Little Miss Manager

I've just woken up in Paddington Station after a whirlwind tour with two bluesmen. That sounds weird, I know. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Robin Henkel & Ric Lee, headlining the Plymouth Blues Society gig this week"][/caption] The good news is that its 'good tired'. Together, we had a musical riot…

Mama Tokus USA tour journal: 2 – Amongst friends

[caption id="attachment_647" align="alignright" width="240" caption="TV wagon"][/caption] We have been given heroes' welcomes on our arrival in California: ticker-taped American bear-hugs worthy of any in Yosemite. And they hardly know us.   We've been welcomed into the highly-toned belly of a Californian woman's home. Sista Judy, the Bayou Brothers' rub-board player (the Bez…

Mama Tokus blogpost: Fly Spanish

I've been given the Spanish inquisition in a hip online magazine that publishes online. Read the interview in Spanish here, which covers punk rock, rude women, gospel, fighting fears and living large. And it starts off calling me a Mestiza (translation: "Of a mongrel breed, hybrid, hybridous"), which I LOVE.…

Mama Tokus blogpost: Blessèd Birdsong

As I cycled up to Schumacher College for the first time, I felt blessed to be commuting along the riverside path that accompanies The Dart. Blessed again to see balaclava-faced goldfinches fly up from the floor. Treble-blessed to watch seagulls divebombing an unfamiliar river visitor: a red-headed duck or grebe…

Mama Tokus blog-post: Harry Belafonte

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="134" caption="My Song"][/caption] Excuse me quivering but I'm still reeling from meeting Mr Harry Belafonte. And it ain't just his stunning looks nor his tight trousers. I've just turned the final page of My Song, Harry's "memoir of art, race and defiance". And I'm staggered by the…
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