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!
The brother greeted me with a smile and a “good morning” as I boarded the E4. He couldn’t have been more than 4 or 5 years older than me, he could’ve been younger. His demeanor lightened everyone’s mood, which was great, because in a few moments I realized I was going the wrong way. I was on an unwanted tour of greater North East DC. I pulled out my latest library book and felt thankful I had time to finish it, then I realized the 40 minutes I had left before I got back to the station would take more time than the 16 pages I had left to read. But being on the bus is always a blessing; it reminds me of how wonderful people can be.
Case in point: Its now 10:15, and a 13 or 14 year old African American boy gets on the bus. The driver greets him with the same good morning, but then looks at him sideways asking “Why are you late?” The look on this kid’s face was priceless. “You don’t know me!” That was his face, not his words. His words were some mumbled excuse that I couldn’t make out, and whatever the excuse was, it didn’t work for the bus driver. Mr. Driver’s response was muddled to me trying to tune in from 6 rows back, but it was in THAT tone. I couldn’t help but smile. … Continue Reading