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Voglio passare la mia vita con te.
Voglio viaggiare insieme, per luoghi nuovi e sconosciuti, nel gelo della neve e sotto la luce cocente del sole, voglio camminare sotto gli alberi di una foresta mai vista, nuotare in un mare d'acqua limpida e pulita, voglio che ci rifugiamo in mille hotel a far l'amore sotto coperte non nostre, voglio svegliarmi ogni giorno e trovarti accanto a me, addormentarmi sul tuo petto; voglio camminare per le strade mano nella mano con te e non perdermi neanche un solo tuo sorriso, voglio vederti crescere e crescere con te, voglio che non ci sia neanche un momento in cui mi mancheresti, voglio incontrare nuovi amici, amici di entrambi, voglio sposarti, invecchiare con te, e voglio morire tra le tue braccia.
E, a quel punto, non vedrò l'ora di rinascere. Per incontrarti di nuovo in una vita diversa. Per sempre. Voglio trascorrere l'eternità con te. Voglio dedicarti la mia vita presente e tutte quelle passate e futuro. Voglio dedicarti tutto, perché per me il vero tutto sei tu.
—  Marina Puglisi
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DANIEL NGARUKIYE - THE AWESOME SOUND OF THE INANGA

This is Rwandan traditional musician Daniel Ngarukiye performing the song “Inkuza” on the inanga at a home in Kigali, Rwanda.

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The inanga is a traditional Rwandan stringed instrument made out of a carved out log. Western anthropologists sometimes refer to this type of instrument as a “trough zither,” but let’s just call it an inanga because that sounds much, much cooler.

The specific inanga that Daniel is playing here has nine strings, eight of which are tuned to a G sharp pentatonic scale and the ninth of which is used for tuning.

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Daniel comes from a long line of traditional musicians. His grandfather played music in the court of the Tutsi kings that existed until 1961. He was taught to play by a friend of his grandfather who wanted to help him keep the musical tradition in his family.

Daniel earns his living playing music and can often be seen performing with other musicians around Kigali, including a regular gig at the famous Hotel Milles Collines. The pentatonic scale  jam he plays and sings here is probably my favorite performance by a musician in East Africa. It’s soulful, percussive, bluesy, and beautiful and I think the world would benefit from hearing more music like this.

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On this shoot I was assisted by Karina Michel who hosted and provided art direction and lighting, as well as Dida Nibgwire who helped with lighting and translation.

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