In this episode Kwasi brings back Dutty Bookman to discuss the movement he has helped dub as the Reggae Revival after a panel at SXSW 2027. He also speaks to Koro Fyah of the Bevel Rock camp about his ABC’s at SXSW as well. Bomani interviews the founder of the Uganda’s Bavubuka Foundation, Babaluku, and their chief archivist Gilbert Daniels about Hip-Hop in Uganda and the Lugaflow movement. Bomani and Kwasi also discuss spirituality in independent music, and how the community discusses things like sin. A must listen!
Sometimes artists just get lucky and tap into something artistically that is right on time socially and politically. This upcoming weekend is the last showings of Slam Theatre 2.0 – The Miseducation, a collection of sketch comedy and poetry based on the titles of songs from Lauryn Hill’s classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Produced by the New Galaxy Theater, written and directed by Malcolm Pelles and appearing at the Atlas Theater as part of the Intersections Festival, I am honored to contribute to poems to his project. When Malcolm gave me the task of writing something entitled “Forgive Them Father”, my mind raced trying to find the best way to bring that title to life. The first, and best idea, that came to me was to speak in the voice of the independent and unapologetic women that surround me. My sisters, business partners and poets who are constantly battling the outdated stereotypes about women. The women who are now under attack by Rick Santorum and the Republican Cult of Fertility. At the time I did not know that by March we would be openly debating the validity of birth control, but somehow we have found our way down the rabbit whole to 1959. Please click the flyer below to get info on how to go see the play in it’s last weekend, where you can watch the extremely talented Katie Culligan recite the poem “Forgive Them Father”. Click “more” to read the poem and please forward it to people who are tired of women being spoken for by men.