Rebels from the Amen Corner Inspired by Joshua Marara Maponga and Mkhulu Nsingiza The children of the stolen soil need not fear There is no dearth of leadership here, Afrika is not devoid of her teachers, warner’s and prophets There are the truly inspired as well as the thirsty for profits As the peopleContinue reading “Poem for Maponga and Nsingiza”
threads of rhythmic memory music charged with the spirit of defiant dreams disquieting bass-lines and translucent chords imbued with the memory of these walls the visionary ghosts of women and men who have toiled here through the streets of bloodied gold and toxic asbestos brought here trembling and cold to life by the music thatContinue reading “Written To Jazz by Biko’s Dream”
This article originally appeared on: Genres of the Human In his new book, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics, Louis Chude-Sokei samples freely from history, music, literature and science, conjuring new meanings from dead texts, to build an echo chamber where the discourses of race and technology collide. At a time when automation threatens jobs andContinue reading “Such and Suchness”
Time is but a moment in a capsule … jazz music told me so but also insisted that i remember that it ain’t necessarily so we’ve drifted in and out to and fro the storied shores of love with music as the sea of reeds with music as a seed bearing the living trees withContinue reading “Time Signatures Overtures”
I know that the title reads Alice Coltrane and Joe Henderson, much respect to these greats, but the start of this particular goosebump inducing song is the bassist Charlie Haden and of course the narrator etc, Kenneth Nash.
When will the Performance End? From Red lipped black books to cyber-spaced face books we still dance the minstrel show paid, underpaid and unpaid slaves With no intergenerational wealth to show While my people being the greater Gods still give away our Powers we Give until we got nothing for to live that is oursContinue reading “freed style poetics”
I recently wrote an almost 5000 word short-story for some lucrative competition. Nervous as I was when I sent it, flaws and all, I was a little proud of it. I had meant to suffuse the whole tale with lots of music, lots of carefully placed images or symbols of Southern Afrikan, Nile Valley symbolismContinue reading “Stories Of Various Nows”
Lyric by Kurt Elling incorporating “Winter Stars” by Sara Teasdale (Flame and Shadow, 1920) Afloat and all at sea / the stars align in threes They’re so fine and free / in blue and in green Like leaves on endless trees Come climb the sky with me / come hear and come to see MelodyContinue reading “because perfection exists”