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Bonus: Friday Music Break, N°37

10 new music videos to finish this week of blogging. Here’s a first video by photographer and graphic designer Laurent Seroussi for Salif Keita’s new Tale album, produced by Gotan Project’s Philippe…..

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Yasiin Bey plays a mbira …

[brightcove vid=1834387612001&exp3=672912957001&surl=http://c.brightcove.com/services&pubid=1578131987&pk=AQ~~,AAAAAF4QYhM~,8vMx38_7mU4SgZM9MmVRmS1UV8wEysw8&lbu=http://www.gq.com/video/videos/yasiin-bey-mos-def&w=486&h=412] This was done for GQ Magazine. He also raps half-heartedly. I suppose, we should be “tril(led).” He should’ve asked Shabazz Palaces* about what you can do with a…..

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Friday Music Bonus Edition

Our weekly round-up of new (and a little less new) music videos. First, this great video for ‘I Am An African,’ the first single of Dutch-Ghanaian artist Papa Ghana’s EP ‘I…..

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Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Last Wednesday the Brooklyn rappers collectively known as Black Star*–Mos Def (now going as Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli–were guests on the satirical news show,”The Colbert Report.” They last brought…..

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Free Fort Greene

My neighborhood Fort Greene in Brooklyn, one of the oldest in the borough, is changing beyond recognition, but we still have the annual Fort Greene Festival on Saturday, June 25……

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Music Break

Mos Def, “Umi Says,” Live at the Austin City Limits Festival 2009.

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As-Salāmu Alaykum

This short clip of Brooklyn’s Mos Def, offering greetings while performing at the most recent edition of a Muslim-led arts festival held annually (in mid-July) on the southside of Chicago,…..

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Music Fridays

Mos Def is back. Which means I am happy. This for Ski Beats’ new album coming out in September.