See how everybody knows the lyrics? That’s Brazil.
This post was inspired by TMF and her quest for fly IFE. Just make sure your seatbacks and tray-tables are in their upright and locked positions…
In this episode of the Fly Brother Podcast: Night Flight 121 – The City to Sampa
Journey with Fly Brother on an ethereal, all-music flight from “The City” to Sampa – New York to São Paulo – featuring recent and classic house, downtempo, acid jazz, and electro-samba. Whether its to work out, chill out, or make out, this compilation will transport you each time you listen. Download and get lifted.
“Saturday Night Experience” – Jody Watley
“Voodoo Bliss (Aaron Bingle’s Azure Mix)” – Janice hosted by BSG
“Bedtime Story” – Madonna
“Down” – Herbert
“Night Over Manaus” – Boozoo Bajou
“Amazodiac” – Audio Lotion
“Waltz for Koop” – Koop
“My Endless Journey” – Imada
“Samba do Gringo Paulista (Bigga Bush Reconstruction)” – Suba and Bigga Bush
“Playground do Brasil” – Imada
“Love and Happiness (São Benitez Sunset Mix)” – River Ocean f. La India
Night Flight 695 – The Trance-Atlantic
In this episode of the Fly Brother Podcast: Night Flight 695 – The Trance-Atlantic
Journey with Fly Brother on an ethereal, all-music flight from Little Havana to the Latin Quarter – Miami to Paris – featuring recent and classic house, downtempo, acid jazz, soul, and electro-samba. Whether its to work out, chill out, or make out, this compilation will transport you each time you listen. Download and get lifted.
“Vazilando (Rasmus Faber Mix)” – La Oreja de Van Gogh
“Cerca de Mí” – Louie Vega f. Raúl Midón
“The Way That I Feel” – Vikter Duplaix
“Casa Batillo” – Brazzaville
“Late Night Swing” – David Borsu f. Damia da Costa
“La Femme d’Argent” – Air
“A Day in December” – Manoo and Francois A.
“Girls & Boys” – Prince & The Revolution
“Leaving Monte Carlo” – Physics
“La Rhythme et Le Cadence” – Dimitri from Paris
Fantasy Flight 525 – The Black Gold Express
In this episode of the Fly Brother Podcast: Fantasy Flight 525 – The Black Gold Express
Journey with Fly Brother on an ethereal, all-music flight from the capital of oil- and culture-rich Venezuela to the capital of oil- and culture-rich Nigeria—Caracas to Lagos—featuring recent and classic house, salsa, downtempo, acid jazz, and funky Afrobeat. Whether its to work out, chill out, or make out, this compilation will transport you each time you listen. Download and get lifted.
“Intro/Arepa 3000” – Los Amigos Invisibles
“Got to Be in Love (Dub)” – Barbara Mendes
“Bruja” – Los Amigos Invisibles
“Guaio a Caracas” – Paul & Mark
“Llorarás” – Oscar d’León
“Cashmere” – Audio Lotion
“African Loungesters” – The Dining Rooms
“Opposite People” – Fela Kuti
“Ezuku Buzo” – Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats
“Lagos Speedway” – Captain Planet
Fantasy Flight 324 – Mumbai to Buenos Aires
Journey with Fly Brother on an ethereal, all-music flight from the gem of India to the jewel of Argentina—Mumbai to Buenos Aires—featuring recent and classic house, bhangra, downtempo, acid jazz, tango, and milonga. Whether its to work out, chill out, or make out, this compilation will transport you each time you listen. Download and get lifted.
“Coast 2 Coast” – N1
“Indian Summer (Groove Lickers Remix)” – Olav Basoski
“Threads of Identity” – Fusing Naked Beats
“Sunrise” – Lh1
“Milan” – Karsh Kale
“Walk of Ju” – Sweetback
“4AM” – Night Flyte
“Otonal” – Audio Lotion
“Unspoken” – Paul & Price
“Resurrección del Angel (Libertango Mix)” – Fantasista
“Adios Nonino (Electronic Mix)” – Hi Perspective
“Ese Cielo Azul” – Supervielle
Though there is no substitute for actual travel, there is something you can buy at your local bookstore or newsstand that’s as close as you can get to scarfing down a Turkish döner in Berlin, catching an Argentinean documentary in Quito, hanging ten off the coast of Bangladesh without actually coughing up the airfare: Afar.
Based in San Francisco (check out the minds behind the mag), the bi-monthly magazine focuses on “experiential travel,” which it defines as being connected with “the authentic essence of a place and its people.” This theme pervades every page of the magazine, from feature stories that take you into the dumpling kitchens of Shanghai and Lee Harvey Oswald’s former apartment in Minsk to double-page spreads featuring the beer cans, national birds, and traditional hats from around the globe. The articles, expertly-written and as respectful of other cultures as I’ve ever seen in print media, keep me in perpetual wanderlust, tinged with a bit of envy at the caliber of the text and slight annoyance that the editors haven’t tapped me for one of their “Spin the Globe” features (where they drop you in a foreign place with nothing but a few dollars and your own travel wits; I’m available, Afar…I’ll call in sick to the day job if I need to! *wink*).
And in the vein of experiential travel, Afar sponsors educational excursions and youth development programs through its foundation, coupling social change and personal development with international travel.
So if you haven’t already checked out a copy of Afar, run to the nearest B&N, or better yet, subscribe through their website to get your bimonthly dose of travel porn, stuffed with gems like this (from “When Being a Good Traveler Means Being a Bad Guest” by Chris Colin, May/June 2011 issue):
“The poignancy of a place lies at the intersection of its virtues and its flaws…
To care only for the airbrushed version of a place is not to care much for it at all – it’s hardly love if your partner knows your charming smile but not your bad breath. So, too, with a place: Your affection takes on depth only after you’ve glimpsed the imperfections and made room for them in your embrace.”
Here she is, folks…Miss Universe 2011, the breathtaking Leila Lopes of Angola.
I definitely have to say that I had expected a Latina to win – Puerto Rico was my personal favorite, and the pageant industry in Latin America is just that…they make Misses. Still, the Philippines!, USA, France, and Venezuela all represented well. Brazil? Meh. The buzz down here is surprisingly positive, though; people feel the judges (which included Connie Chung and Vivica A. Fox, both looking good!) were fair in their scoring.
Unfortunately, I was relegated to the press tent behind the auditorium (aka WiFi Central) and couldn’t see the goings-on live and in person, but it was fun chilling with journalists from around the globe (including the boisterous team from Colombia’s Caracol network). I did, however, get to line up along the red carpet and snap this photo of outgoing Miss U, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.
The coup of the night, though, was my one-question interview with Judge Fox as she glided into the auditorium. Obsoive:
(I swear, y’all…I wasn’t trying to cut off La Fox! Her media escort said I could only ask one question, was giving the ‘wrap it up’ and was tugging on her elbow. I got nuuuuurvus.)
On the whole, it was a good, good night.