22hr layover in Amsterdam, just enough time to catch @lonnieholleysuniverse and @groceryonhome play in Utrecht. Lonnie shared ideas about our Olima Anditi film: “You could call it Movement of a Blind Man, feelin his way through life, music being the guiding hand.” He then devastated me and a room full of Dutch intelligentsia with his music, finishing with the line: “Beyond all the hurt is joy.” It felt like a comment on all I felt and saw in Kenya, and Lonnie’s grace and warmth makes the cultural whiplash of chilly Utrecht worth it. Fine end to the trip.
“I don’t want to see you flailing in the countryside all manic and sweaty” - @j_m_russell . Too late. Wrapped shooting with the great Olima Anditi today. Accidentally drove into Tanzania where his family live after a recent border re-draw. Met a baby named Trump. Damn. VOTE!!!!!
V. serious makin movies in Awasi. Pic 2: BTS @j_m_russell Pic 3: Aso Hotel Pic 4: the gravesite of Mama Elizabeth, who ran the homebrew joint where I first met Olima in 2010 Pic 5: Ras George’s place in Kisumu #kenya
Market day in Awasi. Olima Anditi and Majimbo play a roadside bar for tips.
Clouds at the equator. Pic 2: we bootlegged our own record and delivered it to Olima Anditi at the homebrew beer club where I first met him in 2010...overcast and slick, hiding from the storm. #kenya
Today was very loud....Olima Anditi goes electric on some sort of vintage Jaguar played through blown out speakers, top volume at the homebrew joint. He hadn’t been seen in this part of the country for months, so it was a big celebration. #kenya
Lunch at the Choma Zone
Day 3 of a search for the Kenyan guitarist Olima Anditi. Word took us from Kisumu to Akala to Bondo and out to a small gold mining town on the edge of Lake Victoria. I hoped and hoped he’d be there, because the whole place had a Wild West feel and also because we’d driven 100km to get there. Olima had traveled on, of course, and our search continues. The front tire of our car came off twice yesterday. The last picture is from Akala, where even the roaming sausage and egg guy stopped to check the scene. We ended up leaving it lopsided in a muddy parking lot and taking motorcycles home. Thanks @lismonise for making me stop and smell the hand drawn signs. #kenya
Searching for Olima Anditi, western Kenya. 36 hours on the road and no sign of the old traveling musician. “Olima lives like a bird.” #kenya #kisumu