The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168242   Message #4064242
Posted By: Vic Smith
15-Jul-20 - 08:06 AM
Thread Name: Alexander Suarez Mendez, Cuban Uilleann Piper
Subject: RE: Black Pipers Matter
Earlier this week, I emailed congratulations to an Englishman who had put up a video of himself playing the kora. Now I pride myself on knowing quite a lot about kora players and their culture as I have made 25 trips to West Africa, recording Manding musicians. I have released a number of albums of kora music; I have arranged and financed British tours by Gambian jali. He has spent months living in my house practising his kora every day even when I had to drive him to his many gigs.

I was very pleased to hear a black Cuban had absorbed Irish musical culture so well.
I was very pleased to hear a white Englishman had absorbed Manding musical culture so well.

Could I ask Peter Laban what is wrong with that? I felt that there was a sting in the tail of his post ending with I know, it's meant well, but really? and quite frankly, I resent it.