My apologies for only catching up with you a few moments ago, I had not followed the rest of this thread until now.
Mozart (as represented in Amadeus) is of course greater than old but sublime Beethoven (as per A clockwork Orange : Beethoven's 9th ) even if both are German. Just as velvet Brother Johnny Hartman has a greater range of voice, phrasing etc, even if Frankie Boy had an infinitely greater output.
In the same mode, I should like to ask you, who is greater Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara or Julius Maada Bio, the SLPP soldier who promoted himself to the rank “Brigadier” ? Albert Akpata Margai or Ernest O' Bai Koroma? Brigadier David Lansana or Brigadier Andrew Terence Juxon-Smith ? Johnny Paul Koroma or Foday Sankoh? In your own words, “Which of these geniuses would the world be better off without?”
Yes, I know that you are a serious person; I was just kidding...
It was seven days ago since you wrote what I am now responding to, in which time Alhaji Yumkella who neither of us believes is the Messiah and despite all that diaspora hype, hysteria and diarrhea, the poor fellow garnered less than 7% of the popular vote ( and even there, some people probably voted more than once, with both arms and legs) perhaps confirming for them ( in their hearts if not in their minds) the saying that “ a prophet has no honour in his own country”.
That too could be your own fate, as self-confessed about the later trends in what you say was once your country :
“Sierra Leonean politics continues to be a riddle for me. I have come to terms with the reality that the country I grew up in is no more and I cannot relate to what has replaced it. I cannot reconcile myself to important national issues debated in Krio; I cannot understand that Sierra Leone is more illiterate in 2018 than in 1961. I am confused by the relentless and ruthless pursuit of electoral victory alongside total bankruptcy of vision and utter incompetence in the management of national affairs. I am Mende, and Sierra Leone under the APC is no country for a Mende! “
You are Mende, I am Yoruba. We are getting on in years, growing older by the day. It reminds me the first line of Yeats' Sailing to Byzantium :“That is no country for old men”
You say that “Sierra Leone under the APC is no country for a Mende!” ? This could be particularly more so for the Sierra Leone Yoruba too, comparatively speaking, after all Brother Victor Foh is Mende, is an APC man and is the Vice-president of Sierra Leone, so how could you be crying so loudly? Methinks thou dost protest too much !
You may think that the process whereby Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara was chosen to be APC flag bearer was
“ underhanded and distasteful” - perhaps not less distasteful than Alhaji Kabbah's direct appointment of Solomon Berewah as the SLPP flag bearer in 2007 , which does not disqualify Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara from being what in my opinion is a GOOD man.
As to the fate of Alhaji Yumkella, we are to suppose that it will be consonant with his avowed commitment to putting “Sierra Leone first “ and he could be useful sitting on the NGC opposition benches in Parliament , just as Ernest Bai Koroma sat on the opposition benches in parliament for ten good years before winning that presidential election of 2007...
Perhaps the riddle of his immediate fate could be more easily solved if , instead of throwing his whole weight behind either the APC or the SLPP, he were to - in advance extend a very patriotic olive branch to whoever wins the runoff, by saying that he will make himself available as an adviser or consultant in the many areas where he could be an asset to whichever government.
By the way, according to the latest survey, our neighbour Finland is the happiest country in the world . In the early seventies of the last century I used to take the boat trip to Ruissalo - the Ruisrock festival, the oldest rock festival in Europe and in the eighties was at Tempere with Joseph Tarawallie, there's also the annual Pori Jazz Festival , in the days of Tasavallan Presidentti - Piirpauke - Wigwam - Pekka Pohjola etc,
otherwise I suppose that it should be difficult for you to imagine how a country with such a climate could be the happiest people in the world - so let me tempt you with a question that you really don't have to answer : who do you think would make Sierra Leoneans happiest, Samura Kamara or Maada Bio ? It is of course a question that the Sierra Leone people will be putting to the test on 27th of March this year and let us pray that the NEC will purge itself of any of the imperfections that have no place in a neutral and corruption-free NEC....
For you :
Jan Johansson ( pianist ) : Jazz in Swedish
Esbjörn Svensson (pianist) E.S.T Esbjörn Svensson Trio : : From Gagarin's point of view
Max Schultz ( guitarist