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Monday, October 28th, 2013

Black Violin

A couple of weeks ago, Black Violin played at Bloomington’s historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Sitting in the front row with my daughter, who plays the violin (her idea, not mine), I fretted when I noticed the house wasn’t at capacity. What a welcome, I thought. But my worry was in vain. Black Violin had the entire

Monday, February 13th, 2012

When Rick Ross went to South Africa and Gabon

For some odd reason the latest issue of The New Yorker ran a profile of rapper Rick Ross. Lots of good, clever writing by Sasha Frere Jones on familiar controversies about Ross (for example, Frere Jones calls...

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

‘Very African and Very Modern’

It may be tempting to read Congolese-Belgian rapper Baloji's music as a relatively straightforward exercise in “indigenizing” or localizing hip-hop, but the story of his transnational musical moorings — especially his ambivalence toward Congolese pop — complicates...