Last week I went to a Dawud Wharnsby concert at Auburn University in Alabama. Travel in Alabama is interesting. First of all, the second i crossed the bridge into AL, the number of pickup trucks on the road suddenly doubled. And there are a lot of pickups in Columbus, so that’s saying a lot. And the streets aren’t labeled properly. What’s up with that? Do they WANT us to get lost?
Br. Dawud performed with Idris Philips, a pianist and guitarist. This time, Br. Dawud played the guitar and Br. Idris played the biggest piano I’ve ever seen (he mentioned that he couldn’t remember the last time he’d performed on a nine-foot Steinway). I sat in the front row, right in front of the mic. Br. Dawud didn’t sing his overtly “Islamic” stuff this time; mostly just his folky stuff about life in general. That’s mostly what’s on his new CD; you can hear some of the tracks on his myspace. Especially check out “Antisocial;” it’s funny!
Br. Dawud was mobbed after the concert, but I got to meet Br. Idris. I got Dawud Wharnsby’s new CD, The Poets and the Prophet. It’s really good! Just found his blog, by the way.