From my last few posts, you might have begun to think that ChickAboutTown is now a music blog–don’t worry, it isn’t. I f you don’t know the origin of my “Be my Guide to Your East African City” series, then I welcome you to read the very first post of this series (…and tell me your favorite restaurant in your East African city while you are at it! 😉 ). Hopefully, you’ll then realize that I’ve not suddenly become music obsessed; rather, blame the people at RunwayPassport–they’re the reason for all the music-related questions! 🙂 READ ALSO: New Music from … Continue reading Be My Guide to Your East African City #13: Where’s the Best Place to Hear Music?
Like many other things I learned from my parents, I learned to enjoy listening to live bands from them too. As a child, my parents, my siblings, and I would head out to the Hotel Ivoire Abidjan every Friday and/or Saturday night to listen to L’Orchestre Le Best (which I recently found out Lokua Kanza used to sing for! 😯 ) and have a fantastic time. Because we did this so often, in no time, I could sing along to every song the band played, and when the music got really hot, I would run up to the area in … Continue reading Be My Guide to Your East African City #12: What’s Your Favorite Local Band?
Whenever anyone makes me a mixed CD, they almost invariably put a lot of neo-soul on it. I guess they figure I’m that kind of sister. I understand where they are coming from. Among other things, I can often be seen rocking African prints and head wraps–but the truth is, although I enjoy neo-soul, I am not a big fan. My seemingly Afro-consciousness which, were I in the West might correctly point to the likelihood that I would be into neo-soul, is simply me authentically being the African woman that I am and that I was raised to be. When … Continue reading Be My Guide to Your East African City # 11: Who are the Best Local Artists?
So… it seems you didn’t have much to say about clothing stores in your East African city, or maybe you just couldn’t settle on a favorite one. Given that most women (at the very least) enjoy shopping, this should have come as a bit of a surprise to me. Frankly, I wasn’t very surprised though. If you my readers are anything like most of the East African residents that I know in person, then…well, you don’t really do most of your clothes shopping in stores locally. Am I right? READ ALSO: Community Shopping Guide: Menswear, Electronics, and More Like some … Continue reading Be My Guide to Your East African City #10: What’s the Best Bargain or Vintage Shopping Place?
There’s nothing quite like discovering a city through the eyes of those who know it best: its residents. Discovering a city this way, you’re likely to learn about the best the city has to offer, including places which may never find their way into guidebooks. For instance, you might discover a particular spot on an out-of-the-way hillside road with an enchanting view of the city nearby, or you could discover a place like the one I mentioned in my Kunduchi Beach Hotel post, which at low tide seems to be the point where the earth meets the ocean meets the … Continue reading Be My Guide to Your East African City #9: What’s the Best Local Secret Place?