Video: When Nelson Mandela danced to an Irish tune in Galway
In 2003, Nelson Mandela visited Ireland when we hosted the Special Olympics. As part of his visit, he travelled to NUI Galway to receive an honorary degree. The Corrs played at an event after the ceremony. Nelson Mandela was, quite literally, first on the dancefloor. He rolled out his trademark dance – known as the…… Continue reading Video: When Nelson Mandela danced to an Irish tune in Galway
Music: Coke Studio session with Saieen Zahoor and Noori
I find this song inspiring. My favourite part comes at 3:10.
Music: Elvis Presley Blues
I heard this song on the radio this lovely morning. The disc jockey said that it is one of the greatest songs ever written by a human being. True story.
Music: One For The Road
Music: Aj Latha Naeeo
Music: Some soul in walking in the sun
Things have been going wrong Long enough to know everything is right Been walking in the dark, long enough to know I finally see the light I’ve been losing long enough to know When I finally won And even a blind man can tell When he’s walking in the sun Cried enough tears to know…… Continue reading Music: Some soul in walking in the sun
Music: Toots and Country Roads
Almost heaven, West Jamaica True ridge mountains Shining Minko River All my friends there Older than those ridge Younger than the mountains Blowin’ like a breeze Country roads take me home To the place I belong West Jamaica, my ol’ momma Take me home country roads I heard her voice In the mornin’ hour she…… Continue reading Music: Toots and Country Roads
Music: Abida Parveen’s ‘Bulleh Shah’
This is a fantastic live performance by a very powerful character. I love how she uses her arms to communicate her expression. I also ask you to follow the lyrics when they appear because they are very beautiful.
Music: Hold My Hand
It is okay to be corny once in a while if it brings out good vibes. It is all about understanding anyways. This song reminds me to reach out to people. To travel with people. To trust people. You should listen to it.
Video: Road-trip to Maghera Beach and Port in Northwest Ireland (Over ‘Orange Sky’ by Alexi Murdoch)
I have finally edited the video that I captured when Mel and I went to visit the areas around Glencolumbkille in Donegal. I decided to use ‘Orange Sky’ by Alexi Murdoch as a backdrop to this short but sweet clip which, I hope, captures the serenity and grandeur of the area. At times the clip moves…… Continue reading Video: Road-trip to Maghera Beach and Port in Northwest Ireland (Over ‘Orange Sky’ by Alexi Murdoch)
Music: Sail Away
Listen carefully. I am interested to hear about your interpretation of this tune. Leave it below and I will share mine.
Music: Iranian tar player at American Islamic Congress iftar on Newbury St. (Boston)
The other night I had the opportunity to attend my second iftar of 2012 at the American Islamic Congress over on Newbury Street in Boston. This was a community iftar (the previous one I attended had the theme of South Asian) that welcomed a graduate student from Northeastern who demonstrated his fine tar skills. The tar is an important and popular…… Continue reading Music: Iranian tar player at American Islamic Congress iftar on Newbury St. (Boston)
Music: Hold on
The lead singer is a powerful woman! I can feel her soul, can you? Totally diggin it. By Alabama Shakes.
Music: Orange Sky
Music video: Anenome
I will never forget the first time I heard this song – over dinner on a brilliant, 11th century château in the southern France countryside.
Fieldwork: The beautiful call to prayer
As part of Journey into America – September 2008 at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I was lucky enough to film right up there.
Personal: The time my Ma and Dad went to Ireland (circa 1980)
My Ma just showed me the journal that she kept along the ride. Notice as well some of the great pictures. My favourite is the one of the two Irish men with the bicycle. Interestingly, my parents visited Trinity College Dublin (where I now teach and research). One of the pictures is where I often…… Continue reading Personal: The time my Ma and Dad went to Ireland (circa 1980)
I Can’t Make You Love Me
Someone You’d Admire
Sour Times by Portishead
A mysterious song here.
West African drummer/singer in Fira, Santorini
I visited this dude every day. I enjoyed sitting and listening to his soothing rhythm.
Greek guitar player outside the Acropolis
I shot this on May 8th on a bright and sunny day in Athens. Of course I tipped him and asked for permission to film.
I’ll Take You There
My jam for the day.
Woman with powerful voice on Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul
Stumbled across this powerful voice on the street while coming home from a night out on the town. Quite impressive, though I can’t translate one word.
Clarinet in an Istanbul stairwell
I was in Istanbul, Turkey for New Years 2012. One evening, whilst staying in a hostel in the ‘Old City’, a few of us were hanging around when a local young man, who happened to be living at the hostel, decided to play us a tune on his clarinet. Notice the slow pace in which…… Continue reading Clarinet in an Istanbul stairwell