I’m in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the moment; during the past 3 weeks or so I was in Burkina Faso to work with my group Burkina Electric, and we played a concert at the Rêemdoogo in Ouagadougou. As my colleagues from the band spent lots of time in NYC during the past few years, I hadn’t been in Ouaga in a pretty long while, and it really felt like coming home. I also was able to spend a few days in Accra, Ghana, to do some research. Today, I played with Burkina Electric at the Goethe Institute in Addis Ababa, and from here we continue to Tanzania to play at the Goethe Institute in Dar es Salaam and at the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar – one of the best music festivals in Africa. As anyone who knows me is aware, I love this continent; I’m very excited to make my first visits to Ethiopia and Tanzania and to contribute with Burkina Electric to the dialogue between West and East Africa, regions that don’t communicate with each other as much as they should.