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.

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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

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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!

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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

Discovering Ethiopian Rap Music: Cypher Abyssinia 2016

Here’s a quick post that some of you may be interested in.

I haven’t spotlighted many musicians outside of ZAP Records (the label I’m affiliated with), but I thought I would branch out by discovering some music off the beaten path. You’ve all noticed that I’ve been talking a bunch about Africa lately with some various news sources going on there, but I thought I would change it up with their music scene. I’ve been listening to some pop music in Africa mainly in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, and Togo recently, but I randomly discovered this series of music. It’s called Cypher Abyssinia which is a yearly rap tradition in Ethiopia where their rappers spit some verses together. However, they aren’t rapping in English. It’s all in Amharic, one of the major languages in that country. For those of you that don’t know, that’s the same language that The Weeknd used in the outro to his song “The Hills” (he’s Ethiopian-Canadian, for those that didn’t know), and the alphabet used in that language (Ge’ez script) is one of the inspirations of the Wakandan alphabet in Black Panther. It sounds really cool hearing rap music in an African language. Bonus points for incorporating traditional rhythms and melodies while mixing it with a hip-hop beat. Feel free to check it out!

Video courtesy of AND Tunes

Thanks, Terrance! My Fandom Hypocrisy Article Got Some Attention!

This was certainly unexpected.

Some of you may have read my Fandom Hypocrisy rant not too long ago. For those of you who haven’t, then you can check it out right here.

There’s a blogger named Terrance the Crow who saw this article and cross-promoted it on his page and Twitter account. Thanks for showing this article and thanks for the kind words. He’s also been great at highlighting so many people in the blogging community.

Personally, I wasn’t too sure about making that rant at first. I don’t do that many rant posts on my blogs, but there was so much internalized pressure stemming from years of being bullied for what I liked in the past and some stupidity I’ve been seeing online, that I just had to talk about it. I thought I would get bashed a lot, so I was surprised that people actually liked and respected my views on the situation at hand.

Check out Terrance the Crow, everyone!

Justin Yates’s new music and new music video!

It’s time!

My friend Justin Yates released his newest EP called “Friend”. He even released a new music video for his song “Burn”. Justin Yates is someone I’ve known for years when I got into the local music scene and he’s one of the few people from that area who I still talk to and never lost respect for. He works harder than so many other musicians I know. Feel free to check out the music video and to buy his EP.

It Was Only a Matter Of Time (A vlog from my friend Korisa)

This is something that needs to be discussed.

Some of you may have seen the work from my friend Korisa sometime last year when I promoted her video projects. This recent vlog is something very important and I agree 100% of what she said.

If you know me, you should know that I can’t stand racism AT ALL! This isn’t just because I’m an ethnic minority myself, but it’s because I believe humans should be treated with dignity in general. Some students (2 Black and 1 Mexican) from the Take 2 program were racially harassed by some stranger outside the building where they were waiting for their parents. These students were 13, 14, and 15 respectively and this excuse of an adult cussed them out and profiled them. After I heard this story from her in person a day after it happened, I was furious. No one should EVER have to deal with that. Her point about being racially attacked is something that is a matter of when instead of if is dead on if you aren’t Caucasian. I’ve been profiled before, been called racist slurs, been underestimated, heard dog whistle terms, and I’ve even been offended by certain characters in mainstream media who portray various stereotypes. This is something that gave me a bunch of self-hate and I never realized how much it affected me until recently.

Seriously, if you are being discriminated against, you better call that person out. If you hear someone being racist against another even when you aren’t the target, then call them out and be an ally to those who are oppressed.

[END RANT]