Friday, May 3rd, 2013
From Luanda: Dj Djeff has Nacobeta, Agre G & Game Walla doing their thing in the new video for “Mwangolé”. There’s a standard success script for all those kuduro videos out there. Not that we mind:
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
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...
Monday, October 10th, 2011
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 out an album, “Mos Def & Talib...
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
We’re still waiting for that album to drop. Jean Grae is indeed South African jazz couple Abdullah Ibrahim and Sathima Bea Benjamin’s daughter. Sara Benincasa, by the way, feels about Jean Grae the way the Tea Party...
Saturday, October 1st, 2011
The period video for the recently released “Classic” by MED, featuring Talib Kweli.
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Keeping with the oil theme, here’s Talib Kweli, featuring his frequent collaborator Hi-Tek and Imani Uzuri, from June 2010.
Monday, November 1st, 2010
It’s no secret that I am a big fan of the Noisettes and their singer and bassist, Shingai Shoniwa. She’s like a 21st century Eartha Kitt. So I was surprised to read a tweet by Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli that Shoniwa’s...