Saturday, 23 September 2017


Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

ON THIS DAY of the 91st birthday of John Coltrane, we here recall one of the most outstanding collaborations of two artistic geniuses in history: Miles Davis and John Coltrane. In this memorable April 1959 session, the Davis Quintet (Davis, trumpet; Coltrane, tenor sax; Wynton Kelly, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums – they are joined briefly towards the end by a group of trombonists who are part of the brass section of an orchestra to perform with Davis on a separate date) is playing “So what” . Davis’s solo is sensuously crisp and achingly fragile, with every single note played literally justifying its being… This is sheer beauty. Coltrane takes over and it is fascinating how, in his intro, he acknowledges the delicacy of the mood already established by Davis but confronts the question posed by the title of the composition by pitching his stall on a different plane – with those unmistakable torrents of notes, his “sheets of sound”, that mark his signature. As he takes his break, the usually reticent Davis is seen swaying to the beat as his tenorist soars. Kelly reorders the tempo, once again, as he contributes to the debate on piano and of course the irrepressible Chambers on bass (who had just turned 24!) and drummer Cobb are all redefining the state of African American classical music at such a crucial epoch in US and world history. For an excellent book on the working relationship between Miles and Trane, I recommend Farrah Jasmine Griffin and Salim Washington, Clawing at the limits of cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the greatest jazz collaboration ever (New York: St Martin’s & Thomas Dunn Books, 2008).


91st birthday of John Coltrane

(Born 23 September 1926, Hamlet, NC, United States)
ICONOCLASTIC tenor (and soprano) saxophonist and composer who, arguably, has had the most profound impact on the development of jazz, African American classical music, in the past 50 years
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Impressions” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: live, Jazz Casual Productions {host: Ralph Gleason}, 7 December 1963])

Friday, 22 September 2017

Preliminary estimates of body count from genocidist Muhammadu Buhari-ordered massacre of unarmed Igbo youth in Biafra on 14 September, 2017: “over 400 dead” (report filed Friday 22 September 2017)

By A Correspondent, Aba, 1146HRS, September 22, 2017
HARD NUMBERS on the victims of the on-going military crackdown ordered by Nigeria’s genocidist president Muhammadu Buhari have started to trickle in.

Pieces of information made available to this correspondent on the casualties of victims of the September 14, 2017 massacre of unarmed Igbo youth in just the Abia state administrative areas alone are staggering. 

The numbers that are still being compiled by field investigators who are nowhere close to the middle of their painful forensic undertaking indicate that more than 800 (eight hundred) casualties of the massacre that took place in the Afara Ibeku, Umuahia country residence of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, and its environs include “over 400 dead, 400 terminally wounded and thousands arrested and detained indefinitely in undisclosed locations without charge”.

According to the source, “investigators have recovered over 88 corpses of Igbo youths from in and around Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’s residence in Afara, Umuahia … executed by Nigerian security agencies in the night of 14 September, 2017 alone”.

Eye witnesses report that “35 dead bodies” were removed by the soldiers from the scene following their brazen massacre.  The tactic of quickly removing the bodies of their victims is indicative of the systematic and premeditated orders that soldiers who were deployed to carry out this massacre were handed by their superiors ahead of and preparatory for their deployment.

This correspondent learned that field investigators, who are still busy at work, are compiling the list of casualties in the September 14, 2017 massacre that took place in the nearby city of Aba and the other locations in the Abia state administrative area.

IT IS ON record that the governor of Abia state, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, is already implicated in the previous acts of extrajudicial executions and massacre of unarmed, non-violent agitators for a Referendum for self-determination by Igbo youth carried out by Muhammadu Buhari’s forces, known to have taken place in the Abia state area since 2015.  Dr Ikpeazu’s name is on the list of 16 individuals who have been named in the Tort suit filed in a Washington, DC, US federal court on behalf of victims by Attorney Bruce Fein’s law firm.  Also named in that suit is General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, who is also Buhari’s army chief, and 14 others.

The sources that interfaced with this correspondent cautioned that these numbers of victims of the massacre are best taken as estimates because the field investigations that are still underway are also in their early stages.

1st anniversary of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law publication on a spate of murders of Igbo people in Biafra by genocidist Nigeria occupation forces covering the period May 2016-September 2016

THIS REPORT (at link below) on the stretch of pogroms of Igbo people across Biafra by genocidist Nigeria’s Hausa-Fulani/islamists-led military occurred between May 2016 and September 2016 (not May 2017 and September 2017) was issued by the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law human rights group on 22 September 2016. The cataclysmic tenor of this genocide is clearly evident for any conscientious genocide student who observes that just changing the May and September designated dates here to 2017 – in other words focussing on current times, automatically brings forth a template of unchanging geographical arena for the perpetration of this crime against humanity but with worse deleterious outcomes.

(Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe)


Thursday, 21 September 2017

FWD: Bruce Fein reflects on genocidist Nigeria’s head of regime Muhammadu Buhari’s Tuesday 19 September 2017 so-called address to the UN general assembly, New York, US (Huffington Post, Thursday 21 September 2017)

(Bruce Fein ... influential constitutional scholar)

BRUCE FEIN,  “Nigerian dictator Buhari’s U.N. hypocrisies”, Huffington Post, Thursday 21 September 2017 (accessed 21 September 2017)


108th birthday of Kwame Nkrumah

(Born 21 September 1909, Nkroful, Ghana)
INFLUENTIAL philosopher and theorist of an encompassing African World*consciousness and first president of contemporary Ghana, July 1960, following the 6 March 1957 restoration-of-independence after a century of the British conquest, occupation and immiseration
*Africans in Africa continent, Europe, the Americas, the MiddleEast, Asia, Australasia, wherever else on earth
(Jackie McLean Sextet, “Appointment in Ghana” [personnel: McLean, alto saxophone; Blue Mitchell, trumpet; Tina Brooks, tenor saxophone; Kenny Drew, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Art Taylor, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 1 September 1960])

81st birthday of Sunny Murray

(Born 21 September 1936, Idabel, Oklahoma, US)
ONE OF LEADING innovative jazz drummers in the 1950s/1960s who frees the drums from the “traditional” time-keeping role in the music ensemble, with the drums now engaging more proactively and continuously in multiple-centred dialogues with other instruments whose soloists resultantly feel less inhibited by time in their own creative enterprise
(Albert Ayler Trio, “Ghosts – first variation” [personnel: Ayler, tenor saxophone; Gary Peacock, bass; Sunny Murray, drums; recorded: ESP-Disk, New York, 10 July 1965])