Pepe Julian Onziema is my new hero

The Pride recently it’s easy to focus just on the good happy side of the LGBTQ family, but outside the West the situation is far from the party it usually ends up being. I love that John Oliver started like that, then went into describing the mess than the British and US have made in Uganda and Africa generally over gay rights, reminding us all the battle is far from won. And yes ‘Ugandhi’ Pepe Julian Onziema is a complete hero, a trans activist who is fighting the new laws in Uganda and he is fighting for LGBTQ rights over there. Respect.

Here’s part two, which goes more indepth – I love the fact he said ‘Sorry doesn’t cut it’. It’s nice to hear a true activist on TV, one that doesn’t have snappy soundbite black/white answers. The situation is far from clear on the ground, usually…and doesn’t really translate so easily into a 30-second soundbite (nor should it, that’s part of the problem of TV outside of Daily Show/John Oliver and a few others who fight that dumbing down of politics and subjects on TV – I still find it funny that comedians are now doing the job the news refuses to do).

RC 241: Afro-Arab Part Two – Desert Blues

Much delayed upload of the second of the Afro-Arab shows of music mostly from Sahel region, Egypt and Southern Africa. Here we go into the desert and here more of the blues/rock and downtempo songs from the Sahara and other dusty sandy places. (Photo taken in Egypt 2011, in the desert region north of Abu Simpel)

Timbuk, Timbuktoo, oh where are you? We need some help from you now. (1:42 / 100Mb)

  • Desmond Dekker – Pretty Africa
  • Burundi Steiphenson Black – Burundi Black Part 1
  • Konono Nº1 – Mama Liza
  • Safoehen Djeni – Mahu Wo Asie (Edit)
  • Joskar and Flamzy – Faroter
  • Karamin Lilisco – Fashion
  • Tinariwen – Dualahila ar Tesninam
  • Cassius the Great – Sunny Side Up No 2
  • Abdel Halim Hafez – Khosara
  • Rachid Taha – Voila, Voila
  • Mdou Moctar – Anar
  • Victor Uwaifo – Ekassa 35
  • Sherine – Habet
  • Tinariwen – Assoul
  • Amanar – Alghafiat
  • Hamza El Din – Greeting Card

Afro-Arab Part 2 tonight!

If you enjoyed Afro-Arab Part One with music from Africa and the Middle East, then you’ll really enjoy Afro-Arab Part Two, tonight at 9:30pm BST on Radio Clash Live. Subtitled ‘Desert Blues’ it’ll have a more relaxed dusty sandy blues feel than the last show.

If the show is shorter than 2 hours (guessing 1-1:30) then I’ll also play some new tunes I’m digging exclusively on RCL.

Low cover Toto

Yes THAT song, and yes THAT band…they hate the ‘Africa’, but Low prove yet again they can make magic from anything.

Also in this AV Club series is TMBG doing Tubthumping. I think even Chumbawamba would like this version, and they are right it fits scarily well with their oevre:

Oh and Ted Leo And The Pharmacists do a scarily good version of Tears for Fears: