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Norm Gibbons

On June 24, 2014 at 2.24 a.m. Vatican Time, when Pope Francis should have been asleep, he tweeted the world:  “How I wish everyone had decent work! It is essential for human dignity.” Of his 14 million tweeting followers, one out of the immediate 6459 replies to God’s official representative on Earth commented, “Go to […]

In Search of Duende

Norm Gibbons

DUENDE HAS its roots in Andalusia. The Romani on their long migrations from Northern India centuries ago are credited with bringing the concept to the West. They would not agree however that duende is a concept. They think of it more literally as a power or force. A fortunate few have seen duende, or heard it, […]

Freedom: Babatunde Olatunji

Rex Weyler

by Rex Weyler On April 6, 2003, the great ambassador of African music, Babatunde Olatunji, passed on, one day shy of seventy-six, in Monterey, California. The following morning, I looked out over English Bay in Vancouver, a second home for Baba, and recalled the undying rhythms he left in this city, which we still hear […]