Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Music of Zomba Prison - Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes


Anderson Cooper had a story on 60 Minutes about The Music Of Zomba Prison.

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60 Minutes Overtime - The Malawi Mouse Boys:

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This African band may get its name from the rodent kebabs they sell by the side of the road, but the reach of their music is worldwide.



Thousands of listeners from England, Australia, New Zealand and the United States have now heard their songs.

“Their sound is really, it’s just beautiful,” 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper tells Overtime. “And it’s so evocative of the place and the people who are singing it.”

The Malawi Mouse Boys record music CBS NEWS Cooper and his team of producers came across the Malawi Mouse Boys while reporting their piece this week about a different group of musicians — inmates and guards inside a maximum-security prison called Zomba. Ian Brennan, an American producer who travels the world looking for new music in unlikely places, recorded an album in Zomba that was nominated for a Grammy this year.

The Mouse Boys were a group of musicians Brennan had stumbled upon by accident one day during an earlier trip to Malawi. Five years ago, Brennan and his wife Marilena Delli were driving through Malawi on the lookout for interesting music, were driving through Malawi when they drove past a man sitting alongside the road, strumming a homemade guitar. Brennan and Marilena stopped the car, and asked the man -- named Alfred -- to play. Reluctant at first, eventually Alfred agreed. As soon as he started singing his chorus, a group of nearby children began singing along. Alfred’s song, it turned out, was something of a local hit. Brennan was blown away.

Ian Brennan, the band’s producer CBS NEWS Alfred introduced Brennan to his friends, and Brennan knew he’d stumbled upon something special. He asked them if he could record their music, and when the time came to settle on a name for their band, they picked one that seemed only natural: The Malawi Mouse Boys.

The name comes from their day jobs: Three of them sell barbecued mice on kebabs along the roadside, providing a traditional snack for passersby.

“Malawi is, by most measures, the poorest, if not one of the poorest countries in the world,” says 60 Minutes producer Michael Gavshon in the clip above. “It’s blighted by floods one year, droughts the next. And the people in these villages are extremely, extremely impoverished. They are so poor that they literally subsist on 50 cents a day. And they sell mice.”

Selling mice kebabs along the road CBS NEWS The group wakes up before dawn every morning to scour the dirt for underground mouse holes. They dig deep into the burrows, catching each mouse with their hands, careful to avoid any venomous black mamba snakes that might be hiding nearby. They grill the mice and spend the rest of the day hawking their product by the side of the road. “It’s a really difficult way to make a living,” Cooper says.

Playing music doesn’t pay much better, although Brennan is trying to change that. Brennan has recorded three albums with the Mouse Boys and in 2013, secured a gig for them to perform at WOMAD, an international arts festival in England. It was the first time The Mouse Boys had travelled outside of Malawi, and they sang in their native Chichewa language in front of an audience of more than 10,000. Since then, the Mouse Boys have travelled the world, playing for audiences in Australia, New Zealand, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“Their performances are electric,” Gavshon says. “They are really quite something. They move wonderfully, and they’re incredibly expressive.”

 Zondiwe, Alfred, Nelson and Joseph of the Malawi Mouse Boys at making WOMAD 2013 MARK A. BENNETT AND OBSCURED PLANET When 60 Minutes went to visit the band, it was clear that even after their records and their travels, daily life hasn’t changed much for the group. “It might have changed their lives in some way, in the sense that they’ve got to spend some time abroad,” Gavshon says. “They’ve traveled on airplanes. They’ve been to faraway places. But they came home, and they still have to go back to waking up at dawn, catching mice to sell on the side of the road.”

The band – made up of guitarists Alfred and Nelson, lead singer Zondiwe, and percussionist Joseph – write all their own music. They draw inspiration, they say, from church songs, and religious themes are a fixture of their lyrics.

“I certainly hope that as this story airs, as people hear not only the prisoners and the guards at Zomba, but also the Malawi Mouse Boys,” Cooper says, “that people learn about them and do want to hear their music and want to kind of spread their music.”


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Friday, October 28, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, October 29, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  The two hours were devoted mostly to speculation of the intent of the ambiguous letter issued by FBI Director, James Comey earlier today.


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, October 27, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.


Per reader request, here's last night's feisty panel of Republican women:

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an extended two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.



Anderson Cooper was on New Day this morning to announce CNN's Top 10 Heroes of 2016 and also gave details on the 10th Anniversary celebration airing Live on December 11, 2016.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.


Anderson posted the following to his IG account.  No evidence that he purchased this painting.

 

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, October 24, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.


Anderson posted a photo to his IG account today about a piece of art...
 

and according to artnews.com, he bought it for $275,000 on Friday.  ~



TEFAF OPENS FIRST NEW YORK FAIR WITH ANDERSON COOPER BUYING $275,000 OLD MASTER AS OYSTER SHUCKERS WORK THE AISLES

What’s more, there were actual sales to be had, even in the opening hours, especially impressive given the fact that Old Master collectors are usually more likely to linger over potential purchases, rather than impulse-buy an ancient Greek bust, many dealers said. Sure, maybe exhibitors weren’t selling out their booths, but the feeling conveyed by each one was that a new iteration of TEFAF could offer something different in an overcrowded fair season, and the high turnout on a rainy Friday was just one of the reasons it appears this very European fair will work in New York City.

Anderson Cooper, for instance, took some time off from covering this increasingly out-of-control presidential election to swing by the Armory on his lunch break and purchase a work at the Otto Naumann Ltd. booth: Anton Raphael Mengs’s Portrait of Mariana de Silva y Sarmiento, Duquesa de Huescar, for $275,000.

“My partner collects Old Masters—I collect more contemporary, but at a certain point, you can collect both,” Cooper said, while standing in front of the Mengs, which many at the fair recognized from its prominent inclusion in the Met Breur’s inaugural show, “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible”—the Duquesa’s face is blank, smeared off, giving the work a chilling postmodern feel.

When asked how he had time to come down from the CNN offices in the Time Warner Center, drop a few hundred grand on a painting, and then head back to work to film Anderson Cooper: 360 during the run-up to this election, he looked at his watch.

“I have to go back in like ten minutes, actually,” he said. “Really quick tour.”

(A source at CNN confirmed later that afternoon that Cooper had, in fact, returned to his desk shortly after.)

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, October 21, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  He interviewed Jorge Ramos during the first hour:

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Both Anderson and Jorge posted pictures to their IG accounts:

 

 


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, October 20, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 & Presidential Debate Coverage on Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Anderson Cooper was outside the debate hall in Las Vegas as part of CNN's presidential debate coverage.  He started with Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room and continued on through the post debate coverage.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from Las Vegas ahead of tomorrow night's third presidential debate.

Earlier in the day Anderson posted the following photo to his IG account.  (Wacha is Andy  Cohen's dog.)
 




Saturday Night Live had a little fun with the second presidential debate, including Anderson Cooper as one of the moderators:

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, October 17, 2016


Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.  The first half hour was taken up with Anderson's taped interview with Melania Trump.   (Yes, he went to her penthouse and they sat on gold chairs.)  Most of the rest of the two hours was taken up on political segments with the exception of  a Nick Paton Walsh segment on the battle to retake Mosul from ISIL at the end of the second hour.



Anderson was on with Wolf Blitzer to promote his interview:

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And from Social Media:


Not sure if Anderson saw this or what he thought, but we found it interesting:


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Brothers Rosenberg - Anderson Cooper on Assignment for 60 Minutes, Sunday, October 16, 2016


Anderson Cooper's two segment story on 60 Minutes Sunday :

The sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg tell Anderson Cooper how it felt to be the children of the infamous spies, in a story that sheds new light on one of the central events of the Cold War.

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The Rosenberg boys: The Cold War's most famous orphans

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