Had a chance to go on safari last weekend and it was incredible… Totally off the hook.
So… It’s nice to be back in Arusha, Tanzania… finally I get to see something I worked on get to the point where it’s finished. Last Summer we came here to install a system to migrate the UN-ICTR’s archive of all of the videotapes recorded during the Rwanda Genocide Tribunal… and now, a year later we are about to hand a completely digital secure archive over to them, and bring our migration system home… it’s amazing. I figured that by the end of this trip, I will have spent 5 months in the last 365 days over here working on this project… and a lot of time supporting it remotely.
It’s nice to be back and start to see some of the many friends I’ve made over here… already ran into Pally, Bob, Minnie, Moe and a few others… good times seeing these folks. Tonight someone asked me what I’ve learned about Tanzania in all the time I’ve spent over here… and the only answer I could give was that I’d learned about all of the totally kickass people I get a chance to hang out with when I’m here.
Got a great room @ The Mt. Meru Hotel… sheesh, just look at that view. I guess that this is the first time that I’ve been over here as Winter ends for them and Spring leads to a warmer climate and clearer skies… I’ve never had such a good view of Meru.
Just so’s you know what we’re talking about over here… this is a picture of the system that we have been working with… the red and blue things are the robots that move the videotapes around and into VTRs that play them into those red-striped servers that are gathering the metadata about the video and digitizing it. In the middle 2 racks are the systems that take those digital files and archive them onto spinning disk and LTO-4 data tape. It’s amazing that we got that stuff over here and set up running as well as it has for the whole year… 70,000 hours of testimony digitized. Badass.
Then… there’s sitting by the pool, sipping on a cold one… S’nice.
Last night I went over to The Lively Lady and it was a fantastic time.
The last dinner in Arusha was a plate of Pally’s really amazing smoked pork ribs with homemade pili-pili (hot) sauce, fresh lime squeezed over them, homemade garlic naan & my favorite cocktail over here which is basically a Dark & Stormy made with Stoney Tangaweze sitting in for ginger beer, which it’s darn close to.
Hung out with Pally and his sister Minnie as the evening got started and then set up to play some music…
The night was totally rocking… The place got really full and no matter what I played people were screaming and dancing and carrying on… at one point the power went out (a frequent thing over here,) and the people just went accapella, picking up where the song left off and then into a few other numbers not on my playlist like a really dirty French/English version of “Allouette,” and Tenacious D’s “Fuck Her Gently” much to the confusion of the other half of the crowd who were locals and had never heard anything like that before. It was nuts. People trying to buy me more drinks than I could possibly drink…
Here’s the playlist that goes right up until the power died… it was out for about 10 minutes…
Track List: Lively Lady 2011-07-02
|1||Dick Dale — Ghost Riders In The Sky||Dick Dale|
|2||The Great Atomic Power||Southern Culture On The Skids|
|4||Highway Patrol||Junior Brown|
|5||Man From Harlem||Asylum Street Spankers|
|6||Down By The O-HI-O||Milton Brown And His Musical Brownies|
|7||Pussy, Pussy, Pussy||Light Crust Doughboys|
|8||Truckers Speed||The Meat Purveyors|
|9||Little White Pills||The Meat Purveyors|
|10||King Of The Mountain||Southern Culture On The Skids|
|11||Piss Up a Rope||Ween|
|12||Tumbling Dice||The Rolling Stones|
|13||Sea Cruise||Franky Ford|
|14||I Like It Like That||Chris Kenner|
|15||Rock & Roll Music||Chuck Berry|
|17||Shoorah! Shoorah!||Betty Wright|
|18||Sticky Sticky Sock-A-Poo||The Mighty Continentals|
|19||It’s A Funky Thing Pt. 1 (Special Feature Mix)||Steinski|
|20||16 bklyn funk i got cash||Steinski|
|21||Funkify Your Life||Meters|
|22||Hot Topic||Le Tigre|
|23||Express Yourself (Digital Remaster 00)||N.W.A.|
|24||Enter the Ninja||Die Antwoord|
|25||God Save the Queen||Sex Pistols|
|26||I Know What Boys Like||Bouncing Souls|
|27||Too Drunk to Fuck||Dead Kennedys|
|28||Judy Is A Punk||Ramones|
|29||She Goes To Finos||Toy Dolls|
|32||Ride That Train||Oblivians|
|33||Have Love, Will Travel||Richard Berry|
|34||Hey Sailor||Detroit Cobras|
|35||Wreck My Flow||Dirtbombs|
|36||One of Those||Firewater|
|37||Miniature Breakdown||Quintron & Miss Pussycat|
|38||Twist & Crawl||Death in Vegas|
|40||54-46 That’s My Number||Toots & The Maytals|
|42||Menya Zovut Shnur||Leningrad|
|43||Schweine – Glukoza||Glukoza|
|44||(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay||Otis Redding|
|45||Shake A Tailfeather||Andre Williams|
|46||Big Apple Boogaloo||Brooklyn Funk Essentials|
Pally shot some video with my iPhone just as the party started to rage…
Note… there was a whole table of South Africans with a few friends from Texas who walked into the bar totally amped from climbing Kilimanjaro… they walked into the bar… and as they sat down, heard the country music… one of them walks over to Pally, who’s a tall fellow of Indian descent and shouts “Leave The Country!” at him… Like he wanted to have Country music played all night long… He was a bit loud… filed with adrenaline, booze and whatever the heck those guys were on… Pally looks over at him, and with a characteristically deadpan, straightface’d and says “Leave the country? Right now? Can I pack a bag?” as if the Texan is announcing his deportation or something… this shouted misunderstanding gag went on for a few minutes… it was like the best ex-pat “Who’s on first?-esque” comedy routine I’d ever heard. It had to have taken that long for the Texan to get the joke… As you can see I lingered on the Country/Texas Swing for a while before dropping the Soul/Funk/Reggae/Punk that makes me so happy to play in a place like that.
It was a total gas.
Shut the place down. At the end of the night, after we threw everyone out and it was down to a few of the regulars and the owners we had a last cocktail while l played Elvis songs by request. Really one of the best nights I’ve had over here, completely.
After shutting up the bar, Pally & Minnie gave me a ride back to the hotel… It was 4am! I had to bang on a door to get let in… fell right asleep… and I woke up bright eyed an bushy tailed packing my shit and checking out.
Now the bag’s being stored at the hotel and I’m down the street having my muffin and coffee… Ride to JRO airport’s not till 4pm… So I guess it’s sit somewhere and read for a while…
So last night I was invited over to The Njiro Complex to spin some tunes outside in front of Stiggy’s wine bar… whatever it’s called… There was a large crowd sitting at the tables… eating and drinking, people going into the movie theater to see either the Bollywood film or Pirates of the Caribbean IV… I set up my gear right out in front of Stiggy’s place on a small table, and his guys brought over and set up the PA. I figured that it’d be best to stick to jazz/blues/R&B for the most part… an older, local crowd… not quite the place for the screaming garage/punk rock but some swinging, toe-tapping swaying occurred indeed. The folks were, IMHO, pleasantly surprised… and it was a good time. Plus all my beers were comped.
Track List @ Njiro Complex
|1||If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes||Old Rugged Sauce||LIVE @ BR&GC – 2011-03-03|
|2||Jelly Roll||Nina Simone||The Very Best Nina Simone – Sugar In My Bowl 1967-72|
|3||Saturday Night Fish Fry||Louis Jordan||The Best Of Louis Jordan|
|4||Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee||Wynonie Harris||The Best of Winonie Harris|
|5||Make It Do||Slim Gaillard||Laughing In Rhythm: The Best Of The Verve Years|
|6||Nightime Is The Right Time||Shirley Scott||Queen Of The Organ: Shirley Scott Memorial Album|
|7||Tipitina||Professor Longhair||Rock ‘N’ Roll Gumbo|
|8||Sweet Home Chicago||Magic Sam||West Side Soul|
|9||Strange Love||Slim Harpo||Hip Shakin’|
|10||Boom, Boom, Out Goes the Lights||Little Walter & His Jukes||Murder-Songs from the Dark Side of the Soul|
|11||Do The Funky Chicken||Rufus Thomas||Music from the Wattstax Festival & Film (Disc 3)|
|12||Funky Train||Poets Of Rhythm||This Is Acid Jazz: Original Raw Soul|
|13||Take Your Soul||The Sahara All Stars||Nigeria Disco Funk Special|
|14||Shala Shala Twist||Dark City Sisters||African Serenades Vol 14 – Ear|
|15||Habibi||Ali Hassan Kuban||Walk like a Nubian|
|16||Funkify Your Life||Meters||Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology (Disc 2)|
|17||Sixty Minute Man||Rufus Thomas||Can’t Get Away From This Dog|
|18||54-46 Was My Number||Toots & The Maytals||The Very Best of Toots And The Maytals|
|19||My Boy Lollipop||Millie Small||Ska’s The Limit 1997|
|20||Son Of A Preacher Man||Gaylettes||Trojan Sixties Box Set|
|21||Do The Beng Beng||Derrik Morgan||The Trojan Story|
|22||I Can’t Wait||Hepcat||Right On Time|
|23||Big Apple Boogaloo||Brooklyn Funk Essentials||Cool & Steady & Easy|
|24||Diamonds on My Windshield||Tom Waits||The Beat Generation [Rhino] (1 of 3)|
|25||Mustang Sally||Jay Mitchell||Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay|
|26||It’s A Funky Thing Pt. 1 (Special Feature Mix)||Steinski||What Does It All Mean? – 1983-2006 Retrospective|
|27||Doriella Du Fontaine||L Rod Hendrix||Munny Changes Everything|
|28||GBH||Death in Vegas||Dead Elvis|
|29||Shoorah! Shoorah!||Betty Wright||The Very Best Of Betty Wright|
|30||The Breakdown||Rufus Thomas||Music from the Wattstax Festival & Film (Disc 3)|
|31||Sticky Sticky Sock-A-Poo||The Mighty Continentals||This Is Acid Jazz: Original Raw Soul|
|32||Working On The Line||Soul-Saints Orchestra||This Is Acid Jazz: Original Raw Soul|
|33||Stagger Lee||Lloyd Price||Glory Days Of Rock ‘N’ Roll – New Orleans|
|34||A Chicken Ain’t Nothin’ But A Bird||Cab Calloway||Are You Hep To The Jive?|
|35||Hell||Squirrel Nut Zippers||Hot|
|36||(Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below, We’re All Going To Go||Curtis Mayfield||Curtis – Live!|
|37||Have Love, Will Travel||Richard Berry||Baby Please Come Home|
|38||Spoonful||Willie Dixon||I Am The Blues|
|39||Cler Achel||Tinariwen||Aman Iman: Water Is Life|
This guy was on the balcony of my hotel room this morning… I figure he’d go good with about 3/4 oz of White Creme De Cacao & 3/4 oz Light Cream… or that’s what I hear anyway.
Every morning in Arusha I leave the Arusha Hotel and walk across the “Clock Tower Circle” and up the street to Africafe… it’s on the way to the ICTR where I’m working… and, basically the best thing it has going for it is the coffee… they have a menu… they have some food on it… the food is safe to eat, and it’s ok, but nothing to write about… now that double latte and chocolate muffin I’m having for breakfast over there… that’s worth saying something about. The coffee is the best I’ve had in Arusha, really quite good… and the muffin? Well, they have chocolate, lemon poppy… a couple of other good, fresh muffins, but the thing that gets me is that every time I order one, the waiter asks “Would you like the muffin warmed?” Well heck yes I would asante sana (Thank you very much.) And warmed it arrives… probably a few seconds in the microwave… but it makes all the difference. Yum nom nom.