I felt so good, sometimes ago, last summer, when browsing YouTube, I came across a video of “ El Gusto” Group Orchestra, during its passage at the RockefellerCenter, in New York, taken by aficionado of the Chaabi Music of Algiers. Which exhibition unfortunately I missed, alas! Then, after show, it’s averred to be a grandiose manifestation of a coterie of remaining talented artists , who were still alive, belonging from all of the communities that existed in Algiers before the events of 1962. Which venue reunites them to un orchestra, thanks to a lit’le bout- de- femme, named Safinez with a tremendous talent, for a unique Concert in the history of the Chaabi music of all times. And that event will make history for the next coming generations of fans, for sure. There were a golden time for the Algerian Chaabi music, a Blues Genre in the Algerian music repertoires in the 60’s, that was just after the Independence of Algeria.
—Once in a while—
___….AND HERE IT IS!…___
_Spring is here, Brooklyn is blooming.
Happy, but a lit’le upset, I would be glad, and more if I had an Algerian Goldfinch “Makneen”, my pet caged bird, then I would put some music Chaabi, a Blues genre, open the window, have a cup of Algerian green tea mint, and just sit, and write.
My Aim, five years ago, it was an invitation to the people of Algiers for a plea, a petition to make this day –the 21st of March– the Mackneen Day, an Emblem of Algiers City, the capital of Algeria, since it is a symbol of Freedom, for the Liberation of Algeria from the French colonization of the country during 132 years of occupation. The plea was in homage to El Baji, who wrote the lyrics, and sung it for the first time, the El Ankis, another Algerian singer, Dahmane El Harachi, El Hachemi, and all the other masters of Algerian Chaabi Music, a Blues genre, whom they sung_ El Mackneen, afterward, the Chardonneret, or if you like, the Goldfinch.
It didn’t work all this time , so I persisted in blogging about small things, peculiar to the subject, like the environment in wich the bird is living, the anarchic breeding, the people who bird breed , and the disaster that the urbanization caused, the housing projects, pollution, and all these factors that concurred to endangered the very existence of the Goldfinch, because it is the first thing obvious and an alarming fact, that it became hard to find in nature, and I was brooding around as much as I can to acknowledge people about it, but, it was not in vain.
Dear Reader, guess what!
It’s amazing! Today, I have a five years Anniversary blogging with WordPress.com, and a congratulation reward. An achievement, finally my blog got a name,” Mackneen,The Algerian Goldfinch
_ a “Name; though it seem a superficial and outward matter, yet it carrieth much impression and enchantment.”__ Francis Bacon
It’s a consolation, about the stats of the whole period of blogging, it’s a meager score: 2000 hits, 200 likes, and 100 followers, but I got comments, from writers, poets, photographers, and very nice people from all around the world.
Still I have a year to go untill the next Spring! Inch’ Allah, Isn’t it?
_You hold My achievements on your hands,
so please, don’t forget to click on the Like button, before you leave the page; it’s for a good cause, and a noble ideal: the protection of endangered species, among others, like the Goldfinch, and many others poor little things that still, they are knocking about
Have a nice day
Hello there, few more days, and spring is here!
“So what! is it insane to mule about ? to have put it in a cage? it’s my pet!” you may said that, it’s your right, and I totally agree with you. You can even have an alligator, or a boa constrictor with free shipping delivered directly to your door. So, are you ready to set him free, the little dude? not the alligator, I mean the Goldfinch? you do? do you know that there is more than a hundred thousand birds “Mackneen”, a goldfinch in cages, just in Algiers, the Capital of Algeria only to cite it as an example, besides the rest of cities in the country. So, imagine that’s actually exist one bird per a cage in a house, then if we count per habitat, then we do the Math, provided that just as it is existential for you to be free, and leave free, think about “it”, so be the first, get some guts open the damn cage, and just do it! just like that: and baby fly, yes baby, fly!
I saw in YouTube a video of some teens freeing a couple of goldfinch from cage. Provided that someone stumble upon my blog and by chance had read my post in the past, or by instinct, took action just like that, it makes my day and I am happy.