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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

To discover Stuart Hall …

To discover Hall is to discover the immense possibility of being different. I first encountered Stuart Hall: on the radio. After a crisp introduction from the BBC presenter, Stuart Hall’s velvet voice and articulated conviction filled the room. For 45 minutes I listened captivated as Hall recounted his childhood in Jamaica and his time as

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Music Break. Jolly Boys

These guys remind me of Sunday afternoons at my great aunt’s house in Parkwood.

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

10 songs about Marcus Garvey

Roots reggae singer Fred Locks count downs the top 10 songs about Marcus Garvey (including his own “Black Star Liners”) from Port Royal, Jamaica for the revamped Large Up. The blog, with its focus on Caribbean culture,...

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Stuart Hall speaks

About 30 minutes worth of ideas from Stuart Hall in an interview last month with the BBC4’s “Thinking Allowed” program. Some of the references brought into the conversation by Hall and his interlocutor, Laurie Taylor: Hall being...

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Found Objects, No. 13

The UK (via Jamaica) toaster, Tapper Zukia’s “MPLA” off the album from the same name. Because the song (and the album) came out in 1975, some made links to the Angolan liberation movement, the Movimento Popular de Libertação...

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Somewhere in Africa (The Remix)

Remember Meta and Cornerstones’ tune “Somewhere in Africa“? It got a makeover as a remix (with a new video) featuring Peeta of Jamaican reggae band, Morgan Heritage. Have to say I like the remix better.

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Nas and Damian Marley Goes to Africa

I have blogged before about “Distant Relatives,” the collaboration between Nas and Damian Marley where they make explicit the connections African music and rap and reggae. Well, now two of the tracks off the forthcoming album have now...

Friday, December 11th, 2009

RASTAFARI IN ETHIOPIA

Nice short insert from Dutch TV station, Metropolis TV (the inserts are produced by local correspondents) of a young Ethiopian Rasta–a descendant of a Jamaican family who had moved to a small town 250 km outside the...

Friday, November 6th, 2009

MUSIC BREAK / DELROY WILSON

It’s Friday, I’m tired, but I’m in a dancing mood. This is good, but my favorite Delroy Wilson track, still? “True Believer in Love.”

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

WEEKEND LINKS / MIXTAPES, EMIGRATION, RACE, BINGO, JACKSON FIVE, GENDER VIOLENCE, DANCEHALL, AFRICOM, CHRIS HANI, JULIUS MALEMA, AND BRICK CITY

A busy week on the personal front (more on that another time) so that means a lot of stuff gets the speed blog treatment. * First up, a link to the “Parts of Africa” hip hop mix:...

Monday, October 5th, 2009

The Ghostface Killah School of Music

Listen to the tune in this Vampire Weekend video (forget the aesthetic) and you’ll immediately identify the South African maskanda borrowings. But rapper Ghostface Killah (who should know better?) thinks otherwise. Q: Vampire Weekend is a group...