Sunday Morning by Gregory Isaacs
it is actually Sunday morning right now, but it’s really hard for me to think of a moment when G. Isaacs would not be ideal
What in me is dark,
Illumine; what is low, raise and support.
—Milton, Paradise Lost
These statistics are so fascinating to me, especially as they relate to music production and distribution. As the global music industry becomes increasingly digitized — and by extension, democratic — the potential benefits are almost completely negated in most African countries just due to low Internet access. In one respect, the digitization of music could actually be a stratifying factor in East Africa (like, only rich people can access the internet with any regularity or have the portable technology to carry it). In the next few years, it’ll be super interesting to see how the channels and flows of the East African music industry morph to accommodate new tunez in new formats. Mobile phone tech is still clumsy and underdeveloped as a system of music distribution — but it’s a system that’s already diffuse and established, so perhaps all it needs is a little tweaking and refining before it becomes a viable and equally democratic network for accessing & sharing muzik. And when East Africa does figure out a serious and well-oiled system of music distribution, who knows what empowering effects that will have on music creation (which, I think, has up til now been largely stymied by ineffective music-publishing networks).
Love Rain Down by Derrick Ashong & Soulflege
in a crazy world, in a scary world, in a bad bad world, we realized that sometimes even the most innocent among us can have the strength to stand up to the greatest evil
This guy is a brilliant artist. Download his album for free here!
Africa by X Plastaz feat. Fid Q and Bamba Nazar
new song from Arusha’s most illustrious crew
Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care
For the people on the edge of the night
And love dares us to change our way
Of caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is ourselves under pressure
Msoto Millions by Ukoo Flani & Jahcoozi
filmed in Mombasa, KE - one of my rafikis even shows up in here
"The American media environment is now being shaped by two seemingly contradictory trends: on the one hand, new media technologies have lowered production and distribution costs, expanded the range of available delivery channels, and enabled consumers to archive, annotate, appropriate and recirculate media content in powerful new ways. At the same time, there has been an alarming concentration of the ownership of mainstream commercial media, with a small handful of multinational media conglomerates dominating all sectors of the entertainment industry. No one seems capable of describing both sets of changes at the same time, let alone showing how they impact each other. Some fear that the media is out of control, others that it is too controlled. Some see a world without gatekeepers, others a world where gatekeepers have unprecedented power."
-Henry Jenkins, Convergence and Culture
Jenny Holzer - Projections, Chicago 2008
You can’t leave, cause your heart is there/ But you can’t stay, cause you been somewhere else.
—Sly and The Family Stone, 'Family Affair'
Occupy Nairobi? from the Daily Nation.
We are frail, we are fearfully and wonderfully made/ Forged in the fires of human passion, choking on the fumes of selfish rage/ And with these our hells and our heavens, so few inches apart/ We must be awfully small, and not as strong as we think we are.