It’s been great two weeks.I made a one week stopover in Brussels to catch the Couleur Cafe, an annual music festival that brings out the best of music from the world outside Europe. My inspiration was to watch the Ivorian Reggae legend Tiken Jah Fakoly perform. He’s such an activist who has been unable to live in his home country. He spends most of his time in Mali. I wanted to hear him sing tracks off his 2010 album, African revolution. The album emphasises the need for a more African education and understanding of the problems of the continent by those that live on the land.
The album couldn’t have come at a better time when in many countries in Africa youth are trying to push for political and economic changes. There’s another good one, Political War, which came out right before his country descended into violence late last year and the greater part of this year. Talks about wars and devastation in Liberia, Nigeria and other countries. Coming from Uganda where we are holding our breath hoping President Museveni will retire after his three decades rule, this album makes so much sense, we want no political war!
Some other songs talks at increasingly irrelevance of some African leaders to their citizens. I captured the great stage in Brussels.