23-05-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo
The Italian Malindi loses its bartender, one of the historic figures of nights on the Indian Ocean shore.
Great Morgan leaves Kenya after twenty years of militancy, especially at night.
For a long time, Malindi remembers him in the mythical years of the Ferment when the evenings were not an exclusive of entreneuse and future lovers, but also those who spent tropical evenings in the shade of a cocktail prepared in God's grace and artificial light Of real life stories.
In this sense, Morgan was the perfect "moderator", with his adventurous existence behind, from the cubes on Isla Margarita to the nightclubs with Enzo Jannacci in Milan, his career as a young boxer, to Africa embraced after other adventures from Friuli to Sardinia.
Whether it was the biggest wizard of cocktails in Malindi, it has never been a mystery: for years anyone who wanted a mojito on the falsariga of those ordered by Ernest Hemingway in Havana or a frozen daiquiri that came out of the shaker as it was produced at the factory, He had to go to his presence.
And there it could have free the icing (or the olive, depending on the drink) of a lightning strike or a pearl of extemporaneous wisdom.
As I wrote a few years ago in the volume "Malindi from Askari to the Zanzara", "Captain Morgan, also known as" The Pirate ", is a former boxer from the air (but just the air, be careful!) Played, Long militancy of bar counters, especially in South America. His nightly tales and blatant considerations are now part of the Malagasy night-time imagery. "
Personally, among the many anecdotes she has lived with him, I will not forget the evening when a lousy and somewhat frustrated English adventist dashed against him on the other side of the counter, improperly in no-nonsense manner. There were at least fifty years and twenty pounds of muscle of difference between them. Morgan, in reply, let him say it and do it with nonchalance, until frustrated English took a glass and threw it on the floor, shattering it into a challenge. When he raised his head, without even knowing how and where, he received from the barman such a dirty, precise and violent crap that landed like a lot of potatoes.
The friend who was with him apologized and took it away, while the "pirate" resumed his position as a "boxer playing" and a happy boss came down.
It was a tough decision, that of Captain Morgan to leave Malindi, but for "age limits reached" (despite the fact that he was trying to open a new locale at his 76th birthday when he was 76) he Preferred to come back to Italy and we at Malindikenya.net we can only wish him other serene years where to drink to those who will encounter him a bit of his irony and to punch age and fate with one of his amazing hooks.
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