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*On June 17th, I will be premiering music artist Daví’s music video for his single “Clear.” The song is a collaboration between the visionary artist himself, Radio Adidas DJ/Beatmaker, FAKEPAKT (Turkey) and Turkish-born/Brooklyn based trap music producer, Atilla.
*Colored Girls Hustle, featuring Taja Lindley and Jessica Valoris, will be hosting listening parties in Brooklyn (18th), Detroit (22nd) and Washington DC (25th) for the release of their mixtape on June 19th. Below is the description of the mixtape:
“ABOUT THE MIXTAPE
After much anticipation the Colored Girls Hustle Hard Mixtape will be released on Thursday June 19th, 2014. This day is also Juneteenth – the anniversary of the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation and a commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In the spirit of celebrating freedom and liberation, the Mixtape will be released and available for free download. The Mixtape features songs and interludes about courage, overcoming fears, personal power, pleasure, student loan debt, surveillance, motherhood, and more. Visit www.ColoredGirlsHustle.com for more info.”
To find out more information, click here. Below is their first single, “Afro Aliens.”
*The latest trailer for the DreamWorks film, Home, with Rihanna voicing the main character, Tip. It seems like Rihanna has put on an American accent for the film, and her character’s mother is white.
*Here is the trailer for filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba and Spoek Mathambo-presented documentary Future Sound of Mzani. On the Youtube page is this description:
“20 years into it’s democracy, Future Sounds of Mzansi, is a documentary which aims to explore, express, and interrogating South Africa’s cultural landscape. A chief vehicle of this exploration is electronic music, a staple of South African popular culture.
It features an exciting range of emerging electronic music artists from various SA cities including Aero Manyelo; Black Coffee; Christian Tiger School; Felix Laband; John Wizards; Krushed & Sorted; Machepies; Markus Wormstorm; Mix & Blend; DJ Mujava; Naked Boys; Nozinja; Okmalumkoolkat; Panyaza; Rude Boys; Sibot; Spoek Mathambo; DJ Spoko; Zaki Ibrahim and many more.
“We traveled around South Africa to explore our rich electronic music scene. For years there’s been a strong movement of producers, instrumentalists, vocalists and most importantly, party goers, giving themselves to new ideas of African electronic music.
We have seen a couple of generations unafraid to be proudly South African,proudly party rocking, proudly futuristic, international stake raisers, and hell raisers. The future looks awesome, blindingly beautiful and bursting at the seams with youth energy and talent.
Still a country steeped in poverty, crime, and injustice, we party like our lives depend on it. From the sounds of deep house to glitch hop,
kwaito-house, township tech, sghubu sapitori; durban qhum, daintly melodic electronica to dubstep; super fast khawuleza and shangaan electro. The groove is thick and infectious. And we give ourselves to it.
Our mission was simple, to meet up with some of our heroes, colleagues, competition, and co-conspirators…an ever potent gang of electronic music pioneers sculpting The Future Sound of Mzansi. “
*Trailer for Noel Clarke’s (Doctor Who) film, Anomaly.
1. Character (is the character primary)
2. Agency (does the character have the ability to make their own choices)
3. Survival (does the character live until the end of the film)
4. Boglesque (does the character appear as a stereotype)
5. Relevance (does character have historical, political or social relevance)”
*Huffpost’s “‘Reading Rainbow’ Host LeVar Burton Reveals The Author He Most Regrets Not Having Met:” Here is a guess – she wrote Kindred.
*Shadow and Act’s “Comprehensive Feature Doc on Grace Jones Selected to Receive Backing from the BFI Film Fund:” “The BFI Film Fund today announced its support for (investing in, and endorsing) 3 feature documentaries following pitching sessions held at, and in partnership with the UK’s leading documentary festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest.
The shortlisted teams were asked to give a 7-minute pitch and show clips of footage, and then fielded questions from the panel about the strength of the stories, characters and cinematic potential of the projects.
The projects, which were shortlisted by a team of senior executives from the BFI and Sheffield Doc/Fest, include:
1 – They are certainly all intriguing projects, but of most interest to this blog (given its stated mission) is Sophie Fiennes’s “Grace Jones – The Musical of My Life,” co-produced with James Wilson and Katie Holly. The film will create a cinematic journey into the private and public worlds of Grace Jones, mixing intimate personal footage with unique staged musical sequences.”
*Yesterday, I featured the short, Noka: Keeper of Worlds, about a young boy with schizophrenia who actually is a gatekeeper for a supernatural world. Here is an article about a Dagara shaman, Malidoma Patrice Somé, who talks about mental illness from a spiritual viewpoint, as in people with mental illness have potential to be healers and are dealing with multiple spiritual forces at once.