Welcome to Palestine

April 30, 2018

View of Ramallah

April 30, 2018

Here is a view of Ramallah during my time in Palestine

Remembering Dr. D’s 10 year Death Anniversary

February 9, 2018

Today is the 10 year death anniversary of my college professor. His name was John Alfred Dennis, better known to his students as Dr. D.

Dr. D not only taught classes at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA but also taught courses at City College of San Francisco and at Edward Shans Adult School in East School. On his weekends, Dr. D was a lay chaplain in the San Francisco jails where he did prison ministry. Dr. D. was studying to become a deacon in 2008.

Those of us who were blessed to have him as a professor will say the same thing: He loved teaching and he loved his students.

I was one of those blessed students. Dr. D made a deep impact in my life. Dr. D was our Jaime Escalante. Instead of Ganas it was Kekenewe. The long version was Kekenewe Simbabale Bobo! He was a very charismatic man who went above and beyond for his students. Dr. D was a very gifted professor who found a way to connect to all his students.

I love and missed Dr. D. No amount of words can do Justice to the hundreds of lives that he deeply impacted. The best way is for you the reader to see for yourself.

Below is a memorial video shot by one of his beloved students, Gus Guardado. Gus is also working on a documentary to bring Dr. D’s story to life. Please help us spread the voice of Dr. D. I am sure that his story will inspire and touch some of you.

Here is a short video of me talking about the deep impact Dr. D made in my life.

If you are interested in supporting the Dr. D documentary project please reach out with your contact info and I will connect you to Gus.

 

Remembering the Life of Hugh Masekela

January 23, 2018

The great South African Hugh Masekela passed away today at the age of 78 after a battle with Prostate Cancer. I was very fortunate to attend several of his shows. I became a fan of Masekela when I study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Masekela’s Bring Back Nelson Mandela, was an anti-apartheid anthem that introduced him and his music to people from various parts of the world.

Masekela was a very funny man. He demonstrated his sense of humor on stage. He was so charismatic on  stage. Hugh, the Father of South African Jazz, will be greatly missed.

Here are some of the songs that I was able to record from some of Masekela shows that I attended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dia De Los Dodgers

October 31, 2017

Dodgers beat Houston 3-1 to force a Game 7. 1st time Dodger Stadium will be hosting a Game 7. 

I am so HAPPY! Let’s Go DODGERS!

Recordando A Violeta Parra En Sus 100 años

October 4, 2017

El 4 de Octubre en Chile se celebra El Dia De La Musica Chilena. Es en honor para conmemorar el nacimiento de la gran Chilena, Violeta Parra. Hoy, fue un dia muy especial para todos que aprecian la musica de Violeta Parra. Hoy se estaba festejando los 100 años de nuestra querida Violeta.

La Musica de Violeta me ha inspirado e impactado en varias formas. Tambien me inspiro en escribir un poema que lo escribi como una oracion. Aqui se los comparto.

Oracion a Violeta Parra

Violeta Parra,

Madre del Folclor Chileno,

servidora de los mas marginados,

amiga de los Mapuches,

damos gracias a nuestro Dios

por tu luz que ilumina nuestro camino.

 

Tu fuiste la que rescataste nuestra cultura folclorica

y la actualizaste para conectar a tu pueblo con su canto.

Tu supiste usar tu guitarra y servir a tu querido Chile.

Tu construiste la nueva cancion Chilena con amor

y le diste alas para viajar por todo el mundo

Como folclorista,

nos llamas a estar siempre al lado de la justicia,

comprometernos con los procesos sociales,

Y vivir nuestras vidas con un sentimiento solidario.

Tu nos inspiras con tus cantos, pinturas, decimas y sentido de humor.

Nos muestras que para ser feliz tenemos que amar y servir a los mas necesitados.

Danos la fortaleza de ser autenticos con nuestros dones

y vivir nuestras vidas para el bien de la humanidad.

Haz que el egoismo y la embidia no sea un cancer en nuestro camino

y que tengamos la fuerza de sobrasalir los obstaculos en nuestras vidas.

Violeta Parra,

Hija de Latinoamerica Unida

Compañera de los pobres

ruega por todos nosotros.

Amen.

 

Los dejo con unas canciones que me han impactado.

 

 

 

 

Long Live Fela 

August 2, 2017

Today is the 20th death anniversary of Fela Kuti.

Here is one of my favorite quotes by Fela.

Is Yu Darvish The Answer To Dodgers’ October Blues?

July 31, 2017

The Dodgers pulled the biggest coup d’etat in today’s MLB trading deadline by landing Yu Darvish for 3 prospects with Willie Calhoun being the biggest piece being sent to the Rangers.

This trade almost never happen but somehow it came together in the final minutes before the deadline.

The addition of Darvish only strengthens the Dodgers rotation who have been doing an amazing job this year. That along with the Dodgers’ bullpen who have stepped up big time and just added two great lefty relievers from the Pirates and Reds.

The Dodgers achilles heel in October has been pitching and this year the Dodgers became aggresive and went out to make it better.

With the Dodgers being owners of the best record in MLB, it is safe to speculate now that without the Dodgers going to the World Series, this whole year will be a huge disappointment. Dodgers haven’t gone to the World Series since 1988 and 29 years after are in a position to make it happen. Could Yu Darvish be the answer that will put the Dodgers into the World Series? Could Darvish and Kershaw team up to end the Dodgers World Series drought? Having the best record in Baseball doesn’t mean anything if you can win 11 games in October. 

We shall see how the postseason turns out but for now the Dodgers have put themselves in position to go to the World Series for the 1st time since 1988. Let’s hope they get the same results of 1988.

We are all wounded healers 

June 30, 2017

The main question is not, ‘How can we hide our wounds?’ so we don’t have to be embarrased, but ‘How can we hide our wounds?’

Set list From 1st Prophets of Rage Show at The Whisky A Go Go

May 31, 2017

I am framing this soon.