Sunday, June 25 2006
1 year, 11 months, 3 days
About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.
Manfred is creator of ThisFabTrek.com, travel photography, a travel blog and a photography blog (a journey since 2004). 'I set out to see the colors of the world, always I try to capture the colors'.
Seeing, is understanding, so I report and photograph, but formost enjoy and live those different conceptions of life (all that TV [and the web] cannot give). I reject jealousy, animosity, bigotry. Be free!
The mind, when pondering at night and always asked those questions. What am I doing in corporate wonderland of bank, university, office or church? Who is the other animal asleep deep inside, the thinker, punk, creative, or Indian, vagabond and healer, maybe artist, writer, photographer, traveler, globetrotter? Oh God, dare you to think. When I saw the lies, gambles and manipulations I follow the old dream and set out for the journey of life lived, the journey to see the colors of the world.
During years on the road I have taken the turns as they came along, and realized one thing: Only such a small part of the planet can be explored and such a vast land and sea mass will always remain unknown, to me; many swamps, jungles, deserts and oceans will never be traveled. But then I am father of twin boys, Daniel and David, my most important, and I show them some of the wonders and colors out there. ThisFabTrek, is ongoing. Photography and Journey, Stories from the Road and Life around the World, in Love and Peace.
Land Rover 47,032km
Other cars 12,443km
Algerian Rachid Taha, lives in Paris, cannot go visit his country.
The Moroccans are more then happy to stage him. Well I have to make
the next point, I know of groups that perform in Algeria but not in
Morocco. Though reasons for that are less driven by fundamental religiouse
I go into this last concert with a lot of expectations. Much have I
heard of Rai this Algerian pop-rebel music. From Taha records I know
he can be be rolling and rocking, speeding and stampeding.
But what is Rai? This one is good.
So is this: Rebel music
from Algeria. But is Taha Rai? Who cares.
Rachid Taha, face detail.
Rachid Taha, Essaouira 06.
Rachid Taha, eccentricity.
Bad guitar, unsophisticated, annoying bass.
Strangely Taha's records feature a much better guitar.
This one is sleepy and too simple, others would say the guy can't play
... The bass is just annoying. But maybe it is just me having got used
to the phenomena Pat Metheny and Christian Mc Bride the night before.
In general I like Rachid Taha's music, I have bought the
Medina and Diwan records. Taha has a great many melodious pop songs
interpreted by great musicians, fusion of Rai and Rock music, some say.
I as I don't speak Arabic can only guess what his songs
are all about. The rebel is obvious, and I remember me saying to Hasna
a while ago that "what you lack in your (Arab) countries, is a
real rebel culture!" I have to concede there is more around than
And Taha makes a point (makes many), - my musician friends
are Christians, Jews, "He is a Jew!" he repeats, shouts, wants
to say "and I like him, and he is my friend" and Muslims and
on Rachid Taha, The Globalist, BBC
world music, official
Barry, earlier in the day.
Another rebel, that I enjoy listening. Reggae, Gnaoua, Latino whatever
mix with direct lyrics, - that I don't understand. But it's good to
know they're there.
Moroccan Barry, Reggae rebel.
Gnaouas on closing day.
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