Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Monday Mood Music: Ibeyi X Havana Cultural

Monday Mood Music: Ibeyi X Havana Cultural

Seriously, if you have not heard Ibeyi’s debut album you are missing out on something truly transcendent. The French-Cuban sister duo chop it up with the good folks at Havana Cultura and give you an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album. Ibeyi takes traditional Yoruban chanting and infuses it with hip-hop, electronic […]


Spread Love: The Ibeyi Mixtape

Spread Love: The Ibeyi Mixtape

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Much love goes to Ibeyi and their record label, XL Recordings, for a simply masterful campaign in advance of their forthcoming debut album, which drops February 17th. After releasing really creative visuals for songs Oya, River, and Ghosts they follow up with an expansive and well-executed mixtape that includes some of […]


1/17/15: El Callejón de Hamel @ The Shabazz Center

1/17/15: El Callejón de Hamel @ The Shabazz Center

Salvador González Escalona is one of Cuba’s top artists with global recognition. His primary interest in in African cultural heritage in Cuba and the Americas. In the crisis-ridden 1990s, without any official assistance and with no money, he created what is today the most celebrated work of public art in Havana, in the neighborhood of […]


Put You On: Ibeyi

Put You On: Ibeyi

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) This is that Black Magic music. That straight from the motherland via Cuba, next-generation negro spirituals. This is Neo-Diasporan Soul music. It is hauntingly beautiful and simply sublime.


The Weekend: The Soul of Uganda Uptown

The Weekend: The Soul of Uganda Uptown

Come bask in this beautiful African culture, mingle and drink, and have the opportunity to take home these rare pieces of work made by women from the Bujagali village in Uganda. You will have the opportunity to buy items at the event with 100% of the proceeds going to the S.O.U.L. Foundation to support education […]


Spread Love: Finding Fela In Theaters 8/1

Spread Love: Finding Fela In Theaters 8/1

Fela Kuti was the African continent’s answer to Bob Marley. Fela was an unflinching and vociferous critic of Nigeria’s ruling elites. In fact, he never hesitated to call out the unjust and corrupt rulers by name on many of his classic songs. The powers that be in responded in kind. In 1977, government forces attacked […]


Catch The Film Tey @ MIST Harlem

Catch The Film Tey @ MIST Harlem

TEY by French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis, stars poet, actor, songwriter performer, Saul Williams, who is making his comeback to cinema in this beautiful and poetic film. Since its premiere in Berlin last year Tey has traveled to over 50 festivals around the world and has won over two dozen prizes including the Emerging Masters award […]


Kickstarter Spotlight: Let the Spirit Move You – The Documentary by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

Kickstarter Spotlight: Let the Spirit Move You - The Documentary by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

About Let the Spirit Move You: The Documentary Let the Spirit Move You is a celebration of ancestral belief systems that are a proud and important part of our cultural legacy as African descendants. The documentary focuses on the African based spiritual traditions that continue in Puerto Rico grounded in ancestral worship – espiristmo. Because […]


Put You On: Negro – The Documentary Series

Put You On: Negro - The Documentary Series

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Okay folks, I am going to let everyone, Latinos and non-Latinos alike, in on a little secret. Latino is NOT a race. It is an identity made up of various races, cultures and many nationalities. A Latino can look like a pre-bleaching Sammy Sosa or Andy Garcia. Got that? Here is […]


Black in Latin America Tonight on PBS

Black in Latin America, a new four-part series on the influence of African descent on Latin America, is the 11th and latest production from renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., writer and presenter of the acclaimed PBS series African American Lives 1 (2006), Oprah’s Roots (2007), African American Lives 2 (2008), Looking for Lincoln […]

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