Robin DG Kelley


Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Sathima Benjamin, jazz and postwar “modern” Africa

The life and career of the South African jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin have been the subject of both popular and scholarly attention lately. In the last two years alone, she’s been the subject of an excellent documentary film (Sathima’s Windsong by anthropologist Daniel Yon) and one of four jazz musicians profiled in “Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

New book on ‘how modern Africa reshaped jazz’

Following his lengthy Thelonius Monk biography, historian Robin DG Kelley, has a new book, “Africa Speaks, America Answers,” on how “modern Africa reshaped jazz, how modern jazz helped form a new African identity, and how musical convergences...