November 11, 2003
By Melissa Runstrom
Daily Arts Writer
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As you lose yourself in the rhythm, the walls of
the Michigan Theater reverberate with the rich thun-
derous drumming and beautiful beats of Les
Rosettes. The atmosphere is energized as Doudou
Bye- bye Hollywood glamour
Perusing the pages of Nylon Maga-
zine, the "indie" Vogue, I stumbled
upon "Tracking a Trend," an arti-
cle about the sweatsuit's rise up the fash-
ion ladder. Immediately, I felt my heart
sink. Am I the only person left in the
world still desperately clinging to the
notion of Hollywood glamor? Who feels
a sense of nostalgia for the days of
Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly?
Not that I expect stars to dress in chic
black dresses and long white gloves all
the time. The casual look has the capac-
ity to exude glamour as well -
Gwyneth Paltrow looks simply elegant
in bootcut jeans and a fitted, button-
down shirt, while Mick Jagger in the
'60s personified glam with his tight,
striped pants and tiny T-shirts. But no
one - no one - looks glamorous or
cutting-edge in a sweatsuit. It is one
trend celebrities have embraced that I
absolutely cannot forgive.
Why the aversion to sweatsuits? Well,
it's not so much an aversion; I admire
people who go out in public with track
pants and no makeup. My life would be
a lot easier, or at least I would be on
time for class, if I didn't blow dry my
hair or change my outfit several times in
I just have a problem with people who
straighten their hair with an iron, paint
their faces with an array of colors, and
take the time to put on matching jewelry
(oh, and lets not forget the obligatory
designer bag), only to put on sweat
pants! I mean, why bother?
I blame J-Lo. Sure, hip-hop and rap
celebrities were sporting tracksuits long
before J-Lo, but she made the look
"glamorous." Wearing them to flaunt her
shapely figure, she's inspired rich,
snooty high schoolers and East Hamp-
ton mothers to consume as many differ-
ent colors of Juicy Couture outfits as
possible. I also hold her indirectly
responsible (on account of all the atten-
tion her derriere attracts) for those atro-
cious sweat pants with the Greek letters
on the butt that litter our campus.
J-Lo is a celebrity; and let's face it,
celebrities are paid to look extraordinary
at all times. Why else would People
come out with an annual "best-dressed"
list? Do people really watch the Oscars
to find out who wins best actress? Peo-
ple do not want to emulate celebrities'
styles as much as they want to admire
them. I buy Vogue because I want to
look at beautiful, interesting clothes that
I will never own, not so I can see J-Lo in
an all-pink velour sweatsuit.
Speaking of pink, one should never
wear one color from head to toe. Black
can slide for formal occasions, but
pink? Never. Also, I thought velour was
cool when we were in middle school,
but it disappeared from the fashion
world for a very good reason. I even
remember a fashion magazine explicit-
ly cautioning me to stay away from
velour - it's unflattering and clings to
all the wrong places and just looks
tacky. What happened?
I also looked up how much a stan-
dard, plain velour Juicy outfit costs on
the Internet. $209. $209 just to be com-
fortable? And to look like a big pink
blob? I don't think so.
Maybe J-Lo is onto something with
her "glamour for the masses" ideology
- that we don't need award shows and
movie premieres to look like a star. Hell,
we can go to the supermarket looking
like one. Maybe she's the visionary for
some huge fashion revolution, and in ten
years I will reflect back on her and her
pink velour outfits with fondness. But
for the time being, as long as I never see
Gwyneth Paltrow in a Juicy outfit, I will
keep clinging onto my romantic notions
of what Hollywood style should be.
-Raquel does look good in pink.
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N'Diaye Rose steps on stage;
rhythm and yet more power to
the theater. All the way from
Senegal, the ensemble has trav-
eled far and delivers on an
unspoken promise to make its
Rose leads the group with
his baton and energizing stage
presence. Now a 74-year-old
drumming sensation, he started
to play, against his father's
wishes, when he was nine.
Eventually Rose decided to
and provides new
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make a career out of it, something that created a rift
between father and son for years.
Touted as the most talented drummer in Senegal,
and one of the most famous in the world, he has
invented more than 500 new rhythms, utilizing
African percussion while mastering the Senegalese
Sabar style of
drumming. He has
also worked with
notables like the
Miles Davis and
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"He is always
searching for new rhythm. He mixes traditional
rhythm with his own ideas," stated Stephan Brunet,
Rose's representing agent for the last 15 years.
In the late '70s, Rose formed a revolutionary
female percussion group comprised of his daughters
and granddaughters after realizing the rarity of
female Senegalese drummers. The members of Les
Rosettes are enthusiastic to show their equality to
their male counterparts. They take pride in the quali-
ty of their performances.and in displaying Sene-
galese culture. Brunet stressed that, "The Senegalese
style of drumming is very unique. (It's) a deep dive
into the African culture and Senegalese culture in
"They are going to wear gorgeous costumes full
of color, (and) they are going to dance, sing and
enjoy themselves," says Brunet of the performance
and its 20 female musicians. They toured the United
States and Ann Arbor in 2000 and have returned to
delight audiences again. Describing the way every-
thing on stage comes together, Brunet said, "It is just
a great moment for everyone involved." He also
added about the audience, "You feel the people real-
ly forget all of the little everyday problems."
To highlight the revolutionary role of Les
Rosettes, the University is holding a symposium
about the women, their drumming and the African
Diaspora in the Michigan League's Vandenberg
Room Tuesday at 4 p.m. It will feature the Rosettes
and other speakers, and is free to the public.
Courtesy of UMS
Reunited imus storm Detroit
By Seth Lower
Daily Arts Writer
In support of their new album Animals Should Not
Try to Act Like People, Primus hit Detroit's State The-
atre Sunday night for their recent Tour de Fromage.
Fronted by the freewheeling Les Claypool, the group
reunited with their original drummer Tim "Herb"
Alexander for their first collabora-
tive tour in nearly seven years.
Besides scribing and executing Primusl
the theme song to South Park, Sunday, Nov.9
Primus was probably best known At the State Theater
for their hit "My Name is Mud,"
which encapsulated their strange, bass-driven psyche-
delic funk rock fairly well. However, it was one of
many crowd favorites that the band jammed out.
All in all, Primus tore through two sets and an
encore, leaving nothing but a trail of blistered cheese in
their path. In the first set they wooed listeners with
eclectic hits "Pudding Time" and "Those Damned
Blue-Collar Tweakers." Later, they rocked the entirety
of the mind-blowing Sailing the Seas of Cheese,
including the engaging, radically addicting "Grandad's
Little Ditty," which inspired the audience to join Clay-
pool, acting as the eccentric character "Grandad."
As a part of the highly theatrical performance, the
stage was framed with two gigantic white balls hanging
precariously above Alexander's head. Video projections
of the band's music videos and collected oddities were
cast onto the spheres, making a dramatic backdrop for
Of cohrse, the show featured the entertaining antics
of Claypool, including a bout with a one string bass
and an encore that found both he and guitarist Larry
LaLonde donning futuristic masks of a robot and
George W. Bush, respectively. Also, when a rowdy
member audience voiced doubt about Claypool's barn-
yard tendencies, he reassured the people of Detroit, "As
far as I can remember, I have never fucked a pig in my
When the show had commenced, Primus had left
their mark on the State Theater. At the start of the night,
the boisterous Primus fans had been spouting: "Primus
sucks!" So, wearing the expectations of their fans high
upon their shoulders, Primus surely didn't disappoint.
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