No one in the world represents the spirit of resilience and tenacity like Black Women. In the face of racial prejudices, toxic patriarchy, and colonial social ills, She mothers the world and with dignity, continues to affirm Afrika’s genius.
Stories Set To Music: 1/11/2018 The original version of this story appeared around 2018-2019 and began with this quote from a Blood Orange song, “I can be the only one / but do you even want me to …”; the point was to highlight the highs and lows of romantic love as well as theContinue reading “Songs In The Chi of Love”
If there was an MC that could be handed the accolades for being the very epitome of the culture called HIP HOP, it would have to be the one called Blastmaster KRS-One. We will elucidate later why this is …
“Our subject is not music as an abstract art, but music as a force which affects all who hear it. Music – not as entertainment only, but as a literal power. Whether we are within audible range of music, its influence is playing upon us constantly.” – David Tame, The Secret Power of Music TowardsContinue reading “Words of Power, Sounds of Peace”
A conversation that turned into an argument on Facebook today, which was about the lyrical prowess of US rapper Jay-Z really got me thinking about Black aesthetics in a general sense. The debate was sparked by someone who said that they were alarmed at how much praise that Jay-Z gets for displaying a skill thatContinue reading “The Communal and Intellectual Properties of Afrikan Cultural Aesthetics (part 1)”
There is time for the drum, a time for the voice, a time for the string instrument and the wind instrument – and then there is a time for the algorithmic microchip – the sound of the kinetic electric multiverse. This particular artist is one of the masters of the electronic magik craft …He getsContinue reading “Spherical Sounds”
Please note that I wrote this in November 2014. I am only re-sharing here as I am moving some articles/notes/essays from one old blog into this one. Some of these will form part of the upcoming book, The House of Plenty. The CHI: Thoughtless Dancers or Dancing Thinkers? In his book Representing African Music: PostcolonialContinue reading “Thoughtless Dancers to Dancing Thinkers”