Perhaps I’m mysterious in a good way? I got the Mystery Blogger Award!

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Here’s an award I have never been nominated for. It’s the Mystery Blogger Award! I was nominated by Xena at We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident. She’s an incredible blogger and I’m thankful for this nomination. Thanks, Xena! This award was created by Okoto, by the way.

Here are their words about this award:

WHY DID I CREATE THE AWARD?
I created the award because there are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered, yet. And, most of these blogs deserve recognition. For that reason, I decided to create my own award; and nominate people who can also nominate others; and so on. This is one of the best ways to create a friendly community and build a link between bloggers in the blogosphere; as everyone gets nominated and they too can spread the fun by nominating more people for the award.

I decided to call the award “Mystery Blogger Award.” Why? Because the meaning of my name, “Enigma” is “mystery.” So basically, it’s named after myself; the creator. Plus, I think it’s cool because there are so many blogs that are still a mystery to us; and when we get to know them, it’s divine! And we find friends where we least expect.

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

Rules:
Put the award logo/image on your blog.
List the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
Share a link to your best post(s)

Okay, here we go.

3 things about me:

1. I have been training myself as a multi instrumentalist for over twelve years. I’m no virtuoso by any means, but I do have some proficiency in multiple instruments.

2. I write fiction, but I read mostly nonfiction especially history books.

3. While I’ve been teaching myself Lingala, I have interest in learning other languages from multiple countries.

Answering Questions:

Xena didn’t put any questions in the post, so I’m going to answer the same ones she got when she was nominated by Ilene.

1. Write a haiku about being nominated for a blogger award and title the haiku with the cartoon character with whom you most relate.

Yugo Beppu

Solving mysteries
With the most global mind now
Freeing hostages

2. What’s your superpower and how do you use it for good not evil?

The ability to manipulate time would be great. I can prevent disasters and change the past or future for the better.

3. Do you believe in a spiritual world or some kind of afterlife? If yes describe, if not why do you believe this is all there (not just a one word “no” answer for the atheists nominees)?

I have theistic beliefs and I do believe in an afterlife. My reasons aren’t limited to any religious book and it’s become even more so given some of my beliefs being challenged as of recently (long story). I know not everyone will agree with me on this not am I begging for anyone to do so. There were situations where I should’ve died, but didn’t. There are aspects of history that make way to much sense as things cycle across the vast fabric of time. While science is important, it’s not the end all be all for everything and anything to be explained. However, I don’t judge if anyone is a theist or atheist though.

4. What’s the best place in the world you’ve ever been and why should anyone go there? Convince me. Plane tickets are a good way to convince me. (Joke. The last part.)

I’ve only been to two countries in my life so far. My favorite place I’ve been to would be the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. That was beautiful.

5. What are the top 10 songs that make you feel good when you’re down, or inspire you, or you just love to listen to anytime or all the time.

This is such a tough choice and will be in no particular order. I really have to think about it…

Got to Break It by Arka’n (Togolese metal in your face!)
Show Me the Way by Papa Wemba (That’s a fun song to practice Lingala with)
Through the Night by Masahiko Arimachi (You’re welcome, Outlaw Star fans)
Here I Stand by Dove Slimme
Drop It Again by Rophnan
Kala by Mbongwana Star (#CongoPride)
Hound by Swimteam
Hand Upon My Shoulder by Peter Kruse
Life Is Like a Boat by Rie Fu (I’m not a Bleach fan, but this song is great)
Oops Upside Your Head by The Gap Band (ORIGINAL UPTOWN FUNK!)

6: Share a link of your best post(s).

Three of my best posts so far in my opinion as of recently…

Defensive For What: This was a powerful poem that’s one of my recent favorites I wrote.

Do You (Or Should You) Separate the Artist From the Art?: This was one of the most commented on opinion posts I’ve written. I’m glad I was able to have civil discourse even though I had people who disagreed with me.

How I Learned to Utterly Despise that Expensive Ripoff, Overrated, and Bigoted Movie Called The Lion King (And the Existence of Kimba the White Lion Isn’t the Only Reason): Yes, it’s a rant post, but it was so cathartic getting out my frustrations as to why I have severe issues with The Lion King.

Here are my nominees for this award:

7mononoke
K at the Movies
Jill Dennison
Lumi
Cassonade Media
Brendan Birth
Rodrovich
Villagetalk Avant
Sir Charles the Poet
Moyatori

Here are my questions for my nominees:

1. What makes you an innovative blogger in your field?

2. What are issues that you’re passionate about?

3. Who are three famous people that you would want to have coffee with?

4. Why do you blog and what are your goals for your it?

5. Would you rather own a house that’s attached to an ice cream company or one that’s attached to a chocolate factory? Yes, that’s my required weird/funny question for this award. Haha!

 

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Music Spotlight: “Nyina W’abeza” by Intayoberana


I recently discovered this music/dance troupe not long after I reviewed the movie Munyurangabo. I decided to research some things about Rwanda after the fact like how the capital Kigali is one of the cleanest cities on the planet and what their music scene is like. This was really cool how it incorporated traditional rhythms alongside modern instrumentation while they sing in Kinyarwanda. The melodies were so sweet and very authentic. It’s been a while since I promoted other musicians, but this is one song I’ve been listening to recently. Check out Intayoberana!

Pushing the Sunshine: Sunshine Blogger Award!

Yes, I resorted to using a Lovedrug reference. Congrats to all two of you who got it. Anyways, I was nominated by K at the Movies very recently. K is a blogger I discovered recently and I find his take on reviewing anime, short films, and movies to be quite fascinating. We’ve had good conversations on his blog when I checked out his reviews. He’s also one of the few film reviewers I follow who covers mainstream movies which is a rarity especially if you know about my taste in films. I appreciate how K covers multiple genres and styles.

Here are the rules for the award:

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
    List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Now here are the questions K gave me…

  1. What would be the subject of your TED Talk? Wow, leading a TED Talk would be sweet. If I did a topic, there are two topics I’d want to talk about. One would be talking about the inventors that you never hear about in school or dealing with film plagiarism controversies. Both talks would be quite strong if you know my feelings about originality and those two subjects.
  2. What is your preferred mode of transportation: Plane, Train, or Automobile?I guess automobile because I drive way more than I go on trains or planes. I’m not against the other forms of transportation, but I just rarely get a chance to travel in those vehicles.
  3. What is one of your post that you wished got more love or would recommend people to go check out?That’s a tough question. I’m going to cheat and mention posts from three of my active blogs. I thought these posts didn’t get much attention and I’ll leave it at that.
  4. Ospreyshire: Dave Hawkins reviewing my first EP.
    C. M. B. Bell Fiction: I’ve recently had times where I wondered if my own stories can still be good.
    Iridium Eye Reviews: Namibian Genocide and the Second Reich Review
  5. You get “free tickets” to an event of your choosing, where or what are you going to?I would probably pick the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.
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  7. WordPress is creating a theme park like Disneyland, they want to turn your blog into one of it’s attractions. What would your attraction be like?

    If the Ospreyshire blog became some kind of attraction, I could see it as an art exhibit with loads of avant-garde works in multiple disciplines: film, paintings, sound art, installations, and performance art that involves audience participation. Despite the experimental aesthetics, there will also be activities where people can make things and take them home. They could also be a part of a collaborative process like a mural or gigantic canvas. I guess it’s too artsy of an idea for a theme park. Sorry. Haha! 
  8. A restaurant is basing its signature dish off you! Describe what that dish is?An order of fufu with olive tapenade hummus alongside Snapea crisps on the side.
  9. What is one word you have difficulty spelling?Crazy enough, I’ve had trouble typing the word privilege. There have been times where I get the spelling confused which is weird because I can spell bigger and more complex words with ease or even foreign names or words.
  10. What is your favorite children’s book?I was a huge reader when I was a kid. Nowadays, I write more than I read when it comes to fiction and or film reviews. I liked a lot of Shel Silverstein’s books which may have gotten me into poetry. The Giving Tree was a big one. Besides that, I would read a flag book a ton because I liked and still like geography.
  11. If you could take any school subject at this point in your life for free, what class would you learn?Coding.
  12. Who is the actor (that isn’t already known for portraying this character) would you like to see portray your favorite fictional character?So many tough choices out there. Yugo Beppu from Yugo the Negotiator would be a fascinating character if he were remade. If he were racebent in an American setting (we can rename this version Yannick Benton), I think Nate Parker would work in that context. That would be an interesting form of revenge against the media who slandered him.

11. If you have a pet, would you rather have 100 of them or one really big version of your pet?
I think one big iguana would be fine. It would sort of like having my own dinosaur if you want to think of it that way.
My nominees are as follows:

1. Khaya Ronkainen
2. Kreb
3. Swo8
4. Shelby Courtland
5. Sawa Minori
6. Little Fears
7. Canadian Art Junkie
8. Rodrovich
9. The Alchemist’s Studio
10. Justice4Survivors
11. Raistlin0903

Here are my questions for you.

1. Which three countries would you visit if you had the opportunity to travel for free?

2. If you can turn any of your favorite books into movies, who would you cast as the main characters?

3. What are the things that give you peace and solace in your life?

4. If you could learn any language, what would it be, why, and how would you best use it?

5. If you could meet your ancestors, what would you do when you meet them and what would you tell them?

6. What are your thoughts on experimental art and the avant-garde?

7. What is the most original creative project you’ve experienced? It can be music, a movie, a book, piece of artwork, etc.

8. What are your greatest fears as a creator and/or blogger?

9. Which famous person would you like to hang out with for an entire day and why?

10. What was the biggest thing that made you jaded when it came to media?

11. How do you think humanity can be the most constructive when it comes to helping others?

I’m really neat? I got the Real Neat Blog Award!

It’s been a delay, but I wanted to get this out there on a day when I wasn’t so busy. I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Dear Kitty. Thank you very much! I really appreciate this!

Here are the rules for this award:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of people linking to their blogs and let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.
    -Come up with 7 questions for the people you nominated.

 

1. Who is your favourite visual artist?

That’s a tough one. I’m kind of cheating on this one, but I would say Yoshitoshi ABe. I know my aniblogger friends know him for being the creator of Haibane Renmei, Serial Experiments Lain, and Texhnolyze. His art and illustrating style always intrigued me with his experimental and avant-garde takes on anime designs.

2. Which is your favourite bird species?

I guess I just have to say an osprey because it’s part of my stage name. Okay, besides that, I would say budgies are cool, too.

3. Which is your favourite mammal species?

Good question. I would say gazelles or kudu would be in that list.

4. What is your favourite insect?

Perhaps the viceroy butterfly. I really had to think about it.

5. What is your favourite plant?

For some reason, sunflowers seem to calm me down. Peach trees would be a close second.

6. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

USA

7. If you would be invited to make a space journey, then to which solar system planet would you like to go?

Saturn would be really cool. Maybe this space crew and I would skate on the rings if that were possible. 😛

Now here are my 7 questions to my nominees.

1. Who is your favorite poet?

2. If you could make a musical movie, which artist or band’s music would you use and what would the plot look like?

3. Which country would you want to visit that you’ve never been to before?

4. Which book would you like to see adapted as a movie or TV show? This can be a novel, novella, novelette, graphic novel, manga, or any form of literature.

5. What is your favorite instrument to hear in music?

6. If you had the power to give an unknown or under-appreciated musician the ability to have one of their songs to be a #1 hit, what musician/singer/band would it be and what song would it be from them to temporally get rid of the typical mainstream Top 40 doldrums?

7. What is the worst case of protagonist centered morality you’ve seen in a movie, story, TV show, etc.? For those not familiar with the term, let me put it to you this way. What is something you’ve seen a heroic character do that was bad and would never get away with it if they were a villain?

My nominees are as follows:

1. Megan from A Geeky Gal
2. Dr. Y
3. A Fiery Spirit
4. KG Bethlehem
5. Irina
6. The Things I’ve Seen
7. Ya Boy Jack
8. Khaya Ronkainen
9. Rodrovich
10. Xena

Listening to Congolese Music: Konono No. 1


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I’ve been on a huge African music kick and I wanted to check out the music in the big DRC. That’s the Democratic Republic of Congo for those not familiar with that initialism. I discovered this band called Konono No. 1 who are from Kinshasa (No, it’s not just Shinsuke Nakamura’s finishing move) which is the capital and largest city. These musicians don;t sound like anyone else. It consists of singers, drummers, and three thumb piano players that are hooked up to DIY amps. The frequencies almost sound like distorted guitars which is crazy with how full their sound is. They incorporate traditional rhythms with avant-garde electronics.

Feel free to check them out!

The Old-Timers are back, BABY!

My friends in the Scottish/South African hardcore band The Old-Timers FINALLY released some new music in the form of a 4 song EP. It’s Short Sharp Shift and it’s 4 short songs and the whole EP is a minute and a half long. I’m glad Dave and Don are making music together again. Big props to ZAP Records to releasing this EP! It’s only $1 to buy. Come on, you can’t even get a song for that same amount of money, so support independent music.

So I’m neat? I was nominated to get the Real Neat Blog Award!

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It has been quite a while since I was tagged in any posts of this kind, but I still appreciate it. I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award. The person responsible for nominating me is Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews. Thank you very much, Scott!

The Rules:

1) Display the logo
2) Thank the blogger for the award
3) Answer the questions the one who has nominated you
4) Nominate 7-10 bloggers
5) Ask them 7 questions

Here are the questions I have to ask from Scott.

1. What is your favorite spaceship design from anywhere?

That’s a tough question. I guess some of the most unique spaceship designs would be the grappler ships from Outlaw Star. Say what you will about that anime, but I thought that was a creative concept of spaceships with robotic arms that can fight in close-combat.

2. What is your favorite comic book movie right now?

I’m not the best person to ask given my tendency to shy away from so many mainstream movies. The last comic book movie I saw was Black Panther last year. Wow, time really flies by.

3. Who is your least favorite anime character?

Most likely Kumiko from Debutante Detective Corps. She’s almost like protagonist centered morality incarnate. Anyone who tells me that Akiyuki Shinbo can do no wrong obviously hasn’t watched that crappy anime.

4. What is your favorite anime this season or if you don’t follow seasonal anime, what is one of your favorite anime?

I haven’t seen any new anime this year so far. Some of you anibloggers already know this about me, but my favorite anime series is Haibane Renmei.

5. How do you feel about Avatar: The Last Airbender?

I have only seen bits and pieces, so I don’t have much of an opinion on that matter.

6. If a wood chuck could chuck wood, what is your favorite fictional forests or woods in fiction?

That’s a clever question. Haha! I guess my favorite forests or woods in fiction would be something from Mushishi. I can’t think of too many at the moment, but some may come to me after this post.

7. What were you doing before you worked on this blogger award entry that I tagged you in?

Nothing too exciting, but I wrote and scheduled some reviews for my other blog Iridium Eye. I won’t say which ones, but they involve an Argentinean film, an obscure anime ONA, and a two-episode anime that got the remake treatment recently. You’ll see those reviews in March.

My nominations will be as follows:
1. Ameithyst
2. Xena
3. Dr. Y.
4. Lumi
5. Moyatori
6. Scottie
7.  Terrance A. Crow

Here are my questions for those who were nominated.

1. What three places on Earth would you like to visit that you’ve never been to before?
2. What is your favorite poem?
3. Who do you think is the most underrated musician or band in your opinion?
4. If you could enact one law in your home country, what would it be and why?
5. How do you feel about plagiarism controversies in regards to media (film, TV, art, literature, etc.)?
6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
7. How are you creative and in what way?

Mr. Leo “Pray”

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on this blog.

Some of you may know that I’ve been getting more into African music and even more recently into movies made in that continent. Even though I’ve never been to Africa, I come from a multi-ethnic family and I did a DNA test where one of my results from my maternal side came up as Cameroonian among other ethnic groups in Africa and Europe. I decided to check out the music from that country and stumbled across Mr. Leo. I first heard the song “Pray” and found it touching given that country’s situation currently with the conflicts involving the French-speaking Cameroonians and the English-speaking ones where there have been fatalities. It saddens me how there have been divisions like that in this post-colonial landscape. Luckily, there are people in that country who hate the bloodshed and see each other as brothers and sisters despite what languages they speak. It certainly hit my heart because these people could be distant relatives of mine in some way. I hope you check out this song.

Part of the song is in Banso which is one of the local languages in that country. I found translated parts of that song which make it more heartbreaking knowing what everything means.

Amen chorus part:
Let us kneel down (Amen)
Let us keep praying that (Amen)
The day will soon be clear
Let us kneel down (Amen)
Let us keep praying that (Amen)
The day will soon be clear

Banso part of the 2nd verse:
If you are ignoring your brother
Beware, you are making a mistake
If you are chasing your brother away
Beware, you are making a mistake

Translation credit to Chris Logan

My friend Jeannette’s Character Study on Reki from Haibane Renmei

https://jeannettejonic.blogspot.com/2018/12/character-study-reki-from-haibane-renmei.html?showComment=1544841523065#c2041517840176548783

I haven’t cross-promoted many posts recently, but I want to post an article from my friend Jeannette Jonic. She’s an author who also blogs about various media such as movies and anime. I recently got her into Haibane Renmei which is one of my favorite anime series of all time, and she enjoyed it. Jeannette did an article covering the characterization of Reki (one of the main characters) and it was amazing. Reki was a character I found to be very relatable especially when I re-watched it a while ago.

I’m sure all my anime fan friends would appreciate this article that she wrote.

Blogging Chums Award!

Blogging Chum Award

It’s been a while, but I got nominated for an award! This is the Blogging Chums award and I’d like to thank the nomination from Xena at We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident! She’s an amazing blogger and I’ve had many intelligent conversations with her on that site. Thanks, Xena!

This logo for the award was created at Dressing to Impress and the award itself was created by beams19 at Crave the Unknown.

Here are the rules:

“This may seem like a bit of an odd award but I think it’s so important to tell the people closest to us how much we care about them, and in a world that is so full of hate and division, it’s the little things we do that can help make a big impact – so go tell someone you love them!

This award isn’t compulsory by any means but if you decide to take part, it would mean the world to me. I wonder if there will ever be a day when I’m scrolling through WordPress Reader and I see the Blogging Chum Award floating around on other blogs!” 

The Rules:

  1. Be sure to use the award image!
  2. List the rules & about paragraph!
  3. Thank whoever nominated you!
  4. Write a letter to someone who means a lot to you to spread some positivity around the Internet – anyone will do!

5. Nominate 5-10 more people for the award and go let them know about it in their comments!

Here’s my letter. I’m going to cheat a little bit and mention this letter to my real friends and those who’ve supported my art.

I just want to say thank you for supporting me when I don’t even deserve it. For the longest time, I had to work hard at proving myself (dare I say, prove my humanity) to everyone I met. I thought of myself as worthless for the longest time, and it’s a miracle that anyone would want to see the good in me.

Whenever anyone checked out my Ospreyshire songs/poetry, my video works, my reviews involving obscure movies, my books, or my thoughts on this fallen world we live in, it feels great. I know I haven’t been as active with blogging as much as I was last year, but I hope I’ve made some quality content.

Thank you.

Here are my nominees…

1. Angela Grant
2. Keiko
3. Scottie
4. Scott
5. Moyatori
6. Raistlin
7. Madekesiworld
8. Simoneteffect
9. Irina
10. Sawa Minori