Category Archive: Articles

Articles: Mali: no rhythm or reason as militants declare war on music

“The pickup halted in Kidal, the far-flung Malian desert town that is home to members of the Grammy award-winning band Tinariwen. Seven AK47-toting militiamen got out and marched to the family home of a… Continue reading

Treasure Island Interview: Twenty-five years on, Chuck D and Public Enemy still fighting the power

“When Public Enemy burst onto the music scene in 1987, helping to popularize rap (along with the Beastie Boys and Run DMC), socio-politically conscious co-founder and MC Chuck D polarized the country with… Continue reading


October 10, 2012 (MMD Newswire) — In the historical-fiction-fantasy book, The Ballad Of Dred Scott, Dred Scott is chosen to be the champion of the universe; to bring an end to slavery in… Continue reading

Show #25 Feature: A Conversation w. Baloji

Mike Brown and I met Baloji at The Smile, a cozy restaurant tucked away in the basement level of Bond St., Soho. Early risers (a few recognizable faces in fashion) nip at their… Continue reading

Bigger Than Hip Hop: Interview with Kahli Abdu

(source: Keepsmag, 19 July 2012) “Keeps: How did you start this? Kahli: 1996 I was in Secondary School, St John College Jos and I fell in love with rap, my cousin put me… Continue reading

Show #23 Highlight: Jay Electronica Album Drop Alert

(source: “Fans of Jay Electronica have been waiting patiently for what seems like forever for the New Orleans MC’s debut, but now the elusive project is one step closer to becoming a… Continue reading

Show #23 Highlight: Who is Joey Bada$$

“Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew took over SOB’s last night in front of a packed house. Afterwards, Bada$$ took time out to take some flicks with his fans while just about… Continue reading

Show #22 Highlight: Interview with Fela’s Son: Femi Kuti

Africa: ‘It Sounds Like I’m Blowing My Own Trumpet’ – an Interview With Femi Kuti BY CLYDE MACFARLANE Femi Kuti is the spitting image of his father Fela, and one could easily mistake… Continue reading

Who is Oneness of Juju?

“A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of… Continue reading

Revolutionary Road: Music from Carthage to Cairo

From NPR, 4 June 2012: “Join NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep as he travels this month to Tunisia, Libya and Egypt to tell the stories of North Africans one year after the… Continue reading