A world without music is also a world without stories. The griots have functioned as storytellers and truth-tellers within West African society for centuries. In addition to mediating disputes and acting as advisers to early rulers, griots were oral historians. They knew regional legends and family histories, and through their music those stories were passed down from one generation to the next. Like the ancient manuscripts that militants tried to burn in a Timbuktu library in January, today’s griots are repositories of history. If they lose their social function as storytellers, society loses a critical link to its past.
There’s not even a microscopic chance for the dodo. It’s fat, can’t fly or run, and supposedly just wanted to make friends with the hunters who led to their extinction. That being said, I will always route for the underdog, even if there’s not a chance, always.
Meric Long (Guitarist, The Dodos).
In 2012, The Dodos scored an honorable mention in Baeble Blog’s list of Top 5 Bird Bands. The five favorites were Niki & the Dove, Andrew Bird, Phoenix, Department of Eagles and Yellow Ostrich. Recently, the beijinger magazine interviewed Meric Long of The Dodos and asked who would win in a fight, a dodo or a phoenix. His answer is above.
So, immortality FTW, we guess.
The Dodos play 2 shows in Shanghai and 1 more in Beijing this weekend! Dates below:
Shanghai (Early Show): May 25, 2013 @ 2:30PM, Yuyintang. Tickets: 40 RMB (Student) / 60 RMB (Door)
Shanghai (Late Show): May 25, 2013 @ 9:30PM, Live Bar. Tickets: 30 RMB (Door)
Beijing: May 26, 2013 @ 8:30PM, Yugong Yishan. Tickets: 40 RMB (Student) / 60 RMB (Door)