I'm introducting a new segment where I have guest bloggers. So to kick it all off, he's my kid sister Natasha's post. She'll be the new Afropolitan Music Critic, because she's the most astute and wide ranging taste in music of anyone I know. *Drumroll*

By Natasha Lwenya

Vampire
Weekend
, an up and coming Indie Pop ensemble can only be described as a
retro breath of fresh air. Don’t let their name fool you, they’re
anything but blood sucking, and can be listened to any day of the week.
In a time where most new bands strive to be different and, in the
process, end up sounding exactly the same, Vampire Weekend gathers
inspiration from around the globe and creates music that is light and
appealing. Hits like “Mansard Roof”, “Oxford Coma”, and “M79” conjure
images of fantasy lands, while “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and “Bryn”
demonstrate the Western African influence the band proudly claims.

I
think the main reason that Vampire Weekend is a fabulous new listen is
because they choose to unite Africa with music in a way that isn’t for
a charity show or personal gain. While Africa is facing issues that
need to be overcome, it also has an extremely rich history in the arts
that is often overlooked. I commend Vampire Weekend for incorporating
the beautiful rhythms and themes of African music in a way that people
from all cultures can appreciate. Here’s a video of the group
performing “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” live for an MTV Spankin’ New
Session.

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  • Posted by Mary-Laure on February 01, 2008

    Hi Beve, just wanted to let you know that I wrote a post about Kenya today and included a link to your blog.
    It’s so cool that you’re getting your sister involved! My sister is my music guide, too…

  • Posted by Laura Neulat on February 01, 2008

    Hello, I am Mary-Lore’s mother, Laura.
    I have come to your blog after reading her post about Kenya. For our whole family, Kenya was a blessed time. We’re so sorry about its present time, such a wonderful place, such wonderful people …
    I see you have some recipes in your blog and I invite you to visit my blog at www.aworldinapan.blogspot.com If you enjoy what’s on its virtual table, please, send me one of your recipes.
    Laura

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