African Music

Friday night was a lot of fun.  We (the other pilot and mechanic) went to hear some local music.  I have to say that I was sceptical as to the potential quality of this jazz music we were going to hear. 

When we arrived at the place, the power was out and the place was lit by a lot of candles.  There were several instruments leaning against the wall as they were useless without electricity.  They were left with a trumpet, saxophone, a variety of drums and an acoustic guitar. 

After a few minutes, the drummers (two of which would later play guitar and bass when the power came back on) started to play a tribal sort of beat.  The rhythm was complex but coherent.  After some time of drumming, the trumpet player began to play the easily recognizable (to me at least) melody of the jazz standard “Take Five”. 

They played many other old jazz songs with a distinctly African feel to them.  When the power came back on the electronic instruments were brought back to life and the music had an almost Caribbean sound to it.  There were many other expats in the place that all knew about the music that was played there and came every week. 

Tomorrow we finally fly again.  It’s meant to be just a quick out and back, but I always bring a change of clothes whenever I leave a base as I’ve had this type of trip turn into an extended stay and it’s always good to have clean underwear.

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2 Responses to “African Music”

  1. Amelia Says:

    Glad you had a good time 🙂 I think you would have made your mama proud with the clean underwear comment! I love guys that are clean and always prepared!!! 🙂 I thought they only wear loin-cloths in Africa???!!! 😉 I wonder how well you would fly if you had to wear that! ha ha…kinda chilly???!!

  2. Mom Says:

    I am proud of you!

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