I’d started this blog back in July not knowing where I’d go with it. I simply had my love of guitar to go with. When I’d started it, it wasn’t called Guitarkadia. I called it the very boring ‘The Guitars Blog.’ Put myself to sleep thinking about it.
Guitarkadia came to me on the A train, returning from work. I had struggled with naming the blog for days by then. It seemed any word with the letters g-u-i-t-a-r in them were out there as a domain. Guitarkadia was scribbled alongside some hideous names. It stuck. The domain name was available.
Then it started to piece together. There is no point in competing with the thousands of sites and magazines out there devoted to this instrument. The blog, I decided eventually, would be about me trying to capture the world of guitar as I experience it. Today is also my baby nephew’s first birthday; Happy Birthday!
One more thing. I’ve decided to give free guitar lessons here. Watch out. 😉
Now, some music!
I found out about the African Guitar Festival couple of days before the event. The day of: I packed my camera and camcorder and set out to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Two things: it’s a guitar festival, and I’d never attended a concert there. I had no idea who was playing and I wouldn’t have known who they were even if someone had told me their names.
Let me tell you – it is one of the best outdoor concert experiences I’ve had in years. I’ll be sharing clips and photos from each of the 5 performers in the coming days. I even had the good fortune of interviewing one of the performers, the awesome Yossi Fine.
Extra Golden had played most of the set by the time I got there. Caught couple of songs in full and was able to record one song (the one below). It wasn’t easy switching between camcorder and camera during a song. However, I think my first stab at it is not too shabby.
‘Tis the season of change. Extra Golden’s roots are in Nairobi, Kenya. We know someone who’s about to make history has roots in Kenya – you know who. Guess what, Extra Golden has a song about him.