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 […]
This was a cool/fun thing to do. The homie Aaron Leaf asked me about my favorite African restaurant in Brooklyn, and then we recorded a podcast interview there about African food in New York. I’ve taken the liberty to post the text below, but go here to hear the podcast: Food in 2 Worlds™ Podcast: Sub-Saharan Brooklyn Offers the Flavors of Africa Shout out to all the people I’ve brought to this place to try my favorite plasas in Brooklyn! ————————————————————– […]
Not even 10 hours out of Dakar and I’m already missing it. What a great city. I’ll definitely be back soon, and hopefully have a better hold on my French language skills. Dakar in a lot of ways (right now at least) is the African city of my dreams. It’s not my ancestral homeland, but it feels like home to someone in between worlds like myself. A diverse cosmopolitan population, but a strong sense of cultural pride and deep traditional […]
I was on my way to the airport in London, about to head to Dakar, when I called Sogui who said, “bring your Serato, Malik booked us at a club this weekend.” So pleasantly surprised, I am adding a date to make this a truly world tour. Dancehall in Dakar tonight, Baobab Connected again, K Club in Almadies. After a couple canceled gigs, the promoters took this video last night to post on facebook to prove that a DJ from […]
Tonight at Little Baobab is a Senegal Independance day celebration. Sogui So Good and I will be providing the soundtrack. There will be plenty of Mbalax played as well as other African club faire. Wear traditional clothing from wherever you are from! Here is the facebook thingy for more info.
I’m uploading this mix to promote my regular Wednesday night gig here in San Francisco at the Tunnel Top (601 Bush Street.) It is a mix of African Pop, Caribbean and African American musics that are an indication of some of the styles I play at the night. I call the night African Booty Scratchers. That’s Americans’ derogatory word for African Immigrants in the United States. Being 2nd generational, people called me and my family that when I was growing […]