaya
  • Krish(sequel of Koi mil gaya)
  • Paheli
  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (my recommendation, I love that song)
  • Maast (my recommendation)
  • Main hoon na (my recommendation)
  • My Name is Khan (Vishal’s recommendation)
  • Paa (Vishal’s recommendation)
  • Kurbaan (Vishal’s recommendation)
  • Love Aaj kal (Vishal’s recommendation)
  • Patiala house (Vishal’s recommendation)
  • Tanu Weds Manu (Vishal’s recommendation)
  • No one Killed Jessica – based on true story..serious movie but a good one..warning : some harsh language used in the movie … (Vishal’s recommendation)
  • Band Baaja Baarat (Vishal’s recommendation)
  • Break ke Baad (Vishal’s recommendation)
  • Guzaarish – well made movie , a serious movie once again, story actor suffers from Paraplegia and he files petition in court for mercy killing… (Vishal’s recommendation)