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  • domo domo: new music with Joel Mejia

    June 3rd, 2009EdoheartCollaboration, Mixed Media & Multimedia

    Back in April, Joel Mejia and I got together to talk about a film project. I had met him at my cousin-in-law, Katie Yamasaki’s, show, Pintando Postales. As I remember it, I was just about to leave when he asked me if I wanted to rap over something he had been playing with. domo domo is the surprising result of our first collaboration.

    Listen below or on the Edoheart MUSIC page:

    In Nigeria, domo is one way we Edo people greet each other. You say it twice to sound twice as nice. It seemed appropriate that afternoon, looking out onto a street, watching people interact, working with Joel for the first time, to simply say “hello”.

    As usual, my vocal contributions to this piece are improvisational. I was inspired to sing a poem I wrote, published in 2003 titled, “Deepening the blush of summer roses”. That poem is at the very bottom of this post.

    It was great to work with Joel who is a sound and film artist but also a community-minded fellow. He is the founder and director of the Dare to Dream Project which is a dynamic annual media arts initiative for New York City youth and educators. Find out more about him and this amazing project at http://daretodream.ning.com/


    Deepening The Blush of Summer Roses

    In a world twisted with heat
    and mirrors, when the sun goes

    burning distant grasses,
    burning the streets,

    setting house windows ablaze,
    Echoing out of passing eyes;

    revealing halos
    on the heads of playing children,

    Then in the same manner
    as an animal relieving itself

    or a woman pleasured
    in a closed and heavy room

    Or a taut afternoon
    ripening with clouds and desire-

    In a feathered instant, unpurchased
    I will burst into light.


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