I do an open format radio show on Radio Regent online out of Regent Park in Toronto every Friday from 5 p.m. til 7,called CORBY's ORBIT playing everymusic, so far no Death Metal or light opera but who knows?http://www.radioregent.com/
Illustration by John Kricfalusi
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi
Friday, March 19, 2010
Kings of Spring
Although it is barely spring, there is a sense of summer to what we are about today and
the wind could never blow it out. Only scatter the seeds.
It is the growing that comesafter all the rain and music and
the bruising that the new moon and new seasons always cause
on our apple hearts. Seeds don't bruise.
What have I been listening to?
Woodpeckers, playgrounds, kazoo solo by Hellsongs' lead singer, in spandex, sequins and white runners,
Today the King is coming into the Orbit:
When Achilla Orru was born among the Karimojong people in Northeastern Uganda, the birth of the apaa-idomo (the multi-coloured bull) was an auspicious event to be celebrated. With his international debut album in 1996, Achilla Orru lived up to the title APAA-IDOMO, for like the multi-coloured bull, he is a musician to behold and listen to.
During his formative years at the Madera special school for the blind in Soroti Teso his extraordinary musical talent was recognized and developed. In 1975, the lokembe earned a special place in Orru's heart. This was the year he won the Junior Award for the Thumb-Piano at the Uganda National Music Festival in Kampala. In 1976 he stunned the audiences of the National Theatre of Uganda when he broke with tradition and presented a troupe of twelve young women playing lokembe. Under his direction, these students from Berkley High Girls School in Iganga earned first place in the folk instruments category.
As the undisputed master of the lokembe, sometimes referred to as the akogo, sanza, akadongo, and kalimba (thumb-piano), Orru's colourfuly crafted music demands the rapt attention from everyone. In Orru's hands, the lokembe is transformed into the very embodiment of spiritual reawakening of his traditional culture. "When I sing with it, when I hear it, there is a part of me that becomes one with the world around me", he says.