Tupac Shakur on Life and Death. (Blank on Blank) PBS Digital Studios
Snowgoons - ‘Suckaz Behind Screens’ (ft Edo. G & Reks)
Herbie Hancock - ‘Sly’
Once upon a time, not so long ago, whilst skimming through ‘The Ol’ Man’s (from here on in referred to as T.O.M.) Crates’, the social scientist (and general authority on stuff) asked; “why don’t you own any LP’s by white people?” T.O.M., was a little bemused and annoyed by this question. T.O.M. loved all music, and indeed, owned all types of records. Being born and raised in the Caribbean had had a profound effect on T.O.M. His ancestry was genetically diverse, Carib, African, Malaysian Chinese, South American, English and who knows what else? He may well have owned more music by black/African/Caribbean/South American artists.
On reflection, T.O.M. felt the question burn to his core and decided to get rid of all the records he owned that had been recorded by white people. The End.
I’m not sure we’d all respond in the way T.O.M. had chosen. It’s a different time now.
Maybe it’s more about the soul and spirit of the creator, and less about the color of the music (music is full spectrum technicolor!).
Nevertheless, Cassette Lord was truly blessed, T.O.M. did have dope crates!
So, NUM’s gonna post a tune from T.O.M’s crates every now and then.
First tune out of ‘The Ol Man’s Crates’ will follow this post…watch out!
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - ‘Monday Morning In Lagos’
Photos of Zimbabwean Shona stone sculptors and their incredible works by Ernst Schade
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The 15th October marked the anniversary of one of Nigeria’s greatest musicians, the ever-iconic force that was (and still is) the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti. In celebration of the aptly-titled day known as a ‘Felabration’, merging it with this month’s theme of highlighting African art, artists and art inspired by Africa/Africans, here are a few of my favourite pieces of art inspired by Fela.
But of course, the greatest artist to ever create images influenced by the life of Fela was the equally legendary Lemi Ghariokwu.
Click on the images for details and sources.
Spoek Mathambo - ‘Zombie’ ft The Frown, Fever Trails, Petit Noir, Zaki Ibrahim, Ukhamba Soul