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Malaika (live demo) – The Black Penguins

This is a live stereo demo recording of the song “Malaika” in the process of being made from around 2011. This was probably the second or third time we ever played it. I took that stereo recording then added some subtle keys, intro nature sounds, and the various video clips along with their audio as well.

Ben Colbeck – Guitar
Al Carter – Drums
eric toledo – Lead Guitar, Keys

Video edited by eric toledo using Final Cut Pro. Original footage by Wyatt Smith aka bIONIX and eric toledo. Plus random clips.
*I do not own the rights to some of the video footage used.

About Malaika

The chords and riff were written by Ben as well as the name of the song, “Malaika”.

Malaika is a Swahili song. Malaika generally means “angel” in Swahili. As is the case with many Swahili words, it is ultimately derived from Arabic. An alternative Swahili meaning is a “baby” or “small child”, hence at least one particular traditional version of the song is commonly used as a lullaby throughout East Africa. One of the better known versions is possibly the most famous love song in Kenyan pop music, as well as being one of the most widely known of all Swahili songs.

Hear more music by The Black Penguins @ http://music.theblackpenguins.com/

Arcade Fire @ The Greek

Video of “Wake Up” and “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

Arcade Fire with Calexico at The Greek Theater Oct 2, 2010


  1. Ready to Start
  2. Month of May
  3. Keep the Car Running
  4. Laika
  5. No Cars Go
  6. Haiti
  7. Sprawl II
  8. Modern Man
  9. Rococo
  10. The Suburbs
  11. Ocean of Noise
  12. Tunnels
  13. We Used To Wait
  14. Power Out
  15. Rebellion (Lies)


  1. Intervention
  2. Wake Up

Open G Blues

“Open G Blues” played by me on my acoustic in open g tuning. Footage from Imagine “How Do You Sleep?” and Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy” playing live at 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival.

Bill Gates On Energy

Bill Gates on Energy: Innovating to Zero!, unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.