Facetime w/ Strangers: Yonkwi on his early days in Japan, production versus programming, and if we can still label artists

We now live in a world where Afrobeats is played in mainstream clubs and a lot of Americans are likely to know at least one popular Nigerian artist - whether it’s Ayo Jay of “Your Number” (though many people still think he’s Caribbean) and/or Wizkid through the highly coveted Drake cosign. And then you have…Read more Facetime w/ Strangers: Yonkwi on his early days in Japan, production versus programming, and if we can still label artists

Alec Lomami on rapping in French, the politics of the media, and when to retire

The other day I went out for Ivorian food in Harlem with Alec and his cousins Shak and Basile.  It was Alec’s idea, we planned it a few days in advance, and I picked the restaurant. (In case you were wondering, there are two options in all of NYC). After huge portions of poisson braisé,…Read more Alec Lomami on rapping in French, the politics of the media, and when to retire

Hometown Heroes [Durham]: The Vault at the Palace International – Building community spaces celebrating contemporary African culture

I didn’t realize how much my social life depended on African communities until I moved back home to Raleigh, North Carolina. Going to school in the northeast and having easy access to major cities such as New York, Philly, and D.C made finding young Africans very easy. Almost too easy, whether it was Afropolitan parties…Read more Hometown Heroes [Durham]: The Vault at the Palace International – Building community spaces celebrating contemporary African culture

FaceTime w/ Strangers: Kiga on Ethiopian Jazz, always being an immigrant and creating an ambience with sound

  I’d never FaceTimed a stranger until I FaceTimed Landry, or Kiga, as you’ll find him in the music world. I have to say it was quite nerve-wracking beforehand—I spent way too much time trying to find a non-backlit spot in my house and fiddling with how I would prop up my phone while recording…Read more FaceTime w/ Strangers: Kiga on Ethiopian Jazz, always being an immigrant and creating an ambience with sound