Simon Cowell’s progeny.
Friday, June 12th, on the Abrons Main Stage, 466 Grand Street
featuring: Zim Ngqawana – sax
Matthew Shipp – piano
William Parker – bass
Nasheet Waits – drums
HT: Marlon Burgess.
Posted in television, tagged blackness, Buffalo Souljah, DA L.E.S., Gal Level, Hugh Masekela, identity politics, Ikechukwu, Lira, Lizha James, Loyiso, Music, Nina Simone, Pebbles, Stoan, Taygrin, video, Young Gifted and Black, Yvonne Chaka Chaka on June 8, 2009 | 1 Comment »
I am not sure what to make of this video for a brand campaign for Channel O, an African-based MTV-clone. The advertising executives behind the campaign, stripped Nina Simone’s 1968 charged anthem, “Young, Gifted and Black,” from its radical politics, to sell the channel’s consumption-driven identity. (A top-heavy line-up of the continent’s pop stars–Ikechukwu, Lizha James, Buffalo Souljah, Stoan, and Gal Level, among others–line up to sing the lyrics).
I guess identity politics is always for sale.
The Playlist is back. The latest guest is Jeremy Weate. He blogs as Naijablog (one of my daily bookmarks), is behind Cassava Republic Press in Abuja (with his partner, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf) and has a hand in the new Nigerian newspaper, NEXT, that has everyone talking.
For his playlist, Jeremy picked “… music that utterly inspires me to the bottom of my soul and back up again – guaranteed mood-lifters”
Large parts of Mos Def’s new album, “The Ecstatic,” has been leaked already. That does not put a damper on the anticipation.