Mitchell Long

Journal 5/8/2006

I just got back from a trip to Louisiana with Maria de Barros. We had a fantastic trip, I really love this band and the music. All the elements are present; good happy people and freindship, soulfull and skillfull musicianship, great original melodies and infectious grooves, and beautiful Marias dedication and grace at the helm. Viva Cabo Verde! We played the House of Blues with The Skatelites and The Iguanas. Then at the Festival International de Louisiane, where Cyro Baptistas rhythmic and irreverent "Beat the Donkey" and all the African bands blew my mind. This is an excellent music festival. We are happy to have the help of Putumayo our new record company and distributor. They are a great company with my kind of taste in music, and just wonderful people. I felt it was important to see New Orleans during Jazz Fest and the way they are coming through the storm. The hurricanes destruction was primordial scary and merciless. And lets face it, the abandonment of all these people on the Gulf Coast and in the city of New Orleans is one horrific chapter in our country. And they are not happy about it. But the storm settles and there we were with a friend and fan we met, Denis Rufin, who had lost everything... He invited the whole band on a wonderful warm evening to his new apartment and treated us out on his lovely porch to my favorite drink: ti-punch made with Rhum agricole from Guadeloupe and so much crawfish-potatoes-corn on the cob and beer we couldnt finish it all, we then wandered down the street to The Maple Leaf where Papa Grows Funk was doing the funk louisiana thing, the real funky deal... amen

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