Ali Farka Toure has been called the "John Lee Hooker of Africa": if it's often said that the blues are a reworking of African tribal rhythms to fit the African-American experience, then Toure has aligned the blues back to African life.
Since he was born into nobility, a musical career was strongly d
A more emotional list of materials for Tadao Ando's buildings would include light, stillness, and space in addition to concrete, glass, and steel. A self-taught architect, Ando wandered the streets and back alleys of the United States, Europe, Africa, and his native Japan, studying places and spaces
Butoh is always intense. It is the dance of darkness after all. But in the work of the second-generation Butoh company, Sankai Juku, there is a peaceful element, more otherworldly than visceral. Even their name, which means "studio by the mountain and the sea," implies serenity and calm. Their wor
When Beth Orton sings about how far we've come or how far we'll go, something rustles inside. Escape and sudden liberation somehow seem possible. You want to grab you car keys, let your hair go, and "roll away." Orton's voice holds familiar secrets that speak to us individually; she is an old friend,