There are tons of Sahelian/Saharan groups to discover after Tinariwen. Afous d’Afous is from Algeria and Kader’s love song Tarhanine Tegla is a great introduction.
Also, I took my shahada on Pi Day, four sun years ago. Alhamdulillāh. What a ride.
We found a volunteer gig at a surf school for a week, which really means free board and wetsuit rental and some surf sessions with the owner. I haven’t written about it but I think I’m in love with surfing at age 31.
“In fact, both Sullivan’s and Mounk’s complaints — that Americans appear to be isolated, viciously competitive, suspicious of one another and spiritually shallow; and that we are anxiously looking for some kind of attachment to something real and profound in an age of decreasing trust and regard — seem to be emblematic of capitalism, which encourages and requires fierce individualism, self-interested disregard for the other, and resentment of arrangements into which one deposits more than he or she withdraws. (As a business-savvy friend once remarked: Nobody gets rich off of bilateral transactions where everybody knows what they’re doing.) Capitalism is an ideology that is far more encompassing than it admits, and one that turns every relationship into a calculable exchange. Bodies, time, energy, creativity, love — all become commodities to be priced and sold. Alienation reigns. There is no room for sustained contemplation and little interest in public morality; everything collapses down to the level of the atomized individual.”