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Music the real transporter

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Where do you want to go? Do you have an eagerness to travel unchartered planes of thoughts and consciousness; are you a free spirit with an insatiable willingness to explore all kinds of ubiquitous terrains?  Are you a creative in the quest to stretch your potential for creating?  Or perhaps you are an average Joe from the block merely looking for more…let’s say inspiration?  In one form or another we are all restless souls looking to make some sense of the madness of our world,  nomads in a No-Man’s Land.

The answer to curbing our woes may be in  the soothing sounds of classical music, in the nostalgic nuances of old-school or new-school jazz, in the booming bass of house music and techno music, in the lingering laces of acoustic guitaring, and in ordinary rhyme and rhythm… I’m talking about the language of love and life, the lingua franca of the world. Simply put MUSIC.  There is something uniquely compelling and mystical about music. Music is a transporter, not only can it take you back in time in that it can trigger memories of certain events in the past but it can totally transport you quantum-leap style into the future where you begin to dream and imagine. This is a phenomenon. Music is transcendence like a Star Trek machine trekking people and locking them in experience, a time machine. Word! My many instances of dejavu have oftentimes occurred with some music playing in the background.

So peeps here is my philosophy music provides the soundtrack to our lives and no I didn’t steal this from my drunken uncle. Music is a cipher, a channel of experience where in mysterious way we become caught up in moments. We just get high. For instance Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Barry White and Aretha Franklin as well as Boys 2 Men, Joe Thomas, Brian McKnight, Whitney Houston and Tamia remind me of Sunday afternoons in Ga-rankuwa where growing up as a kid in the mid-90s these fused sounds would permeate the skies of zone three as neighbours would simultaneously play these romantic -and sometimes melancholic- sounds to be fused with the smells of spices as mothers and their daughters cooked up a beautiful storm in the kitchen for the traditional “Sunday lunch”.

The same way in Ga-rankuwa where a Sunday lunch without beetroot was not a real Sunday lunch there is a particular mdala that I would pass while walking back from church sitting on his stoep next to his speaker listening to some so-called deep jazz. My Sunday walks back from church without seeing him were not Sundays! Under the sunny Ga-rankuwa sky I will steal a look at this mdala as he sat cemented like a griot lost in a trance.  Because of music these days a clear in my mind like motion picture on LCD. This is the power of music people.  Music can take you to where television cannot, where teachings cannot, where fiction cannot, where you generic mind will not but where rhythmic, music qualities can. There is something unique to it. When music plays we get lost in states of being or even states of becoming.

As I’m writing this piece Lauryn Hill’s “I Gotta Find Peace of Mind” is playing and she flows: ‘I know it’s possible (to be free)’. I second your thoughts Miss Hill and encore to you who has taken me into many countries through your music, into galaxies and beyond like Buzz Lightyear in his element. So conscious people this is the dealio if you’re looking to free your mind then look around for some good music (any genre) because music that takes you deeper into experience is your transporter to discovery so take the first flight. “If music be the food of love, play on.”

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  • @ Ntibi: hey I think that music, food and love make for a good recipe to good memories and fun livin’. You & ur baby surely now hw to spend ur Sunday afternuns! @ Bea: to my gal & friend, thnk ya hey (* *,)…didnt noe dat u listen 2 Enya her music is haunting, so moving and so melancholic. But I enjoy her as well 🙂

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  • Ms Beatrice

    Finally read ur article,i liked it. Im listening to ”Enya” right now.. and guess my mood…lol.

    To the future Girl.

    Got ur back.

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  • ntibi

    wow music music music gal music is a way of life it has a way a of healn 1’s heart in the most amzn way,music is the soul of me and mababe’s sunday afternoons, we jst love it nice and slow whle we cookn up the storm and chatn over a glass or red wine.as ryt now KEM is playn on my backgrnd DAMN i love this guy’s music mababe even thnks me and kem have a thn goin on i jst think KEM AND ANTHONY HMLTON hve the most amzn voices eva. MUSIC THE WAY OF LIFE FOR REAL.

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  • Hey Bonny thnx 4 the thumbs up! Unbreak my heart say u luv me again *singing*…haha I remember as well hw I wud sing dat song wit so much emotion lol. As 4 hip hop I believe in the spirit that has birthed, where it originated from in th 70s, the spirit of black identity, self-identity & counter-revolution. The underground hip hop heads continue to drive this spirit & that is what makes me kip luvin th music. Word!

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  • Bonny

    Wow sister this is a great article, It evoked alot of memories as I was reading… It reminded me of a time in my life (very young) when I used to know all the lyrics to songs only adults would relate to your “un-break my heart” I mean my heart had never been broken (by a man) but I could almost identify with Tamia (I don’t know why). It’s just amazing how music has healing powers, evokeS anger, make you switch from happyness to melancholy in seconds… I could go on but I’ll just cut it short and say I LOVE MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!

    There is still some really good hiphop out there…we are just not exposed to it since we are being force-fed a whole lot of rubbish by the media.

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  • I like what Alex parker and the band have done. Huge has been dope, (Home-boy) i like me some underground, last emp, ken starr, vinnie paz, to nme a few.

    “i RAP FOR YOU HIM AND HER, DUDE’S IN THE BURB’S, DUDE’S IN THE TOWNSHIPS”

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  • Donald The Neosapien

    underground hiphop ne…used to live on it at some point in my life when I was a lethal mc. I still love it though, I still have my favourites. Canibus, immortal technique, emilio, ken starr, little brother, phonte, huge impakt, mothipa, reason, blackstar, punch and words and many more. I indulge in these once in a while but not too much.

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  • @ Donald…I lyk ur taste in music. I get why u only appreciate a little bit of hip hop. I think it’s because of the type of hip hop being released nowadays. The lyrical content is a laugh at times it’s about bling, kaching and booty…music tantalising 2 the ear but destructive 2 th soul… the beats are dope but the lyrics have no substance, but hey dat’s anoda story for anoda day! But tell me what say u of underground hip hop?

    @ Paul…hey bro u l8ly I’ve seduced by the sounds of Lauryn Hill, Damien Marley, Nas, Tumi and Common as well. These ones both entertain and inspire me.Alicia Keyes is for me the butterfly romantic of R&B. she makes me thinking a lot about love. I also love myself some good old Tracy Chapman,and when the bones are sleeping then I get some deep house to get my appetive for livin on a high! There is some underground ish that is making the rounds: Huge Impakt, Isochronous etc. u shud get a hold of some of dat. Word?

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  • It’s like when I’ve just had a bad day and i play some master ace or when i’m about to go on a road trip i play mOs dEf’s “travelling man” or when i miss my parents and i play some Papa Wemba, Stimela or Roberto Carlos (Brasilian) or each time i listen to Common ft. D’angelo “So far to go” and i feel like falling in-love with somebody? yeah, music.

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  • Donald The Neosapien

    It has to be NEOsoul (pun intended), afro soul, afro jazz, blues, contemporary jazz, classic, acapella, deep soulful vocal house and a little and I mean a little bit of hiphop (old school baby, none of this mediocre guff we hear these days).

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  • Lol ryt on. Thnx 4 the luv. So wat music makes u tick?

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  • Donald The Neosapien

    lovely lovely, had me gaping for more!! Lol i can relate about how music can evoke nostalgia like nothing else, even smells lol. Well done Rato, lovely article!!

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  • @ Ntibi: hey I think that music, food and love make for a good recipe to good memories and fun livin’. You & ur baby surely now hw to spend ur Sunday afternuns! @ Bea: to my gal & friend, thnk ya hey (* *,)…didnt noe dat u listen 2 Enya her music is haunting, so moving and so melancholic. But I enjoy her as well 🙂

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  • Ms Beatrice

    Finally read ur article,i liked it. Im listening to ”Enya” right now.. and guess my mood…lol.

    To the future Girl.

    Got ur back.

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  • ntibi

    wow music music music gal music is a way of life it has a way a of healn 1’s heart in the most amzn way,music is the soul of me and mababe’s sunday afternoons, we jst love it nice and slow whle we cookn up the storm and chatn over a glass or red wine.as ryt now KEM is playn on my backgrnd DAMN i love this guy’s music mababe even thnks me and kem have a thn goin on i jst think KEM AND ANTHONY HMLTON hve the most amzn voices eva. MUSIC THE WAY OF LIFE FOR REAL.

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  • Hey Bonny thnx 4 the thumbs up! Unbreak my heart say u luv me again *singing*…haha I remember as well hw I wud sing dat song wit so much emotion lol. As 4 hip hop I believe in the spirit that has birthed, where it originated from in th 70s, the spirit of black identity, self-identity & counter-revolution. The underground hip hop heads continue to drive this spirit & that is what makes me kip luvin th music. Word!

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  • Bonny

    Wow sister this is a great article, It evoked alot of memories as I was reading… It reminded me of a time in my life (very young) when I used to know all the lyrics to songs only adults would relate to your “un-break my heart” I mean my heart had never been broken (by a man) but I could almost identify with Tamia (I don’t know why). It’s just amazing how music has healing powers, evokeS anger, make you switch from happyness to melancholy in seconds… I could go on but I’ll just cut it short and say I LOVE MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!

    There is still some really good hiphop out there…we are just not exposed to it since we are being force-fed a whole lot of rubbish by the media.

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  • I like what Alex parker and the band have done. Huge has been dope, (Home-boy) i like me some underground, last emp, ken starr, vinnie paz, to nme a few.

    “i RAP FOR YOU HIM AND HER, DUDE’S IN THE BURB’S, DUDE’S IN THE TOWNSHIPS”

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  • Donald The Neosapien

    underground hiphop ne…used to live on it at some point in my life when I was a lethal mc. I still love it though, I still have my favourites. Canibus, immortal technique, emilio, ken starr, little brother, phonte, huge impakt, mothipa, reason, blackstar, punch and words and many more. I indulge in these once in a while but not too much.

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  • @ Donald…I lyk ur taste in music. I get why u only appreciate a little bit of hip hop. I think it’s because of the type of hip hop being released nowadays. The lyrical content is a laugh at times it’s about bling, kaching and booty…music tantalising 2 the ear but destructive 2 th soul… the beats are dope but the lyrics have no substance, but hey dat’s anoda story for anoda day! But tell me what say u of underground hip hop?

    @ Paul…hey bro u l8ly I’ve seduced by the sounds of Lauryn Hill, Damien Marley, Nas, Tumi and Common as well. These ones both entertain and inspire me.Alicia Keyes is for me the butterfly romantic of R&B. she makes me thinking a lot about love. I also love myself some good old Tracy Chapman,and when the bones are sleeping then I get some deep house to get my appetive for livin on a high! There is some underground ish that is making the rounds: Huge Impakt, Isochronous etc. u shud get a hold of some of dat. Word?

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  • It’s like when I’ve just had a bad day and i play some master ace or when i’m about to go on a road trip i play mOs dEf’s “travelling man” or when i miss my parents and i play some Papa Wemba, Stimela or Roberto Carlos (Brasilian) or each time i listen to Common ft. D’angelo “So far to go” and i feel like falling in-love with somebody? yeah, music.

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  • Donald The Neosapien

    It has to be NEOsoul (pun intended), afro soul, afro jazz, blues, contemporary jazz, classic, acapella, deep soulful vocal house and a little and I mean a little bit of hiphop (old school baby, none of this mediocre guff we hear these days).

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  • Lol ryt on. Thnx 4 the luv. So wat music makes u tick?

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  • Donald The Neosapien

    lovely lovely, had me gaping for more!! Lol i can relate about how music can evoke nostalgia like nothing else, even smells lol. Well done Rato, lovely article!!

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