Mambo Africa or the tale of the White Savior

Please check out this short video from BuniTV, an online tv channel dedicated to the new Africa…It is a funny take on an old cliche: The white man coming to the rescue of the poor african…Directed by the amazing Marie Lora. The clip also feature some items from the Timbuctu State line…Thanks Marie!

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Mambo Africa

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Jazz Fest New Orleans…Timbuctu State was there…

Before Timbuctu State was Timbuctu State, it was called Congo Square, a park in New Orleans where the slaves were allowed to gather on Sundays to play music, dance, socialize and sell home grown food to buy their freedom…In a sense, it was a sort of pilgrinage; and the city didn’t come short: Between the amazing response to my art, the live music everywhere, the light of hope shinning through the omnipresent decay and the simple generosity of the people, this trip was quite a special one…I heard some alarming stories from this city but all I found was love….

An African Election | The Paley Center for Media

An African Election | The Paley Center for Media.

Please come join us this thursday April 21st at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills for a screening of the award winning documentary “An African Election”. I will be showing some of my art throughout the day and throwing down some beats along with Dj Nnamdi (KPFK) starting at 9:30pm.
Admission is free but reservation is required. Go to paleycenter.org.
Hope to see you!

Afro-American Work Songs in a Texas Prison

FolkStreams » Afro-American Work Songs in a Texas Prison.

Pete Seeger and Toshi Seeger, their son Daniel, and folklorist Bruce Jackson visited a Texas prison in Huntsville in March of 1966 and produced this rare document of of work songs by inmates of the Ellis Unit.

Worksongs helped African American prisoners survive the grueling work demanded of them. With mechanization and integration, worksongs like these died out shortly after this film was made.

Bruce Jackson’s book Wake Up Dead Man (University of Georgia Press) is a highly recommended study of work songs in Texas prisons.

The large plantations in the U.S. South were based on West African agricultural models and, with one major difference, the black slaves used worksongs in the plantations exactly as they had used them before they had been taken prisoner and sold to the white men. The difference was this: in Africa the songs were used to time body movements and to give poetic voice to things of interest because people wanted to do their work that way; in the plantations there was added a component of survival. If a man were singled out as working too slowly, he would often be brutally punished. The songs kept everyone together, so no one could be singled out as working more slowly than everyone else.

— From Bruce Jackson’s background notes on making this film.