Cultural Reads 71: Blick Bassy, Coffee Snobs & World Cinema

Good morning, 

And welcome to the Cultural Reads Newsletter with worldwide book, music, and movie recommendations. 

I was in Rio de Janeiro last weekend and mixed up the days because of Easter, hence a newsletter on Wednesday. I will stay in Sao Paulo for some weeks, so please let me know if you have tips!

In today’s newsletter: Blick Bassy, Coffee Snobs, World Cinema Project, Latin DJs, Map of the Best & Regrets of the Dying.

☕ How To Become a Coffee Connaisseur

For those who missed it, I created a special newsletter edition on coffee!

It’s a short 101 guide with everything you need to become a coffee connoisseur.

🎙️ Blick Bassy (Cameroon)

If you like the South African Bongeziwe Mabandla, I’m pretty sure you’ll appreciate Blick Bassy. 

Blick Bassy is a Cameroonian artist who sings in his native language, Bassa. He became famous in 2015, after his song Kiki was used to launch the iPhone 6. 

My favorite songs are Mama and Woñi.

🍿 World Cinema Project

After sitting next to a journalist at an impact event, I was recently featured in a Dutch newspaper.

Some readers contacted me, and one shared a great tip: the World Cinema Project.

This project, started by the famous director Scorecse (known for The Wolf of Wall Street), preserves and restores neglected films worldwide. A gem for movie lovers!

🎵 Brazilian Music DJ Sets

Now that I’m in Brazil, discovering new music is a never-ending journey.

Today, I want to share two Brazilian DJ sets: Brazilian Samba Grooves and Brazilian Boogie. Also, check out Alok if you enjoy big names like Tiësto and Avicii. 

For MBP (Música Popular Brasileira), here’s a great Spotify playlist!

🍜 Map of the Best (Worldwide)

Are you traveling and looking for food suggestions?

Check out Map of the Best with the best bars & restaurants, from celebrated names to hidden gems. 

📙 5 Regrets of the Dying (Australia)

Years ago, I came across a Guardian article called Top 5 Regrets of the Dying.

I revisit it regularly but never read the book because I thought it would repeat the article. 

Boy, was I wrong!

Top 5 Regrets of the Dying is one of the best and most personal books I’ve read.

It made me rethink past decisions and gave me the confidence to confront my fear of confrontation, especially around friendship difficulties.

Thanks, Lieke, for the wonderful gift!

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