I had an early start prepping for the two artists I would interview at my Airbnb. Tribu Baharu were born to be cultural ambassadors for Colombia. Armed with the African-influenced Champeta music, they arrived ready for a fun interview, increased by the fact that I had spent three years living in their home country. They showed up about an hour late, which having lived in Colombia, I can tell you is pretty standard. I had put a large pot of coffee on to brew, which scored major points with my new Colombian friends.
We chatted about Tejo and Soccer and all things Colombia before sitting down. I was surprised at how on the ball they were, humorously pretending to interview each other at particularly funny parts in the interview. At one point they put me on the spot to learn some Champeta dance, a feat that I tried to stumble through. One thing Colombians appreciate is having an open heart and mind toward trying new things, so after my dance attempt, I put them on the spot to join me in a harmonica jam, which they were happy to oblige:
Next up was Qawalistan, a group that combines traditional Pakistani Qawwali music with Classic Rock from the U.S. The Pakistani troupe had planned to show up right on time until I told them the Tribu Baharu interview was running over. It was clear from the beginning that they wanted to get right to business in talking about their efforts with the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan. This was my first interview where the subjects were playing the role of bother interviewer and interviewee. It was clear they had certain points they wanted to emphasize but I finally managed to ask them few of my own questions. They showed up ready to jam, but jamming was more difficult than I anticipated as my harmonica was only in the key of D and we searched around before finding a suitable melody to jam on.
We got a sweet pic afterward that totally should be their next album cover.