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!
My favorite place is Sankofa Video and Books Café. We are having a special event on Friday October 2nd from 8pm to 11pm called “Say It Loud!”. Here’s what you do: Go buy the special 2 for $15 tickets at http://sankofasayitloud.eventbrite.com (special price until September 21st). Come early, check out the drinks and the food (the salmon melt there is my favorite, and I drink brown liquor if you’re buying) then wipe your hands and check out the videos and books from throughout the African Diaspora, as well as the largest collection of Black Children’s Books on the East Coast. Then, we will have a community songwriting workshop based on the conversation we have on our facebook event page here https://www.facebook.com/events/932350146830240/ and write a song about it as a group! This is followed immediately by poetry by yours truly, and then my a live performance from my afro-funk-rock-gogo-hiphop band Immaletchufinish! Tell a friend, mark the date on your calendar, and buy your tickets today!
So, I’m here with my family and co-conspirators putting together this years Malcolm X Birthday Celebration, and we realized why this is such an important event for us. There should be more opportunities in our community to reflect on our shared legacy of struggle against oppression, celebrate our abilities and potential as a people, and recharge our emotional batteries for the long struggle we still have ahead of us. What better way to do that than a party celebrating the life of Malcolm X! As much as our iconic imagery of the man is his fiery speech and opposition to American imperialism, his true goal was to create a strong community. This community exists today, even if not in the size that we would like it. We should celebrate that. The thought of celebrating that has created a level of excitement from everyone involved that is palpable.
We really want to have a great time with with the entire community at Malcolm X’s Birthday Celebration at Sankofa Video & Books Cafe on May 19th. Would you mind helping us do that? There are hundreds of ways you could help, but we’ve narrowed it down to five.
1. Come Out and Party
Come nod your head, listen close, scream “Amen”, hug somebody, shake a hand, shake ya booty, eat some food, drink some drinks, smile at a bunch of people who respect what Malcolm X stood for, and meet someone new.
2. Volunteer at the Party
You can read a speech excerpt, help the setup team, grab some flyers to pass out at your school or job or neighborhood, or a hosts of other things. Contact me ASAP and we’ll welcome you to the team in what ever way you’d like.
3. Tell Your Friends
Just pass this message to people you know would appreciate this event. Even if you can’t make it yourself, pass it to that buddy who likes positive, family friendly entertainment and a good time. Take a moment now. It would just take hitting the “share” or “forward” button. Your friend will thank you later.
4. Buy Tickets to the After Party
If you haven’t seen Head Roc, Radio Rahim, or me do my thang with Immaletchufinish up close and personally, you should just put down a twenty do that. If that’s not enough incentive, the proceeds from the after party are going to fund the free show that happens earlier in the day. All are welcome to come to this event, but if you can help support the event by buying a ticket you are an extra big help to the cause! http://malcolmxcelebration.eventbrite.com/#
For all of our friends and family who are out of town or working during that time, or maybe just want to put a dollar in the bucket, here is your chance to do so! We cannot make events like this happen with out you. Thanks http://malcolmxcelebration.eventbrite.com/#
As always, thank you for supporting the art that supports you. I will see you soon!
Join us for this Birthday Party with live music and food at the historic Sankofa Video and Books Cafe on Georgia Avenue. Celebrate the birthday of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz aka Malcolm X. There will be a free event outdoors (Arts Under the Stars, and Crescent Moon Nights style) featuring performances and presentations from Bomani Armah, Radio Rahim, Words Beats & Life and MOMIES TLC (many more to be named soon!). There will be games and educational experiences for all ages, as well as free cake, and drinks because it’s a BIRTHDAY PARTY! This event is from 4:00-8:00pm.
From 8:00 to 10:00pm there will be a performance inside by Bomani Armah with Immaletchufinish (with more artists to be named later). Part of the funds raised from this party is going to pay for all the free stuff we did all day. This event is $20. Buy your tickets on eventbrite now!