Category Archives: Issue 1: Music

Thelonious: Jazz and food, improvised

Thelonious: Jazz and food, improvised

Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the best of the 20th Century. For Santiaguinos (people from Santiago), Thelonious is also the name of a restaurant and music venue that combines live jazz and food. It is located in a neighbourhood called Bellavista in downtown, where you can findContinue Reading

Café Silvana and live music in Harlem

Café Silvana and live music in Harlem

As most of you probably already know, New Yorkers are very attached to their neighborhoods. I live in Harlem/ Central Park North exit, so I consider my hood to be Morningside, West and Central Harlem. The Frederick Douglas Boulevard (8th Ave) and Lenox Ave (6th Ave) are blooming with bars, cafés, lounges and restaurants. AContinue Reading

Reggae – music to my Latin American ears

Reggae – music to my Latin American ears

Reading local literature has been a great way for me to understand another country, but it takes valuable time, especially in a society where working a 10 hour day is making a comeback. Most days I come back from work wanting to spend time with my fiancé over dinner and go to bed. I’ve barelyContinue Reading

El Vive Latino

El Vive Latino

Having a country like the United States as a next door neighbor has its upsides and its downsides, and I am sure many Mexicans would rather be far away from our friend in the north. But if there is one thing I love about being so close to the States, it’s that it’s really easyContinue Reading

Papare music

Papare music

There are quite a few places in Sri Lanka, and Colombo in particular, where you could go to listen to some good live music, depending on your taste in music. However, if you are looking for a musical experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, all you have to do is goContinue Reading

The music scene in Thailand

The music scene in Thailand

Visitors to Thailand might easily get the impression that Thailand doesn’t have its own music scene. A lot of bands at bars play covers of western pop and rock classics. At the discos you’ll probably hear trance and hip-hop.  The few bands that are playing Thai music tend to only play covers of classic oldContinue Reading

Naumati Baajaa: A signifier of Nepali culture

Naumati Baajaa: A signifier of Nepali culture

Music is like a magnet. When I hear some music, it attracts me in such a way that I begin singing silently along with its ebb and flow. When it’s the typical Nepali folk music of the Naumati Baajaa, I cannot control myself. I need to dance. Naumati Baajaa is fundamental to Nepalese culture andContinue Reading

DJ Skate Night – It’s a dance party on ice!

DJ Skate Night – It’s a dance party on ice!

Given my warm-weather Filipino DNA, I tend to shy away from winter outdoor activities in Toronto. This year my partner Jeff finally convinced me, after a few years of pleading, to try ice skating. For those unfamiliar with this cold climate activity, ice skating entails sauntering over to your local hockey arena, outdoor public rinkContinue Reading

Kaffir culture: a heritage sustained through music and dance

Kaffir culture: a heritage sustained through music and dance

An often overlooked minority, the Kaffirs of Sri Lanka are African descendants who have been living on the island since the early 1500s. The word Kaffir literally means ‘non believer’ and unlike in most other parts of the world, it is not a derogatory term. In fact, Sri Lankan Kaffirs take great pride in identifyingContinue Reading

“Diez pesos te vale, diez pesos te cuesta”

“Diez pesos te vale, diez pesos te cuesta”

“Diez pesos te vale, diez pesos te cuesta.” It’s a common phrase you’ll hear on your commute in Mexico City’s subway system, and it literally means that whatever the vagoneros (or “irregular” vendors) are trying to sell you not only costs 10 pesos, it’s also only worth 10 pesos. Such is the black market in thisContinue Reading

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