We will walk together in Billy Harper-land. There are those who quietly walk in the shadow of celebrity and fashion. None the less bright does their star glow. Indeed it’s ever the brighter for being in the dark.
Cody takes his quirky arty concept thang to the bridge. He really owns his otherness with tracks like This Green Leaf and the Image Of Love. Indeed this whole album requires that you prepare for the unexpected, even on the second or third listen.
From phantasmagoric images to social realism, we find an overflowing of creativity and imagination united to an irrepressible sense of spirit and talent.
These are portraits of the aunts and uncles that represent the African and Caribbean cultural sound embodied in the UK, and we salute them.
This is not a beginner’s course in Black American culture. This exhibit advances beyond any other I have witnessed on the art and creativity of this here soul nation.
Jeremy Corbyn has shown conspiracy theorists like myself that someone who actually stands by his principles and stands up to big money corporations can rise to the top.
The Burnt Sugar Arkestra is made up of a eclectic lineup of musicians who have played with everyone from Parliament Funkedelic to Jeff Buckley, and from Butch Morris to The Roots. In my opinion this trumps any previous attempts to orally account for the Black bohemian lifestyle of today.
It has long been noted that Black people don’t normally feature in horror films. Black people are more often depicted as acting out our tensions through musical expression and comedy before allowing fears to overtake us.
This week we’re all about Valentines, and particularly the Resonance FM Fund Drive Valentine Day gig taking place February 14, 2017.
The idea for this show was to do something about Donald. But I was surprised that his ascension hasn’t inspired more musicians to record songs protesting his rise to power. We eventually found cool alternative hip hop artists reporting to duty led by the formidable Chuck D.
Going back to Africa is a dream for many Black Americans. The return to the motherland – the original mothership connection. We found loving outreach, clay dusted roads, anonymous mix tapes and heads balancing heavy loads.
I found relationships too emotional, like squeezing your body thru a crack, so I go to movies to release the stress, to watch Fassbinder explode and to watch Spike Lee confess.
Is Black Music is back live on the air this Tuesday 6th at midnight on Resonance 104.4 for another season of programming.
George Clinton is in so many ways an exceptional genius. Like his forerunner Sun Ra, one of his incredible talents was in nourishing and squeezing out creativity from overlooked and talented straying musicians.
He WAS The Greatest! He was the fastest. He was invincible. To get in a fight with him would be utter suicide. Not just physically, but spiritually and culturally as well.
Funk can appear masculine and tough. So lessons are to be learned from the women who dared venture there and still hold on to their femininity and gracefully render that fat beat.
Really Gil lands alternative soul points on so many levels. But I think in the Black community he will always be remembered as the Godfather of Protest Music.