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Tinie Tempah of the 2000s of African Heritage - The New

Yes! A son of Africa (Ghana), now a megastar in the UK and I dare say the World. Only little in stature but massive in music. Maybe its time for us older folks to look beyond those ...[read more]

Osibisa the Iconic Africa Group of the 70s - The Old

I get my inspiration for my music by listening to both the old and new artists that meet my criteria to qualify for the title of "The Musician's Musician". This week I give you two ...[read more]

Keeping it Real

I have taken the plunge to put fear aside and embrace music. The transition is going to be long, painful yet pleasant. Long because I have to make a careful transition into being a ...[read more]

The Musician’s Musician

I get the most pleasure from music by listening to it rather than dancing for entertainment. I mean really listen to it. How the different instruments interact,, how the musicians ...[read more]

Music is Me and I am Music

Music is me, I am music. I don’t mean just listening to music. No! Well that too, but listening is just a fraction of what music means to me. I live and breathe music every moment of my ...[read more]

Introducing African Music Lovers (AML)

Africa has some of the greatest music talents in the World! I do not say this lightly. Take a tour around the World of music: Jazz, Latin Rhythm and Blues, Traditional and contemporay ...[read more]

The Zambezi Experience

It took me a lifetime to have the courage to do what I really love to do because I was afraid of what people might think about me. You see, I belong to a community and generation that do ...[read more]

Why I started Zambezi Experience..

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." You only live once and I believe having a go at something is certainly better than not trying at all. Music has always been my ...[read more]

Time is so precious

Sometimes I feel like time is running away from me. There are so many things I want to do, so many things I can do, so many things I am doing now, that consumes so much of my time that ...[read more]

Finally, my very own blog!

Hello & Welcome to My World... My name is Bunton Cole I am a singer, song-writer of a band called "The Zambezi Experience" I am also a qualified teacher teaching Maths and ICT at ...[read more]

Tinie Tempah of the 2000s of African Heritage – The New

Yes! A son of Africa (Ghana), now a megastar in the UK and I dare say the World. Only little in stature but massive in music. Maybe its time for us older folks to look beyond those hoodies and bum trousers (we wore hipsters in the 60s, didn’t we?) and see the talent inside….

Tinie is my choice this week of The Young with his massive hit: Pass Out. The lyrics? maybe its the sign of the times and culture he finds himself in. Whatever it is… i love what this boy does and I sure can learn from him….

Enjoy Pass Out.. with some high spirit…. Maybe a shot of whiskey? Whatever makes you happy…..

 

 

 

Osibisa the Iconic Africa Group of the 70s – The Old

I get my inspiration for my music by listening to both the old and new artists that meet my criteria to qualify for the title of “The Musician’s Musician”.

This week I give you two artist from both the old and new generations. Osibisa and Tinie Tempah…

Osibisa of the 1970s were iconic and rank as my best African group of the 1970s. They played jazz, dance Afro and a wide range of genres, yet always maintained their African signature with their drumming, accent, rhythm or sound effects. Osibisa were simply great… Listen to this track Flying Bird and enjoy some peace and beauty…

 

The Perfect Combination

A combination of the energy and vitality of youth and the wisdom and experience of the old would be the perfect combination. Wouldn’t it? Although they can be a bit of a pain in the a— (I call one of my maths group “The wild bunch”. They are post 16s. I feel drained after my class with them). But I love working with young people because of their energy and open mindedness. They are like new computers without the damage of time or rough usage. They only need the right program and competent users to get the best out of them. In a way they are both strong but vulnerable. Strong because of the absence of wear and tear and vulnerable because of their lack of experience and wisdom and their excess adrenaline. I belong to the old school, with the wisdom of time, experience and knowledge (which the young lacks). Imagine a combination of the two – youthful energy and aged wisdom. What a combination that would be! Continue reading

Keeping it Real

I have taken the plunge to put fear aside and embrace music. The transition is going to be long, painful yet pleasant. Long because I have to make a careful transition into being a musician and I’m not exactly young anymore. Painful because there is bound to be negative criticism. But who cares? I am doing it this time for me! Pleasant because there is no feeling in the World greater than looking forward, on a Friday afternoon at work, to doing what I enjoy the most in a few hours time… composing, arranging and playing music! I stop short of saying that it’s better than sex. But it’s damn close, and besides I have to come home to my darling wife… Continue reading

The Musician’s Musician

I get the most pleasure from music by listening to it rather than dancing for entertainment. I mean really listen to it. How the different instruments interact,, how the musicians communicate, The dynamic of human voice and instruments and  the artistry and beauty in  the music. I also enjoy how the vocals hamonise and blend with the sounds of the instruments. And finally the percussive components (different drums, symbols and other percussions and how they blend with the rest of the music is simply magic. As an African, the sound of the drums is more than just music. It is spiritual. The African drums, when played by and expert, enables me to transend the physical self. It is simply magic. Continue reading

Music is Me and I am Music

Music is me, I am music. I don’t mean just listening to music. No! Well that too, but listening is just a fraction of what music means to me. I live and breathe music every moment of my life. At work, with friends, in Church, at parties. While my friends are talking politics or blowing their own trumpets, or reminiscing I am thinking music, I am making music in my head or I am dancing. I bet some of my friends call me weird. I remember at one of our Boy’s Nights at Dez’ place one of my friends commented “Bunton you are always so silent and smiling…” What he meant was “Man, are you stupid or what, don’t you have anything to say?” What he doesn’t realise was at that very moment I was coming up with one of my hit tunes NOSTALGIA! Don’t get me wrong… I can engage in serious conversation and focus on work, family, solve complex problems and manage projects competently (how else could I have achieved university training, teach maths and IT to adults  or progressed in my various jobs)? but when I am not engaged in those boring things. I am music and music is me! Continue reading

Introducing African Music Lovers (AML)

The Great Manu Dibango

Africa has some of the greatest music talents in the World! I do not say this lightly. Take a tour around the World of music: Jazz, Latin Rhythm and Blues, Traditional and contemporay African music and listen (really listen) and you’ll see (or hear) what I mean. The photograph on the left is that of the Father of Afro-Jazz, Manu Dibango (from Caneroon) who conquered The World of Jazz in the US of A. I believe that African music is the next bigh thing on the World music stage. Mirian Makeba, Osibisa, Paul Simon, Fela, Alpha Blondy, Continue reading

The Zambezi Experience

It took me a lifetime to have the courage to do what I really love to do because I was afraid of what people might think about me. You see, I belong to a community and generation that do not respect mucicians or the Arts because they are either drunks or/and sex add

The Zambezi Experience at New Addington

icts… Talking about killing creativity and stupidity! But once I shed that mental shackle I became totally committed to doing (yes doing) music.  I set up The Zambezi Experience (band), African Music Lovers (facebook group) and now doing the musician’s musician DJing  (Facebook), all as tokens of my love for and my commitment to music. The music I produce will be testament to my creativity – (the talent that I kept under a bushel for over 40 years). But now that it’s out there’s no stopping me. Join me and experience my creation and contribution to the World of music and for music lovers…

The Zambezi Experience is Bunton, Emile and Kwaku. Bunton Emile and Kwaku are the Zambezi Experience. Together with our musician friends we make and play beautiful Palm Wine music for music lovers. We make the Indie crowd ask for more, more, more! We make our African audience feel elated and nostalgic. We produce and play responsible and beautiful Palm Wine music with jazz, Latin and House flavour but diffinitely African.

The Zambezi Experience is going places. We are going to be the best African band in the UK. Join me on my quest….

 

Why I started Zambezi Experience..

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” You only live once and I believe having a go at something is certainly better than not trying at all.

Music has always been my passion but growing up in Sierra Leone in those days, any profession other than being an Accountant or a Lawyer was frowned upon. Very few people had the courage to pursue their dreams especially if they were in an environment that look down on such ‘pleasurable interests’. Sadly I wasn’t one of them and I hid my talent under a bushel for many years… Continue reading

Time is so precious

Sometimes I feel like time is running away from me. There are so many things I want to do, so many things I can do, so many things I am doing now, that consumes so much of my time that its time I ask myself:  “What is truly important in you life?”. Once I find the answer then I can discard, or put on hold, the less important things, and focus (truly focus) on what really matters to me and mine. Time is running out. I’ve got to make my move before its too late.. Its time to act.

I think I know the answer to my question. Yes I’m certain I do. But I have been afraid to commit myself fully to it for fear of what others might think of or say about me. But life’s experience has taught me (this late in life) Continue reading

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