Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Malian photographer Malick Sidibé has been working as a photographer for over half a century. Who does that? Another accomplishment is his ability to see the joy through his lens. His Black & White studio portraits have become iconic that have told a story of young Mali across the globe. The ability to inspire the youth through art is a gift that Malick receives generously. His work can be seen currently at Images Festival in Vevey, Switzerland. If you can make the trip pick up Dolce Vita Africana documentary where Mr. Sidibé shows his studio and prior portrait subjects. -Safari-
One of the great things to witness is when two completely different generations are able to co-exist. We just got this video of the Jolly Boys rocking out their Mento vibe in London's Notting Hill. Also, have to mention that the elders were keeping their courting skills sharp. -Safari-
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
"Murder Weapon" by Tricky feat. Franky Riley, off the album Mixed Race (due out Sept. 27th). A reworking of Echo Minott's "same title" track from 1992, which reworks a version of Shaggy's "Oh Carolina" rhythm. A reworking of a reworking...seen. Big tune! -Dread Perry-
"This Is England" written and directed by Shane Meadows is a true story based on events that took place during the directors childhood. This film examines the skinhead/punk movement of the 80's and its transition into the racist movement most are familiar with today. Illustrating the complex issue of immigration and cultural diversity in England's working class communities. The economic depression and England's engagement in the Falklands War set the backdrop for this 80's flashback, a time when 3.5 million Brits were unemployed. A great soundtrack tops it all off. A must see - check your local video store. -Dread Perry-
Update: apparently Shane Meadows has finished a four-part series "This Is England '86" which catches up with Shaun years later. The series premiers tomorrow on British public-service television network Channel 4. Check out the trailer below.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
"Wile Out" by DJ Zinc feat. Ms Dynamite. Big Tune!!! I had Safari's Midsummer Nights Mix on blast today and couldn't get this track out of my head. Just thought I'd spread the symptom. The two UK vets are sure to mash up your set with this one. A definite crowd mover. -Dread Perry-
"Rat Race" by Bob Marley and the Wailers, off the 1976 release Rastaman Vibration. I remember my dad flipping this record from side A to B all day long as a child, this was one of my favorite tracks on that album. Even more relevant today...way too much worship is placed on money, "...in the abundance of water the fool is thirsty". seen.
interesting note via wikipedia:
Although the album's liner notes list multiple songwriters, including family friends and bandmembers, all songs were written by Marley. Marley was involved in a contractual dispute with his former publishing company, Cayman music.
Vincent Ford, a childhood friend from Jamaica, was given writing credit for "No Woman, No Cry" on the 1974 album Natty Dread, as well the songs "Crazy Baldheads" (with Marley's wife Rita), "Positive Vibration" and "Roots Rock Reggae" from the 1976 album Rastaman Vibration, along with "Inna De Red" and "Jah Bless" with Marley's son, Stephen.
Marley had not wanted his new songs to be associated with Cayman and it had been speculated, including in his obituary in The Independent, that he had put them in the names of his close friends and family members as a means of avoiding the contractual restrictions and as a way to provide lasting help to family and close friends.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
"Maximum Garden House" by Formwerkz Architects. It would appear that Singapore is at the forefront of the modern home movement, check previous posts Ong & Ong and Singapore Gold. With this home the objective was to maximize the limited garden space on a narrow plot of land and create an interior that would allow the owners to keep an eye on their two young kids. Solution...rooftop/wall gardens and an open concept interior that allowed for lots of light and visibility. The roof top terrace/deck is a brilliant addition, a beautiful use of space. -Dread Perry-
photographs by Jeremy San