Posts By: Wanda Waterman

Wanda Waterman

Wanda Waterman is a poet, spoken word artist, blogger, cultural journalist, and digital nomad. She’s been writing regularly for The Voice Magazine since 2004, not long after she began studying psychology at Athabasca. Her poetry has been published in Descant, The Talking Leaves, Chizine, Our Times, The Best of Tigertail, and Pottersfield Portfolio and her articles in Design is Political, Rawckus Magazine, Coastal Life, The New Internationalist, This Magazine, and in her blog, The Mindful Bard. She grew up in Nova Scotia, but after having lived in New Hampshire and North Africa she’s now settled in Montreal.

Maghreb Voices – Alternative Music in Cairo

?The new world is as yet behind the veil of destiny. In my eyes, however, its dawn has been unveiled.? Allama Muhammad Iqbal ?If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution.? Emma Goldman Marching to the Beat of a Different Derbouka Noor Noor broke three drumsticks playing in Tahrir Square during the protests… Read more »

Gregor’s Bed – Silfra

Album: Hilary Hahn and Hauschka, Silfra (2012) ?The canon which runs from antiquity via Palestrina and Bach and through to Schoenberg via Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven is truly a wonderful tradition full of beautiful music. But who needs it any more? And when did people begin sitting down to listen to music instead of dancing… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Lel Wa Ain, Part II

?Music means to me eternal life, freedom, the extreme expression. I’ll die without music. Music kills the barriers and lifts the soul to a very, very high degree.? Cairo musician Ousso Recently, Nour Eldin Nageh Ali, composer and vocalist for the Lel Wa Ain band in Cairo, took the time to talk with Wanda Waterman… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Certified Copy

Film: Certified Copy (IFC Films 2010) Writer/Director: Abbas Kiarostami Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière, Agathe Natanson, Gianna Giachetti, Adrian Moore ?Answer the question. Is she or isn’t she? What? A phony. I don’t know. I don’t think so. You don’t, huh? Well, you’re wrong. She is. But on the other hand, You’re right,… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Lel Wa Ain

Listen Global, Play Local ?I love our Egyptian music,? says Nour Eldin Nageh Ali, ?[but] I also love Western genres like jazz, blues, and reggae. I like to blend them together and I also like to find ways to mix all of these with Oriental and Sufi music.? Nour is the composer and vocalist for… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – My Joy

Film: My Joy (Kino Lorber 2010) (Russian with English subtitles) Director/Screenwriter: Sergei Loznitsa Cast: Viktor Nemets, Vlad Ivanov, Olga Shuvalova Genre: Art House/International/Drama ?Anyone who doesn’t regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart. Anyone who wants it restored has no brains.? Vladimir Putin ?As a result of half a century of Soviet… Read more »