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[bialystocker, 12 October 1976]
African Elements

African Elements

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Here are 15 minutes of an Ifa ceremony recorded in Ile-Ife in 1975

(more available on request)
4.21.2005 2:52pm
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And here are excerpts from the Liturgica Bwiti of the Fang people of Gabon from The Hotel Breslin tapes. The principal sacrament of Bwiti is the root-bark of the shrub, Tabernanthe iboga, which grows in a narrow equatorial belt that passes through the southern part of Cameroun and Gabon. Both the iboga bark and its purified, primary psychoactive alkaloid, ibogaine, have very remarkable properties, as can be discovered here.
4.25.2005 9:49pm
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Here are two paintings and an album cover

Ifa Divination, by Z.K. Oloruntoba. Painted in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1971, and given to me by Z.K., in the Prince Street loft of Ornette Coleman in 1974. Meeting Z.K. was the immediate cause of my spending so many years in Africa and in being blessed with my three children.
Cover of The Coleman's album, BodyMeta (1975)

A work entitled, The Goddess Oshun, by a compadre of Z.K.'s, Twins 77 (Ibeji Meji Meji, in Yoruba) that was painted in Oshogbo, Nigeria in 1978, not that long after Twins performed Tara's baptism in the waters of the grove of Oshun, and for which Oshogbo is known throughout the worlds, in 1976. Twins gave it to me in NY in 1985 on his way to an exhibition in Houston.

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These paintings come under the heading of Precious Possessions, 43.1, 43.2
5.29.2005 7:43am
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Resonant Images

The conversation with Michael Harold, which caused the paintings of ZK and Twins 77 to arrive in the 'White City' when they did, is briefly described in the Comments to Celestial Cymbals for Charles Moffett. However, the reason we even began to talk abt Ornette Coleman and Nigerian painters, and with one thing leading to another, eventually abt Willie Hoppe, and three cushion billiards and his father (all of which is explained in the Comments thread to CC), was because the cover of Red Moon (one of "The Four Books" of Michael Harold - see Comments to Shemesh Reshuffled for the complete quartet) is a painting by Michael G. Moore.

Here are two paintings (with catalog notes) from MGM that constitute further proof artists speak to each other in timeless eternities.

Viciosos - 62 inches x 62 inches (157.48 centimeters x 157.48 centimeters) Acrylic on Canvas, 2005. I did this painting as a tribute to my experience of being bitten by a dog in Mexico. I underwent rabies treatments when I returned to the States. Now I have a wonderful scar on my leg to add to my other body modifications.

Sleeping - 69 inches x 59 inches (175.26 centimeters x 149.86 centimeters) Acrylic on Canvas, 2005. I think I am at my best when I am sleeping, and my waking life is only an extension of my dream world.
5.29.2005 10:35am
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On Friday, May 27, the world's finest disseminator of real music via the aethyr-waves, Doug Shulkind at WFMU in NJ, began his morning three hours with this menage of popular and traditional Yoruba rhythms and melodies from Twins 77 and the artists and musicians of Oshogbo, recorded in 1989 in Tokyo.
5.29.2005 10:38am
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from The Pastor's Desk, July 28, 2002

The pastor is Dr. Edward Scott, Professor of Philosophy at Mary Baldwin College, and once a visiting lecturer at the University of Calabar in Cross River State, Nigeria, where we met in 1981.

Why i thought of this today could "fill whole volumes in folio", but the most immediate cause was the

North of This Border Memorial Day Memory from Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Coleman Hawkins, Eric Dolphy, Mal Waldron, Booker Little, Julian Priester, Art Davis and Walter Benton

that is centerstage on the homepage today.

This webpage provides some mostly forgotten accompaniment to Abbey and Max's unforgettable song.
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The photograph that accompanies the words of Dr. Scott is an untreated one of a reasonably rare atmospheric event called a 'sundog', or more technically a parhelios. This one was probably caused by melting ice on Popo
5.30.2005 3:16pm
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Death's Gonna Straighten All You Members When He Comes


It was sent to Edward around the same time as the strange and beautiful sky image. He was 'extremely surprised' by the lyrics, and we laughed about the consternation it would cause his choir should he suggest they learn it.
5.30.2005 7:20pm
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i wonder how many passing their Memorial Day north of this border actually know its origins, and therefore the exact relevance of the musical and other additons to the White City today?

The excerpt below is from the Memorial Day webpage of David Merchant.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
5.30.2005 7:22pm
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Mostly in Spanish (The Myth of Aids in Africa)

In 1988, i did an interview with Drew Hopkins for Cityweek magazine in NY after returning from a WHO-sponsored trip to several west African research institutes and universities to evaluate their suitability for a biotechnology innovation grant program for which i was responsible. i no longer have, nor have i yet been able to obtain, a copy of the original. But this morning, i found an excellent Spanish translation on the net that is hyperlinked above.

i am especially fond of this interview since it states and rebuts, a decade before you heard them on cnn etc, and very clearly all the myths about the deadly virus and the dark continent.

whenever i do obtain the english text, i will add it here.
6.18.2005 12:37am
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Ifa Casts A Long Shadow

All the way to the Acropolis according to Martin Bernal in "Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization. Volume I: The Fabrication of Ancient Greece 1785–1985" (Rutgers University Press, 1987).
7.2.2005 11:46am
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The Wrappers of Egungun

This poem was first published in Tarasque II, edited by Jim Burbank and Sharon Niederman, in 1985.

The text from the Ifa Divination Corpus rendered in the poem was translated for me from the Yoruba by a Babalao in Ile -Ife in 1978 for 3 chickens and a goat.

It is also a perfect bridge to the map hyperlinked here.
7.3.2005 3:14pm
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The Emeralds and the Cave of Ayesha
10.26.2005 2:00pm
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