Yesterday we finally made to the Sackler to see Encompassing the Globe, which I had written about earlier. It was amazing to examine the detailed maps from several hundred years ago and see the coastline of Morocco clearly delineated with a string of forts, nearly all of which still exist. It's funny to think that either, or both, MoBob and myself could easily be speaking Portuguese, because of the settlements in Morocco and the Catholic missions in the Philippines.
We arrived in time to watch The Gypsies Band from Sri Lanka play a selection of Afro-Brazilian-Sri Lankan baila music, which is very folksy and danceable. As one of the speakers said, "Baila is what we play after the foreigners leave." Afro-Brazilian-Sri Lankan sounds like one of those combinations impossible to imagine, like...Filipino-Moroccan?
Ile de Mogador Island, Essaouira, Atlantic Coast, Morocco
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