New Myths Needed

I just love the first song that they have chosen to begin with during the break of this Conversation, its title, “One Day Suffer Go Finish‘, says it all. Part of Discussion: ‘The distance between how things are and how things should be in Zimbabwe” – ( Man from Chitungwiza)  Having followed the Chimurenga andContinue reading “New Myths Needed”

When Music is Way more Than

Sounding The Ancient Future Thoughts  “Delmark Records ‎– DS-413 (US, 1968) https://www.discogs.com/Richard-Abram… 00:00 A1. Levels And Degrees Of Light 10:35 A2. My Thoughts Are My Future – Now And Forever 20:17 B1. The Bird Song Side A: Recorded at Sound Studio. Side B: Recorded at Ter-Mar. Personnel: Muhal Richard Abrams: piano, clarinet Anthony Braxton: altoContinue reading “When Music is Way more Than”

The Freedom Trap

Is music the ultimate expression of human freedom? Having written so much about the music called jazz and the socio-political nuances it often carries, I do feel like I may be laboring the point just a bit, but each time I look through my old notes, I keep finding half-finished essays and quotations connected toContinue reading “The Freedom Trap”

Grown Folks Music for the Young At Heart

I have been listening to a lot of mainstream music lately. It has been a deliberate effort to re-open my otherwise discerning and discriminating ears to the sounds of whats ‘popping’. Needless to say, I am still very underwhelmed with what passes as Pop music and Pop Culture in general. But this does not meanContinue reading “Grown Folks Music for the Young At Heart”

Puppets On A Strange God’s String

I must state clearly that I have never entertained nor tolerated any discussions regarding the so called Illuminati, the secret societies that are said to run the world. I am neither a believer in Satan nor the Gods of the Jews and Christians. To me, these are all distractions that keep humanity in perpetual mentalContinue reading “Puppets On A Strange God’s String”

Ancient Future Sounds

Knowledge production in Afrika is second-nature. We make stories, images and music as if by default, or is it all by design? Within the Afrocentric school of thought there are as many artists, orators and researchers as there are scientists, designers as there are technocrats. The celebrated writer Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie is absolutely correct when sheContinue reading “Ancient Future Sounds”

Phinda Ufak’ugesi: For The Love of the Electronic Sound

Buzzing with the adrenaline inducing sounds of Jungle inna mi newly dread-less hed … I remain in awe of Music, its healing and revealing powers … feeling great and newly liberated but still feeling rather weird … the music helps …heals visible and invisible wounds …and as Marley sang “When it hits u feel noContinue reading “Phinda Ufak’ugesi: For The Love of the Electronic Sound”

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