Friday, June 1st, 2012

Friday Music Break, N°12

I’m taking over the Friday music break this week. First up, the prolific Azonto producer E.L. surprises us this week with a 25 track debut album. He had so many songs stored up he decided to release a video for one that’s not even on the album. Check his Swagga.

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Necessary doses of pan-Africanism: Spoek Mathambo remixes Seun Kuti

Take this necessary dose of pan-Africanism with your vitamins. K’Naan and Nas’s “Nothing to Lose” video qualifies. So does Spoek Mathambo remixing Seun Kuti.  Kuti tours the US this summer and Mathambo has a new album coming out...

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Friday Music Bonus Edition

So drawn into the video (a plethora of faces, personalities and historic moments) Atlanta trio Algiers made for ‘Blood’, I forgot to pay attention to the lyrics the first time seeing it:

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Queensbridge, Rexdale and Mogadishu

Behind the scenes video of Nas and K’Naan on the set of the latter’s music video for “Nothing to Lose” in Toronto. The video premieres on Friday. * BTW, sometime later this week we should have Boima’s...

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Friday Music Bonus Edition

Let’s do a Friday Diaspora edition. There are some half-baked attempts at linking the videos in here. But don’t take them too seriously. French-Congolese Youssoupha on living in France in ‘Irréversible’ (he couldn’t not refer to the...

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Nas’s Angola Blues

In “If I ruled the World,” Nas raps: “I’d open every cell in Attica send em to Africa.” Then in the 1998 Hype Williams feature film “Belly” (costar DMX), Nas’s character wants to move his girlfriend and...

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Good doses of pan-Africanism*

Since it first came out last year I’ve had Nas and Damian Marley’s concept album “Distant Relatives” on repeat. There are some lapses on the album, but I really like the track “The Promised Land.” Basically Marley...

Thursday, May 5th, 2011


Earlier this week ESPN won seven Sports Emmy Awards, including one for music during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, like the video–played at the start of broadcasts and during breaks from the studio in South...

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Nneka & Nas Present: Heartbeat

If you’re a regular reader, then you know we love Nigerian-German songstress Nneka. Her new album, Concrete Jungle, has been out for a few months and she’s now on tour with Nas and Damian Marley, aka Distant...

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

‘Symbols of Liberia’s Struggle’*

Rapper Nas narrates a short insert on ESPN’s “E:60″ on the Liberian national amputee team made up of men, often former enemies, who lost the use of their legs or arms in Liberia’s very recent civil war. ...

Friday, May 7th, 2010

‘Ya’ll feel me even if it’s in Swahili’*

The official video for the Nas-Damian Marley’s single, “As We Enter” off “The Distant Relatives” album, is finally online. * That’s a lyric from the song. [It seems the video has been taken down after a complaint...

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Trailer: “Distant Relatives”

The new 5 minute trailer for the new Nas-Damian Marley collaboration, “Distant Relatives”–out next month–where they engage with the music of Africa. (I’ve blogged before about some of the leaked tunes from the album.) Can’t wait for...

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...

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009


I am looking forward to the release of Nas and Damian Marley’s new project “Distant Relatives,” which deliberately highlights the African roots of hip hop and reggae. (They sample, among others, Fela Kuti; on the MySpace Page...