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Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:19:00

Africa Tour Diary: Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe, Part 4

Later at lunch, Corey echoed this sentiment by expressing that he did not want to simply return to the complacent doldrums that sometimes pervades the Little Rock music scene. We've seen people on this trip who are accomplishing so much more, with so much less money and resources than many of us back home. Indeed, talking to each band-member, I've realized that we've all experienced this trip as a reminder of how much more we believe we can do with our lives and our music. None of us feel that it is time to rest and pat ourselves on the back, but rather it is time to be even more proactive: to write, to record, to practice, to go back to school, to learn a new language, to volunteer, to fight against injustice and to become who we truly want to be.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:16:00

Africa Tour Diary: Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe, Part 3

During and before this trip we've been having an ongoing debate about who in the band is “the most Hollywood.” For clarification, the adjective Hollywood as we are using it is essentially the narcissistic quality of behaving like a superstar-celebrity. However, being Hollywood in no way correlates to how proficient one is at their musical craft — we are only talking about superficial and behavioral indicators (e.g. manner of dress, level of showmanship/show-off-manship, number of pictures posed for, and generally how much one enjoys adulation and attention). It is a generally accepted notion amongst us that our singers Bijoux and Dee Dee (who aren't here to defend themselves) are the most Hollywood, and that our bass player Corey is the least Hollywood. Thus, up for debate is who on this trip (from the pool of myself, Paul, Piph and Dre) is the most Hollywood, and today, our first show day in Algeria, offered ample evidence for all of us to use in the great Hollywood debate.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 14:07:00

Africa Tour Diary: Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe, Part 2

This is the radical Islam of our Moroccan musical collaborator Barry, which he explained to JJ, Jason (a fellow American traveler), and I at our seaside breakfast table this beautiful sunny morning. Barry spontaneously erupted into this passionate and captivating lecture touching on Moroccan history, the problems of Islam today, conspiracy theories about the world bank, Charlie Hebdo, the ten commandments, the importance of science and technology, and an optimistic vision of a future free of religious, political, and racial divides as JJ expertly translated and Jason and I sat and listened, both intrigued and entertained.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 12:12:00

Africa Tour Diary: Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe, Part 1

My name is Lucas Murray, and I have the incredible honor and opportunity to be traveling to Africa with fellow Little Rock musicians Corey Harris, Dre Franklin, Paul Campbell and Epiphany Morrow. Last winter our band Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe applied and auditioned for a state department grant program called American Music Abroad.

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