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Diplo in the dock

Chief Boima was invited to OPEN ARTI in Milan recently to talk about art and politics and to DJ. In the video of the event (above), Boima is joined by fellow DJ, Venus X (profiled here in The New York Times). AIAC gets some shout-outs. A lot of things get referenced: music and race, how we listen to music, Shakira, cumbia, hard style, LMFAO, David Guerra, Rihanna, etcetera. But the elephant in the room is Diplo, the famous DJ and tastemaker.

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Funky Liberia

  Italy based, UK Funky influenced, electronic music purveyors Pepe Soup recently released the above song and video, a proud recollection of Liberian childhood punishment survival. The Italian-Liberian duo have…..

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Malaika

Rare footage of Miriam Makeba performing her standard “Malaika” (a Kenyan love song in Swahili) on Italian television in 1969.  Meanwhile, the song has been covered by a lot of…..

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Africa, Assume the Position?

I love that African artists are getting exhibition space in European galleries. But being told to “Assume Art Position” by a Milanese gallery?

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Monkey Business

On Sunday, October 17, 2010, history was made in the Italian serie A: a match was stopped due to fans’ racist chants. It happened at the Sant’Elia stadium in Cagliari…..

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Afronline

The writer Ryszard Kapuscinski once remarked that “Africa is silently dying because nobody is listening to its voice.” The good people at the Italian site Afronline does not believe that…..