songs for the road

Songs for the Road No. 20: A Soundtrack for a Road Trip Through the Namibian Wilderness

Namibia

If you ever find yourself on a Namibian road trip, you’ll want to have a healthy collection of music to accompany you on the long drives. Here are some suggestions: The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Ladysmith Black Mambazo & the Mint Juleps Even though jungles are nonexistent in Namibia and lions don’t live in jungles […]

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Songs for the Road No. 19: A Soundtrack for a San Francisco Dia de los Muertos

California

Day of the Dead has come and yet again I’m wishing I could experience it in Mexico. But as always, I’m also looking forward to the festivities here in San Francisco. In a city that loves to party publicly from May to October, Day of the Dead always seems to signal a transition into a […]

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7 Songs for an Epic and Introspective Journey

slow travel

Certain songs have a way of pulling you into your travels. They draw you closer to the heart of your journey with tempos that evoke the rolling of wheels and landscapes drifting by. Their melodies and harmonies are ethereal and the voices are brimming with passion. Their lyrics tell tales of relentless wanderers, roads to […]

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Songs for the Road No. 18: Underground American Hip Hop Music I Discovered in Berlin

Germany

For a long time, I’ve been intrigued by the ability for so many different kinds of music to permeate Europe years before Americans will give the same music a chance — if they ever do at all. In high school, I entered a phase where I began to explore the possibilities of music beyond the […]

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Songs for the Road No. 17: The Blues and Contentment in Berlin

eats and drinks

The cloud infused evening sunlight gives the city a golden glow and the gracefulness of dusk prophesizes the night’s mood. I walk across the Oberbaum Bridge from Friedrichshain to Kreuzberg where huge murals by Blu welcome me to the neighborhood. This is my first time crossing into what used to be the former West Berlin. […]

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Songs for the Road No. 16: Highlife Brings Me Home

Ghana

When you’re the daughter of immigrants and when you move around a lot as a kid, the idea of “home” can be an elusive thing. It’s not necessarily a stationary location. Home is where you create it or maybe a state of mind. But still, your deepest roots can remain in one place. I remember […]

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Songs for the Road No. 15: Love and Cumbia in Mexico City

Mexico

That night, the air was thick with celebration and imminent rain. It was clear that the festive atmosphere would stand its ground despite the upcoming storm. Earlier that evening, Mexico had won the Under 17 World Cup Games that the country had been hosting that summer. In the final moments of the last match, the […]

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Songs for the Road No. 14: Discovering Afro-Brazil Through Banda Didá, An All Female Drumming Ensemble

Brazil

When I look back at the time I spent volunteering in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in 2006, it seems so natural, so inevitable that I would end up in there at some point in my life. I often forget about what drew me to it in the first place: Banda Didá, an all female drumming […]

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