“Love and Light Interested me so That I dared to knock at the door of the cosmos” – SUN RA Arkestra There is music and there are artists that dare to throw caution to the wind, yet like a masterly boomerang wielder, ensure that whatever they throw windward returns exactly where they are. These artistsContinue reading “Zulu Space Oddities: From Sun Ra to Lupe Fiasco”
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”
“Turn me inside out so my bones can save me” -Lhasa
It has been a long time since I have witnessed a contemporary dance piece that moved me so much. Just a few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to witness the collective multi-disciplinary installation of the Iqhiya Artists, a collective of women who met as students in Cape Town and subsequently formed a movement ofContinue reading “The Language of Dance”
Sound Escapades from the indomitable Pan African Space Station.
jazz poetry anthology
There is a sacred relationship between the natural and the spiritual worlds. I want to write about and for Black people. The people of Afrikan descent who are found all over the world. But we are going to use all knowledge and all the language we have inherited through our oppression and subjection to colonialismContinue reading “its all natural”