Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Josephine Baker Show

Friday TOTH had Josephine Baker in the house. It was a magical show.

Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the "Black Pearl," "Bronze Venus" and even the "Creole Goddess". Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine later became a citizen of France in 1937. She was fluent in both English and French.
Josephine Baker was an American singer, dancer and night club performer who achieved fame in Paris in the 1920s. She was also known for being a civil rights advocate and for fighting racism. What is less known is that she was also a lesbian or bisexual woman.

Josephine Baker was a sex symbol of her time and she had many notable lovers, both male and female. She had lovers in Europe and in the United States and she dated both Black and White men and women. Many of her biographies fail to mention her female lovers.

Baker’s Banana Dance is probably one of the most famous dances during that era.
Whether it’s the bananas or the way she moves with them, this dance has gone down in history and is something every dancer should know about.

Josephine Baker had a style all to her own.  Her unique aesthetic and bold choreography are still studied today as paradigms of 20s and 30s vernacular jazz movements.  Not only is she an important figure in the Swing world, but her political significance trumps many of her contemporaries. She was the first African American female to star in motion pictures and to perform at a racially integrated American Concert Hall. She aided the French resistance in WWII which won her the prestigious military award of the Croix de Guerre and she is especially noted for her contributions to the American Civil Rights movement in the 1970s.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Racker is back at T.R.A.C.S.
T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Plaza on River Island


Saturday we have an African Party. It is not for the first time we have this theme
http://christo-second-live.blogspot.nl/2013/12/africa-night-party-at-tracs_15.html?zx=83343cb05e3a9a4c. What make this party so special is that it is the first time that DJ Racker will deejay after his stroke, some months ago.

Africa is a hit single by rock band Toto, and is one of the band's most recognizable songs. It was included on their 1982 album Toto IV, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1983 and number three on the UK Singles Chart the same month. The song was written by the band's keyboardist/vocalist David Paich and drummer Jeff Porcaro.

Africa continues to be played at all of Toto's live concerts. It was also sung by Paich at the 2009 Millennium Development Goals Awards Ceremony.

The initial idea for the song came from David Paich. Jeff Porcaro explains the idea behind the song: "... a white boy is trying to write a song on Africa, but since he's never been there, he can only tell what he's seen on TV or remembers in the past."

David Paich said: "At the beginning of the '80s I watched a late night documentary on TV about all the terrible death and suffering of the people in Africa. It both moved and appalled me and the pictures just wouldn't leave my head. I tried to imagine how I'd feel about if I was there and what I'd do."

Musically the song took quite some time to assemble, as Paich and Porcaro explain:
"On 'Africa' you hear a combination of marimba with GS 1. The kalimba is all done with the GS 1; it's six tracks of GS 1 playing different rhythms. I wrote the song on CS-80, so that plays the main part of the entire tune."

Music video
The music video was directed by Steve Barron. In the video, a researcher in a library (portrayed by band member David Paich) tries to match a scrap of a picture to the book from which it was torn out. As he continues his search, a black female librarian working at a desk takes occasional notice of him, while a native in the surrounding jungle begins to close in on the library. When the researcher finds a book entitled Africa, the native throws a spear, toppling stacks of books. Africa falls open to the page from which the scrap was torn, but a lantern lands on it and sets it on fire, after which the librarian's eyeglasses are shown falling to the floor. The scenes are intercut with shots of a spinning globe and the band performing atop a stack of hardcover books.
This video also features Mike Porcaro on bass, replacing David Hungate who had already left Toto before the video was made.

Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Van Nuys in Greater Los Angeles, California. The band's current lineup consists of Joseph Williams (lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Steve Lukather (guitars, vocals), and Keith Carlock (drums). Original bass player David Hungate is currently scheduled to tour with Toto as a guest musician, as Mike Porcaro is too ill to tour. Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B and jazz.

David Paich and Jeff Porcaro had played together as session musicians on several albums and decided to form a band. David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and Bobby Kimball were recruited before their first album release. The band enjoyed great commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the band's eponymous debut released in 1978. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Toto IV (1982), Toto became one of the best-selling music groups of their era. They are best known for the Top 5 hits "Hold the Line", "Rosanna", and "Africa". Several changes to the lineup have been made over the years. In 2008, Lukather announced his departure from the band, and the remaining band members later went their separate ways. In the summer of 2010, Toto reformed and went on a short European tour, with a new lineup, to benefit Mike Porcaro, who had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and is no longer an active member of the band.

 A editing job done by Trey Compton; I am a huge fan of Toto. This editing job was not meant to be a mockery of this song but a glorification and a clarification of the pure genius that is: "Africa."

↓ Cover of a Slovenian jazz group

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Friday Tim and I went to the Theatre On The Hill.
On the invite was written:
Good day all TotH Fans, Some of you want early announcements to plan when they can be on line to join our shows and cabarets.
Next Friday (12th) Twerton presents us his new show 'Strictly from Dixie' we start at 1 PM.  At the attached poster you can see what kind of songs we perform for you. 
Two picture of the show.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is perhaps Roald Dahl’s best-known story. Saturday 13th it is also Roald Dahl's birthday. Only the best chocolate will be served. There is L$2000 to win for best in theme.
I think Willy Wonka was favorite at our party but all the guest did a great job to come in theme
Willy Wonka is a character in Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and the film adaptations of these books that followed. The book and the film adaptations both vividly depict an odd Wonka, a phoenix-like man arising from his creative and eccentric genius. He bewilders the other characters with his antics, but Charlie enjoys Wonka's behavior. In the 2005 film adaptation, Willy Wonka's behavior is viewed more as a sympathetic character flaw. Wonka's reasons for giving away his fabulous factory are never revealed in the books, but in the 1971 film adaptation, Wonka tells Charlie he "can't live forever", so he wanted to find a sweet child he could trust his candy making secrets to.
Here are my snapshots!
Group Notice From: Sweetgrass Sim Group by Ganymede Gynoid
Sweetgrass celebrated the start of the new university year with a great party where alumni, students and staff danced together on DJ Rik's excellent set. I suppose many of them slept the whole next day, suffering from a hangover... but it was worth it! The contest is won by Christo, Matthias, Brice, Joeh and Akira, congrats boys!
You can see all pictures at "http://sweetgrassparties.weebly.com/index.html ". Press Play at the left top to start. Picture are made by Gany

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Plaza on River Island


Chocolate Salty Balls Lyrics

Two tablespoons of cinnamon and two or three egg whites
 A half a stick of butter, melted, stick it all in a bowl
 Baby, stir it with a wooden spoon
 Mix in a cup of flour you'll be in heaven soon

Say everybody have you seen my balls?
 They're big and salty and brown
 If you ever need a quick pick me up
 Just stick my balls in your mouth

Oh, suck on my chocolate salty balls
 Put 'em in your mouth and suck 'em
 Suck on my chocolate salty balls
 They're packed vitamins
 And good for you, so suck on balls

Pour in a cup of unsweetened chocolate
 And a half a cup of brandy
 Then throw in a bag or two of sugar
 And just a pinch of vanilla

Grease up the cookie sheet
 'Cause I hate when my balls stick
 Then preheat the oven to threefifty
 And give that spoon a lick

Say everybody have you seen my balls?
 They're big and salty and brown
 If you ever need a quick pick me up
 Just stick my balls in your mouth

Oh, suck on my chocolate salty balls
 Put 'em in your mouth and suck 'em
 Suck on my chocolate salty balls
 They're packed full of goodness
 And high in fiber, so suck on balls

Hey, wait a minute, what's that smell?
 It smells like somethings burning
 Well, that don't bother me none
 As long as I get my rent paid on Friday
 Baby, you better get back in the kitchen
 'Cause I got a sneak suspicion

Oh man, baby, baby, you just burnt my balls
 My balls are on fire, come on
 My balls are burning, gimme some water
 Pour some water on 'em, o goodness
 Blow on them, do something

Say everybody have you seen my balls?
 They're big and salty and brown
 (They're on fire baby)
 If you ever need a quick pick me up
 Just stick my balls in your mouth

Oh, suck on my chocolate salty balls
 Put 'em in your mouth and suck 'em
 (Put 'em out, blow on 'em)
 Suck on my balls baby

Suck on my balls, baby
 Suck on my red hot salty chocolate balls
 Woo, woo, suck on my balls
 (Blow, blow, blow)


Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown, food preparation of Theobroma cacao seeds, roasted and ground, often flavored, as with vanilla. It is made in the form of a liquid, paste or in a block or used as a flavoring ingredient in other sweet foods. Cacao has been cultivated by many cultures for at least three millennia in Mexico and Central America. The earliest evidence of use traces to the Mokaya, with evidence of chocolate beverages dating back to 1900 BC. In fact, the majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Mayans and Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl, a Nahuatl word meaning "bitter water". The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor.
After fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted. The shell is removed to produce cacao nibs, which are then ground to cocoa mass, pure chocolate in rough form. Because the cocoa mass is usually liquefied before being molded with or without other ingredients, it is called chocolate liquor. The liquor also may be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Unsweetened baking chocolate (bitter chocolate) contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, a combination of cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat, and sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids.

Cocoa solids are one of the richest sources of flavanol antioxidants. They also contain alkaloids such as theobromine, phenethylamine and caffeine. These have physiological effects on the body and are linked to serotonin levels in the brain. Some research has found that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure. The presence of theobromine renders chocolate toxic to some animals, especially dogs and cats.

Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and a vast number of foodstuffs involving chocolate have been created. Chocolate chip cookies have become very common, and very popular, in most parts of Europe and North America. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages such as chocolate milk and hot chocolate.

Although cocoa originated in the Americas, today Western Africa produces almost two-thirds of the world's cocoa, with Côte d'Ivoire growing almost half of it.

European Union regulations require dark chocolate to have at least 60% cocoa solids, milk chocolate 25%, and white chocolate none.