I recently did an interview with the Eat Rio blog on my life in Brazil, and my impressions after living here for a little over a year. We touch on many different subjects from food, to music, to race. Here is a taste: What I see as fundamentally different is the concepts of multiculturalism, and this perhaps colors the race debate in each place. Culturally, Brazilians take all their cultural influences and make everything their own. Food is a great example for […]
Was able to give a little personal perspective on Dakar, Senegal in an album review of Aby Ngana Diop’s “Liital,” for Bomb Magazine’s Fall 2014 issue: A couple years later, I would visit Dakar for the first time, and it became one of my favorite cities in the world. Everyone from rural migrants, to Parisian vacationers, to Harlem-born Senegalese diaspora returnees brings their own taste and flavor to the bustling metropolis. The resulting cultural production out of the town is mind blowing. Take […]
Taking a second to point to this radio documentary about Sierra Leonean Rap and Youth done by my friend Anusha in Slovenia. Besides myself it features my Swedish-Sierra Leonean brethren Mats Utas who has done some of my favorite field research on youth in Sierra Leone. Much of it is not in English, but you can listen to the show, and watch related videos by clicking here.
If you didn’t know by now, I’m in South America at the moment. And this has inspired me a lot to start writing again. Check out my two dispatches from Brazil and Colombia published this past March. Keeping myself busy, I’ve also started a radio show while in Rio. It’s called Africa is a Country Radio, and of course it’s an official partnership with the Africa is a Country Blog. It will be happening once on month Groovalizacion, an online radio […]
The Red Bull Music Academy came to town this past May, and it just ended this week. I participated in several ways, but the most significant was a 2000+ word piece I did on New York’s African club scene. Click the image below to download the whole thing! It was a difficult but fun piece to write. Difficult, because it seemed impossible to try and sum up in a short essay the diversity and size of African nightlife in New […]
A little provocative discussion with the one Venus X, Simone of the Palm Wine blog, and myself this past month in Milano, Italy. I was going to do a long drawn out post about my thoughts after watching this, but since the video has already been making the rounds, I’ll just say that I thoroughly enjoyed backing up the fiery New York DJ goddess. Now you understand why I wrote that post? Here’s what the music portion sounded like (I apparently do […]
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Homie, neighbor, DJ/Writer colleague, Eddie Stats arranged a meet up and debate between the “big man” in the “global bass” scene, Diplo and myself. While I too feel left wanting more, the conversation we had took a little more than four hours (which had to be boiled down for the four-page transcription.) I have to say though, in the time since the post went up I’ve been noticing debates amongst friends and colleagues, and I love what folks are saying around […]
I had a fun little interview session with Mike Corece of Gozamos.com (an online Chicago culture magazine), in the lead up to my gig at Sonic Diaspora in Chicago. The transcription is up on their website. Also, if you prefer to get the live version, I’ll be talking and playing on DJ Still Life’s Worldwide Smash Radio show on East Village Radio tomorrow night, 12 midnite, EST. Stream back anytime!
I wanted to take a moment to point to a series of dispatches I did around my trip to West Africa this summer for The Cluster Mag, and cross-posted at This is Africa. My first installment takes a brief glance at the Ghanian scene (which is currently “blowing up” in the U.K.), and then the following two go more in depth about the scene in Liberia, and my own experience in putting together a compilation of Liberian music with Akwaaba music […]