May 26th 2008
I guess right now is a good time to leave this country: Yesterday the news broke that the Guinean President has sacked the Prime Minister whose installment was one of the main demands by the unions during last years strike. There were reported road blocks in the forest region but here in the capital of Conakry, everything seems to remain calm so far. It is probably because that the prime Minister has done such a lousy job in battling corruption and improving living conditions that no-one seems to give much of a damn about him getting the boot.
I only hope that things will stay as calm as they are right now. I don't want to spend my last weeks here with bullets flying over my head like early in 2007. There are rumors that Rabiatou Diallo, one of Guinea's most prominent union leaders who became somewhat of a hero during last years strike and uprising has commented that she has lost trust in a political way out of the country's misery and that she now is in favor of a military regime. This statement is not confirmed yet but it seems that there are some unsettling things going on under the surface and inside some people's heads.
Anyway... I guess I will write a longer article on what I witnessed here as far as sociopolitical issues are concerned once I'm in NYC. There are definitely a few things I'd like to share.
As far as records go, I will leave on for one last digging trip to Accra in two weeks and I have also just plugged a "records wanted" ad in several Guinean newspapers. After packing the shipping container a few days ago, I left only two sets of pants,underwear & shirt and one pair of shoes. This way, once boarding the plane to NYC, I will be able to fill my entire 100 pounds airplane luggage with the vinyl that I will (hopefully) find on these last few days.
I'm already looking very forward to my first gig in NYC on Saturday the 12th of July.
Monday, May 26, 2008
May 26th 2008