Everybody take out your bicycles

An eclectic playlist of music that features musicians as diverse as Horace Silver, Obour, Black Dillinger and Mzungu Kichaa.

A still of Black Dillinger, via Richvibes Records.

We like music so much, we have an oversupply of suggestions for our “Music Break” post. So why not offer you all that other music – well at least seven of them at a time – that did not make the cut?

Black Dillinger, “From a Place”
Let’s admit it, we all have at least once – willing suspension of disbelief – considered how much different Cape Town could look like if everybody took out their bicycles rather than their cars, as Black Dillinger reminds us in his new video. Or maybe not.

Mzungu Kichaa, “Jitolee”
Mzungu Kichaa (literally: the crazy white man) has a Danish father and an English mother, but grew up in East Africa and has been doing East African Bongo Flava since its early days in 1999/2000. He was in Bongo Records with Juma Nature, Professor Jay, Solo Thang and all the artists who invented the genre. Today he represents East African abroad as well as back home in East Africa. He speaks Kiswahili fluently and writes his songs himself. This song Jitolee is from his first album Tujo Pumoja.

Streets to the Hill, “El Shaddai”
We like this circa 2007 cover by Oakland R&B due Streets to the Hill consisting of guitarist Ryan Daisley and vocalist Nasambu (her family is Kenyan). Not sure if they still exist.

Teba, “Food of Life”
Looks like rooftop concerts are trending in Cape Town. Connected: the new music video for “original social worker” Teba’s song “Food of Life.”

Obour, “Obour.”
Some consciousness from Ghanaian hiplife musician, Obour where he “… goes back to his Atenteben days.” We are assuming this is about him going back to his ‘traditions’ or his childhood. Anyway, we can dance to this.

BD Banx, “Jump”
Now for something totally out of left field. We need more of Brussels-based rapper BD Banx (born to Congolese parents).

Horace Silver, “I Had A Little Talk”
Finally, slowing it down. Taking you back to 1971. Jazz pionist Horace Silver (and his quintet) with ‘I Had A Little Talk …’ off his album, “The United States of Mind.”

Further Reading

Take it to the house

On this month’s AIAC Radio, Boima celebrates all things basketball, looking at its historical relationships with music and race, then focusing on Africa’s biggest names in the sport.

El maestro siempre

Maky Madiba Sylla is a militant filmmaker excavating iconic Africans whose legacies he believes need to be known widely—like the singer Laba Sosseh.

Madiba and Mali

There is a remarkable connection between Mali and South Africa, dating back to the liberation struggle, and actively encouraged by the author’s work.

A devil’s deal

Rwanda’s proposed refugee deal with Britain is another strike against President Paul Kagame’s claim that he is an authentic and fearless pan-Africanist who advocates for the less fortunate.

Red and Black

Yunxiang Gao’s new book takes a fresh look at connected lives of African American and Chinese leftist activists, artists and intellectuals after World War II.

The Dar es Salaam years

In the early 1970s, Walter Rodney, expelled from Jamaica, took a post in Tanzania. In Leo Zeilig’s new book, he captures those exciting, but also difficult years and how it formed Rodney.

Rushing to boycott

The cultural boycott of Russia turns to the flawed precedent of apartheid South Africa for inspiration, while ignoring the much more carefully considered boycott of official Israeli culture by the BDS Movement.

The party question

Marcel Paret’s book, “Fragmented Militancy: Precarious Resistance in South Africa after Racial Inclusion,” tries to make sense of politics in South African urban informal settlements.

The missing pieces

Between melancholy, terror, and disillusion, Petit Pays is a groundbreaking and eye-opening take on one of the darkest pages of African history, one that is often misunderstood in the West.