Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Stevie Wonder in Brooklyn

Stevie Wonder Takes Over Brooklyn

Artists and media makers now have a new home in Brooklyn, The BRIC Arts Media. The $41 million dollar project houses art galleries, studios and a broadcasting center. Last month they celebrated all things Stevie Wonder. Check out all the fun they had below.

Foto Friday: Puerto Rican Roots Music

A random Friday night in East Harlem, the band Yerbabuena plays Puerto Rican roots music, Bomba y Plena. Bomba is percussion-based and comes from enslaved Africans on the island in the 17th century. Plena was created from Bomba in the 20th century. Together the sounds make up the soundtrack of the Afro-Puerto Rican experience. Catch […]

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.

Girl Chief Rocker

Foto Friday – Girl Chief Rocker

My last few months in Ghana were particularly difficult, but that’s another blog post. One of my guilty pleasures to get through was engaging in music photography. I miss this as in New York, at least the venues I’ve been to, it’s hard to engage in photography.

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,

Kwame Nkrumah

Happy Independence Day Ghana From Spoken Word Artist, Black

March 6th marks the day Ghana turns 56. In 1957, Ghana became the first Black African nation to gain independence from colonization. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was one of the main leaders that helped Ghana obtain its independence from Britain. (Fun fact about Dr. Kwame Nkrumah: he attended the HBCU Lincoln University in Pennsylvania).

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 […]