Posts Tagged ‘Hip-Hop’

Ghanaian artist Delasi

Music Spotlight: Delasi’s Where Do We Go?

Spoken word artist, singer and songwriter out of Ghana, Delasi (@Delasimusic), shows us images of Ghana that we won’t find on CNN, in his video Where Do We Go? While news flashes of exotic wildlife, beaches, oil money and Hope City are seen on mainstream media outlets, in his video Delasi shows images of poverty […]

African in New York

Music: African in New York – The Immigrant Experience

Ghanaian artist Blitz the Ambassador talks the immigrant experience in New York with his new song “African in New York.” The song already grabbed my heart with an intro from one of my favorite movies, Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.

The 7 train rolls by 5 Pointz

Art + Activism: Saving 5 Pointz

  I recently took to the graffiti mecca 5 Pointz, as I got word on twitter that it will be torn down this year to make way for luxury apartments. Over 350 murals can be seen decorating the five story industrial complex in Long Island City (LIC), Queens. The name 5 Pointz symbolizes artists coming […]

Teck Zilla in London

Music Spotlight: 7 Questions with Teck Zilla

Meet Teck Zilla. DJ. Writer. Martial Arts Enthusiast. He’s many things, but I got a chance to speak to him as his role as a music producer. He’s been getting a lot of  play with his groundbreaking audio-documentary series. Navigating unchartered territory,

Chris Brown

Chris Brown in Accra – What’s the Big Deal?

One of the reasons I was excited to move to Accra is that it’s building itself as a hub in West Africa for digital media. And Ghana is working towards that with the launch of the Hope City Project. Hope City will be an IT hub that will also include Africa’s largest building. Read more […]

Afro JETS Club Project

Revolutionary Music and Politics in Africa 101: A Mix by Teck Zilla

Last week I featured an audio-docmentary of Fela Kuti by producer  Teck Zilla. This week I’ll highlight his first audio-documentary track, The Afro J.E.T.S. Club Project. With J.E.T.S. standing for Justice, Equality, Truth, and Sacrifice, Teck features voices who fought for Africa’s liberation. Leaders like Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana’s first president), Nnamdi Azikiwe (Nigeria’s first president) […]

Fela and Ginger Baker

It’s a Felabration, Bitches: An Audio-Documentary

Last year, for Black History Month, I profiled Black American celebrities who traced their African ancestry. This year, still taking it back to Africa, but this time with some great music.  I found a mix, by Nigerian Producer Teck Zilla. Teck Zilla, based in Montreal, teamed up with Society HAE to produce an audio-documentary of […]

The Green Album

Music – Mos Def’s Travelin’ Man Mixed with Al Green

Four years ago a professor assigned us to chose a theme song for our life. I was in an intense summer

Bigfoot

Music Spotlight – 7 Questions with Bigfoot

His style: unorthodox, emotional, and diverse.  From the hip-hop beat Moonraker to the new age sound of Into the Morning, his style of production is as eclectic as they come.  

Emmanuel Jal

Music Spotlight – Emmanuel Jal; Music of a War Child

This post is dedicated to South Sudanese musician Emmanuel Jal. Emmanuel Jal is a former child-soldier,