Ebola has been weighing heavily on my mind. From it hitting Ashoka, a friend who I met in Liberia in 2011, to worrying about friends and family on the ground in both Sierra Leone and Liberia, I feel sort of stuck and unable to help while being in Brazil. However in the face of a seeming panic in the U.S. about the disease invading the country, and rehashed African stereotypes in the mainstream media, I find I can contribute something by writing… […]
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.
African in New York is here! And I’m also proud to present my first every music video, the NY edition of “Without Money No Family.” I shot and edited it myself, taking some footage from the original clip, I’m happy to see the final result but anxious to hear what people think about it. Buy African in New York as a partial album on iTunes, and at a few other digital retailers. The full album will be a physical version with […]
I just uploaded a new mix to Ghetto Bassquake and Akwaaba Music. I also made a commentary on the political and economic context this music was made in at Africa is a Country, and Cluster Mag (If you’ve been missing my posts over at Cluster Mag, I’m doing a series on my travels in West Africa this summer. I already touched on Ghana and Liberia, and will end with my reflections on my return visit to Sierra Leone.) This mix […]
I had a real fun time as a guest on my DJ partner and roommate Lamin Fofana‘s Sunday morning radio show this past weekend. We laughed the whole way through the rainy morning, and when Lamin would stop suddenly and announce, “on a serious note, there is flash flooding in…” I’d be rolling on the floor. I can’t switch gears that fast. But I mostly wanted to share this because I was able to play a lot of music that […]
My friends from We Own TV put together a trailer of footage from their summer workshop in Lungi, Sierra Leone. When Banker first showed me the beginning clip in his studio, the beauty of the shots and their emotional power gave me the shivers. While infrastructure development is underway, and stories of returnees from Europe and the US start to surface, I think that this kind of initiative to promote public expression from all sectors of society, will be what […]
My Bay Area Salone family is having a launch party for We Own TV on May 14th. I mentioned the project on a previous post, and wanted to make sure the word gets spread as wide as possible about this project. The release info is here. The launch event will be held from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at: Bay Area Video Coalition 2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco CA 94110 RSVP Requested. CLICK TO RSVP >
If you have a half hour check out the documentary called Lost Freetown on issues of development in Sierra Leone (Double-click on the video because embedding was disabled): more about “Lost Freetown – Sierra Leone“, posted with vodpod I was linked to it through Twitter by my friend Banker White last night. Banker has a great project he’s in the process of starting called We Own TV. Watch an introductory film to the project by Black Nature of the Refugee […]
Now let’s celebrate! Thursday night at the 2nd The Highlife Party. And really in the spirit of this time, this is The High Life! This time with guests DJ Sogui So Good, Sierra Leonean Reggae Singer Khady Black and the residents Chief Boima and Shawn Dub. Artist Susu Attar will be projecting videos. Located at the Tunnel Top 601 Bush Street in SF. Obama songs throughout the night!