Words of Power, Sounds of Peace

“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”

The Communal and Intellectual Properties of Afrikan Cultural Aesthetics (part 1)

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)”

Spherical Sounds

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”

Thoughtless Dancers to Dancing Thinkers

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”

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