harikondabolu:

ukbp:

UNTITLED KONDABOLU BROTHERS PODCAST #14 is finally available on iTunes (http://bit.ly/SMqaGr) & Libsyn (http://bit.ly/1oB6ZIC). We talk to special guest W. Kamau Bell about white demonry, interracial relationships, white demonry, Bill Maher, white demonry and the power of standup comedy. http://www.kondabolubrothers.com

THE BEST PODCAST WE’VE EVER DONE!!! LISTEN!!!

So great. I laughed and laughed. There’s this one spot where one of their (non-Black) guests/friends said he’ll keep saying “colored people,” which uhhh… But besides that, Hari+Ashok+Kamau are hilarious together and on point, and I want to be friends with some of their audience members. Hari, if you’re out there, I can’t wait til the next UKBP!
xo,
MCMZ

harikondabolu:

ukbp:

UNTITLED KONDABOLU BROTHERS PODCAST #14 is finally available on iTunes (http://bit.ly/SMqaGr) & Libsyn (http://bit.ly/1oB6ZIC). We talk to special guest W. Kamau Bell about white demonry, interracial relationships, white demonry, Bill Maher, white demonry and the power of standup comedy. http://www.kondabolubrothers.com

THE BEST PODCAST WE’VE EVER DONE!!! LISTEN!!!

So great. I laughed and laughed. There’s this one spot where one of their (non-Black) guests/friends said he’ll keep saying “colored people,” which uhhh… But besides that, Hari+Ashok+Kamau are hilarious together and on point, and I want to be friends with some of their audience members. Hari, if you’re out there, I can’t wait til the next UKBP!

xo,

MCMZ

Today, we celebrate(d) the birth of our Lord Beysus. Below, my short prayer:

Dear Beysus,

May you bless us always with your Sasha fierce light. May you instill in us continued strength in our collective fight to dismantle the white supremacist patriarchy. You are EVERYTHING!!

Amen.

MCMZ

Also, re: the video above: I love how direct and fearless she is in her directing and how she knows exactly what she wants. Like this moment where she’s talking to this white guy special effects engineer, and she’s goes, “I don’t like that the beat comes in before the beat comes in. You can’t give away the song. I give away the song.” Yass.

aaww-nyc:

We’ve been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered again, discussing #WeNeedDiverseBooks and publishing vs. POC!
"And if [you] can’t imagine that people of color actually exist and can buy books, then you can’t imagine selling books to them. That’s not just about a company corporate diversity policy; it’s about actually knowing what’s going on in communities of color."
CHECK IT OUT
Our boy Ken!

^That aired a couple weeks ago, but this line:
“Your ability to imagine there being a market [for people of color] has to do with your ability to imagine that those people exist.” -Ken Chen of Asian American Writer’s Workshop 
So key.
At work lately, I’ve also really been feeling what Ken said about it not just being about company diversity policy but rather about actually knowing—and making an effort to learn about—what’s going on in communities of color. And at some point in some meeting soon, I will brandish that fact about Black women being the largest group of readers in the country. 
xo,
MCMZ

aaww-nyc:

We’ve been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered again, discussing #WeNeedDiverseBooks and publishing vs. POC!

"And if [you] can’t imagine that people of color actually exist and can buy books, then you can’t imagine selling books to them. That’s not just about a company corporate diversity policy; it’s about actually knowing what’s going on in communities of color."

CHECK IT OUT

Our boy Ken!

^That aired a couple weeks ago, but this line:

Your ability to imagine there being a market [for people of color] has to do with your ability to imagine that those people exist.” -Ken Chen of Asian American Writer’s Workshop 

So key.

At work lately, I’ve also really been feeling what Ken said about it not just being about company diversity policy but rather about actually knowing—and making an effort to learn about—what’s going on in communities of colorAnd at some point in some meeting soon, I will brandish that fact about Black women being the largest group of readers in the country. 

xo,

MCMZ

Check out this teaser for “Landini,” the title track of Aurelio’s new album out September 15th on Stonetree Records!

Just to indulge myself a little on this Monday: back when I interned with Smithsonian Folkways, Umalali - The Garifuna Women’s Project - came and played like 2-3 shows a day for 10 days in the sweltering DC heat for the annual Folklife Festival. It was grueling for them, I’m sure, but they still brought joy every time. A few other interns and I literally snuck over almost every day to dance with them, and every set was total bliss. 

I’m looking forward to Aurelio’s release come September, and I can’t wait for Umalali’s next move.

xo,

MCMZ 

Fou Malade et Le Bat’haillon Blin-d - “Nous Irons Danser” - On Va Tout Dire (2008)

So relevant, unfortunately. This is the track I closed out my Wednesday set on Global Beat with (and the one we couldn’t quite squeeze in on Versed Radio). So if for whatever reason you don’t listen to either of those sets, at least listen to this.

xo,

MCMZ

Check out the newest episode of Versed Radio on KFAI, ft yours truly talking/playing Hip Hop Galsen: bit.ly/1roE8i9. Plus protest music from around the world addressing the injustices in Ferguson and beyond. Thanks to DJ Lady Em and DJ Kary for having me on! #getversed
xo,
MCMZ
PS Check the next Tumblr post for the track I mention at the end of my segment on Versed.
PPS Look at how young Awadi and Duggy Tee look in this photo.

Check out the newest episode of Versed Radio on KFAI, ft yours truly talking/playing Hip Hop Galsen: bit.ly/1roE8i9Plus protest music from around the world addressing the injustices in Ferguson and beyond. Thanks to DJ Lady Em and DJ Kary for having me on! #getversed

xo,

MCMZ

PS Check the next Tumblr post for the track I mention at the end of my segment on Versed.

PPS Look at how young Awadi and Duggy Tee look in this photo.

THIS ROCKS. Jeelal, jeelal, jeelal, bu la neexe jeelal! (approx. Take it, take it, take it, when it makes you happy, take it!)

From Awesome Tapes:

"From the forthcoming international release of Aby Ngana Diop’s "Liital" tape on LP/CD/MP3/Limited Edition Cassette on Awesome Tapes From Africa, September 2, 2014.

Aby Ngana Diop was the most famous taasukat in Dakar, Senegal in the 1980s and 1990s. Taasu is a Wolof-language poetic style, usually performed by women griots over frenetic drum patterns, with an aggressive verbal flow thought to presage rap. Her only album Liital was groundbreaking in the history of Senegalese music because it was the first commercial recording to feature a traditional female taasukat performing to the modern accompaniment of mbalax, Senegal’s quintessential pop genre.”

To elaborate further on Awesome Tapes’s description above, here’s a little excerpt from the article “The Rapper as Modern Griot: Reclaiming Ancient Traditions” by mbalax scholar and MIT professor of sabar Patty Tang:

"The Wolof verb taas means ‘to bless’ or ‘to praise.’ A kind of poetry, taasu is almost always declaimed to the rhythmic accompaniment of drums or calabashes or tin bowls. According to Mariama Ndoye Mbengue, ‘Taasu are formulas created by women in a variety of circumstances, often to mock, sometimes to glorify themselves or a third person. They are two or three lines long, [but] in any case, are rarely long…The composer declaims her refrain, then the drum and the dance follow. It is an entertaining genre that takes place during family ceremonies…It serves as a social regulator’ (Ndoye 1982: 28; translated in McNee 1996:67).”

P. Tang goes on to say that there’s a desire to link rap to taasu, but that the connection seems to be an oversimplification; too many other peoples on the continent have strong rhythmic poetic traditions to really be able to trace rap back to taasu in particular. If you’re interested, P. Tang’s article is a chapter in the book Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing WorldAnd don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the rest of Mme Aby Ngana Diop’s tape in Sept!

xo,

MCMZ

ps …for the record, not that it really matters, but i indented and added quotations marks to the block quotations just for the sake of clarity!

Here’s the brand new vid for "Ndar Ndar" by One Pac, directed by producer-about-town MaoHappy lil hip hop love song for Ndar, aka Saint Louis.

Saint Louis is the undisputed jazz capital of Senegal, where the Festival International de Jazz de Saint Louis happens every year. So it makes sense that One Pac incorporated that aspect of his and his city’s identity into this track and more broadly into his first album Hip Hop Soul Jazz, which this track comes from (…and which I haven’t yet seen materialize in its entirety, at least not online).

We could get into some of Saint Louis’s heavy colonial baggage and the interesting manifestations of the über-French influence there (like in its architecture, its Wolof, its complicated French pride, etc). But, especially amidst all the world’s heartbreaking madness lately, it might do good just to take this video for what it is, which is simply a homeboy’s love for his hometown. 

xo,

MCMZ

Ms. Janelle’s “Electric Lady” vid, in which she springs some TAMA DRUM / MBALAX ACTION on us from 0:52-0:55. I even cued it up for you here, because that’s what tumblr friends are for.

xo,

MCMZ

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