Un tributo a Ishamel Reed

Un tributo a Ishamel Reed
Premio Alberto Dubito alla carriera
Istituito tre anni fa, il Premio Alberto Dubito di Poesia con Musica si propone di valorizzare e stimolare la produzione artistica giovanile nel campo della poesia ad alta voce e poesia con musica, privilegiando le esperienze innovative e capaci di dare un reale sviluppo all’espressione artistica in questi campi nei [...]

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Protest Music Playlist

Protest Music Playlist
The soundtrack of the Protest Music Live Set
Di seguito le canzoni, gli artisti e i video dei pezzi che costituiscono l'ossatura del Protest Music Live Set. Nel 2014-15, la musica rap impegnata ha vissuto una sorta di rinascita, dall'underground al mainstream. Questa nuova ondata di liriche di lotta sono state ispirate da un forte movimento politico di [...]

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Larry Levan & the Paradise Garage

Larry Levan & the Paradise Garage
the DJ who changed dance music forever
Larry Levan was the first superstar DJ. The first to really convince the world that there was more to DJing than just playing one record after another. For 10 years from 1977 to 1987, Levan was the star attraction at New York’s legendary Paradise Garage, writing himself into clubbing lore with [...]

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Take The Power Back

Black Artist-Owned Labels
At the height of their careers, Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, George Clinton and Prince all formed their own imprints. Michael Gonzales tells the story of how they did so – and what happened next. [...]

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The Story Of Hip-Hop’s Creation

The Story Of Hip-Hop’s Creation
Re-Examined By Some Of Its Pioneers
Last night (November 2), Crazy Legs, founder of the Rock Steady Crew, shared a video on his Facebook. At the pioneering B-Boy’s home, a gathering took place of Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, and the Universal Zulu Nation co-founder’s Amad Henderson. Writing that the discussions are “a work in progress,” Crazy Legs told [...]

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Salt N Pepa Discuss Female Empowerment

Salt N Pepa Discuss Female Empowerment
From Okayplayer
Hip-hop legends Salt N Pepa will get the overdue props they most definitely deserve Wednesday night when the American Society of Compers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) highlights their achievement during its seventh annual Women Behind the Music series in New York City. The trailblazing duo of Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra“Pepa” Denton will also be marking 30 years in the music [...]

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Panthers: The Vanguard of the Movement

Panthers: The Vanguard of the Movement
Movie Review
If you think the Black Lives Matter movement has been vehement, consider what the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense did in response to a similar litany of police brutality, institutionalized racism and social injustice. In May 1967, 26 members walked into the California State Assembly openly carrying weapons. It made [...]

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Newcleus’ “Jam On It”

Newcleus’ “Jam On It”
Cosmo D recounts the making of an electro classic
Ben "Cosmo D" grew up listening to all types of music, but it was nascent sound of hip hop in the parks that really grabbed his attention, inspiring him to become a DJ in 1976. While only a sophomore in high school, he started Jam On Productions with his two [...]

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The Rise of New York City’s Graffiti Culture

The Rise of New York City’s Graffiti Culture
BBC - 1976 Mini-Documentary
In the crime-ridden New York City of the 70s, graffiti artists transformed subway cars, buses, billboards, and telephone poles into wild canvases. Made in 1976 for the BBC and recently dug up by Gothamist, Watching My Name Go By is a 25-minute mini-documentary about the rise of this graffiti culture. [...]

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Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal”

Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal”
The Making of
There are few rap acts that stuck to their guns quite like Gang Starr. Comprised of DJ Premier the late, great Guru, the duo's sound came to define the purist hip-hop standard of the '90s. They crafted a style that was true to New York despite the fact that neither of them actually hailed from [...]

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