6/07/2005

Art of Democracy

I was listening to Eric Wainaina's 'Daima mimi Mkenya' again and was struck by the connection between art and democracy. Several years ago, the song was referred to as 'The New Kenyan Anthem'. I am still marinating this post, you are welcome to comment on what you feel were momentous pieces of art, music or books that are important in the budding democracy that is Kenya. Oh. Unbwoggable by Gidi Gidi Maji Maji for sure is one of those.

Quote of the day: "Nominating John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations is a little like nominating Jeffrey Dahmer for surgeon general. " Robert Wright in Slate.

11 Comments:

Blogger WM said...

Speaking of playing bladda...onyuro one! If blogging counts as publishing then bloggers retroactively count as published writers and thus blogging as an art form. Thus--most influential art form for democracy?...blogging, bloggers, bloggest, blogfest. Okay, now we're playing hide and seek: it's your turn to come find me.

6/07/2005 6:47 PM  
Blogger Afromusing said...

you may be on to something here with the onyuro's! haki wm :)

Bloggers and Democracy...yes! yes! Debate, analyze, then act, for sure we should set our sights on 2007. The dialogue begins!

6/07/2005 10:16 PM  
Blogger Afromusing said...

oops pardon me...the dialogue continues.

6/07/2005 10:17 PM  
Blogger WM said...

I'm sorry that I have forgotten what came after onyuro two--except that I was without a doubt the undisputed champion of both bladder and kati in my estate. Some achievements stay with you lifelong.
I like your idea. I also like my own idea of having the capacity to mobolise bloggers and blogger fans on single issues--the idea of ten thousand messages clogging some hapless minister's, presidents, attorney general's email is one which is near and dear to my heart. I think the days of sit ins and other such are over. I think the days of the technological protest and the technological demonstration, are in. So any way that we can use to make the new technologies work for us (I would like to make a note here that I abhore and detest hackers, and wouldn't it be a damn shame if some of them hacked into the Kenyan govt website and moved some things around...terible vandalism! These young people today do not appreciate how we had to walk uphill both ways to school, in the snow etc.) It has seemed to me that we must fit political action to the contemporary possibilities. I say this withough having any more technolgy than the capacity to switch on my computer. But we're onto something Afromusing..I'm getting that tingling feeling that means that we are on to something; and I am the veteran of many battles.

6/07/2005 10:29 PM  
Blogger kari said...

yeah i still kumbuka when 'kenya only' was considered the new kenyan anthem..right after bomb blast i think...eric wainaina has nice songs!!am i being relevant here?:-)sorry..

6/08/2005 5:07 AM  
Blogger The Humanity Critic said...

Cool post. Just passing through, I'm liking the blog by the way.

6/08/2005 11:16 AM  
Blogger nick said...

-didnt mbilia bel do a MOI song back in the day
-Daudi Kabaka's Helulelule wasn't that a political song for E.A
u can tell GHC wasnt my forte!

6/08/2005 12:18 PM  
Blogger WM said...

Afromusing,
might I have a word in private with you? Email is madkenyanwoman@yahoo.com, or the other email address, since I suspect you have that one also. It isn't anything particularly deep, but otherwise I'll take up pages and pages, just "commenting.". And there are some things I want to ask you that perhaps you may not want asked in this kind of venue. Nothing private, just sort of specific....

6/08/2005 1:25 PM  
Blogger Afromusing said...

@WM: I am nodding my head sana, and i bet there are others doing the same (bobbleheads galore...)we will figure out a way of utilizing the power that is the kenyan blogosphere. Tutaendelea kujadiliana.
@Kari: Not irrelevant at all, please feelenga free, u know u just gave me a specific time frame for the song's significance. Karibu!!
@Humanity critic: Thank you!May your travels lead you back, i will be hopping over shortly.
@Nick:)Haiya, i did not know about Mbilia Bel and the MOI song, more info if you would, and if its available please? woi sikumbuki helulelule, but believe me i will look for it.

6/08/2005 4:50 PM  
Blogger phil k said...

i think democracy has become a dirty word. in Britain and Amerikkka at least.
we have the g8 summit in a couple of weeks and the government have banned protesting (which is a staple of democracy) and Bush is trying to pass a bill, similar to Hitlers Enabling Act, which could mean he remains president for life.
Africa needs to take the power back for sure, but beleive me, voting doesn't work. It's a scam, designed to placate the majority into thinking they have the power to change things.
Democracy=Capitalism.
peace

6/20/2005 8:34 PM  
Blogger Afromusing said...

Hello there phil K. i see where you are coming from(a case can be for a declining democracy definitely in the US.), IMO, the amazing thing that happened in Kenya in the 2000 elections is the fact that kenyans actually went out and voted out a govt that was just autocratic amongst other ills. I think its about acting locally. Iam looking forward to the 2007 elections in Kenya with much hope, that the people realize that their vote is powerful in terms of rooting out the bigwigs who do not care for real reforms and progress. I also harbor a hope that Africa can redefine Democracy for itself.Do come back and share your thoughts. your comment is much appreciated!

6/22/2005 5:25 PM  

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