Church

Church
It has stood at 83 Essex Street Guelph since its base stones were set in late June 1880. Its cornerstone was set on September 17 1880 as recorded in the Guelph Mercury and Advertiser. The contents of the cornerstone were described in that article, "Copy of the Holy Scriptures, Hymn Book of the BME Church, copy of the Missionary Messenger - the organ of the church; and copies of the Mercury and Herald." Presumably, the contents had already been placed inside a tin box, hermetically sealed and then painted over before being placed in a carved-out section of the cornerstone, then covered with sand and mortared under the stone above it. The Mercury report noted that the structure was already twelve feet high, with half the basement four feet in the ground and the other four feet above it. The base stones of the church could well be mortared directly onto the same ridge of limestone that extends across the road to where the ground drops behind the southside homes and into a remnant of the quarry from which many of the nearby stone houses had also come. The Guelph BME was, by the 1880's, one of the last stone structures erected in the neighbourhood. The quarry had been owned by the man who had been awarded the contract to raise the church, William Slater, listed in the 1881 city directory as a stone cutter.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I've been listening to an old cassette of Tony Bird's

Tony Bird from Nyasaland, and Malawi-born, he had to leave his birthplace because he wouldn't serve in the army against blacks. He apologized for whites decades ago in a song called Sorry Africa: "I too am an African crying..."
"Drawing from the southern African mbaqanga and kwela rhythms, Afrikaans boeremusiek and even calypso, along with the folk, blues, country and rock of England and America, Tony's music is an original amalgamation of all these styles, which he loosely describes as 'African Folk-Rock.' "
I met him a few times, he stayed with us once and played at Hillside in Guelph, Ontario, he is a friend of my ex-wife. And I'm blessed to have met him. He is a gentle musical giant.
He toured with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in the 1980s, who recorded his song "Go Willie Go" wikipedia 
Here is his beautiful paean to Zimbabwe after independence. Zambezi-Zimbabwe, and his joyful Mango Time.

cover for Laying the Bed

cover for Laying the Bed
designed by Brenan Pangborn