neither of whom should be a stranger to readers of this bloggg
As described here last year, Boima embodies global flows, reppin Sierra Leone via Wisconsin and the Bay Area. His Diamonds for Sierra Leone mix offers up his idiosyncy take on the sounds of Salone, and he was holding it down for cumbia well ahead of the critical curve. Need I remind you that he’s also responsible for the imaginative inspiration of the Barack Star mixtape?
& y’all know Bo. The Rio-based American ex-pat’s been tearing up actual and virtual dance spaces for a minute now. I’ve been hooked ever since I caught Bo’s inaugural Blentcast, and he’s hardly slowed down since. His latest blips on the blogosphere: 1) the latest contribution to the Blogariddims series; and 2) a vivid video shot in Dakar, offering a glimpse of what we’ll hear (and see!) on his upcoming album, Archipelagoes, via Soot Records —
Globalistas? Sure. Each in their own way. Tho I gotta say, I’m rly feeling Bo’s “transnational bass” line at the moment.
Speaking of Soot, allow me to mention that we’re also having a special Thursday edition of Beat Research THIS THURSDAY featuring none other than the don dada original globalista DJ himself, /rupture. If you’re in town, come on out for some low-key low-end theory: vieja y nueva cumbia, digital dubness, and no doubt genres heretofore unheard and unjuxtaposed. Special gunpowder all around.
And continuing on our whirled tour, Ghislain Poirier‘s video for “Blazin” has finally hit the tubes, a fitting, fit-to-be-tied mash of dancehall stylee and ice hockey. Canuck if you buck!
“A bizarre wave of mob emo-bashings is sweeping across Mexico. The movement is being generated on message boards and social networking sites by non-emo youth who highly dislike like the emo look and attitude.”
Monday night at Beat Research was a lot of fun. Folks and friends came out in force, from veteran DJs to Tim’s family, & the vibes were real nice. Special thanks to Brian Coleman for rallying the people and bringing his deep crates of tunes he knew Tim loved. & Props to all the other DJs who threw down: David Day, Reverend Al, DJ Duo, Lenore, & Brynmore. Representing to the fullest —
I recorded the whole thing — close to 4 hours of songs people played b/c they remembered listening to them with Tim — a pretty special set of sets, to be sure. I didn’t bother to separate the tracks, however, or normalize the thing, so here it is in all its sprawling, messy, lovely glory: 3 hours and 52 minutes of techno, electro, hip-hop, dub, bmore, and much more —
I know the file is large, but I felt it was better to share it, as soon as I could, than wait to tweak it. It gets a little loud when Duo starts dropping bmore bombs about 2.5 hours in, but that’s kinda approp innit. Not sure how long I’ll be able to host the behemoth, so grab it now if’n you wanna.
Here’s the approximate breakdown accding to time of night; sorry, no tracklist —
David Day — 9:10pm – 10
Brian Coleman — 10 – 11:05
DJ Duo — 11:05 – 11:15
Reverend Al — 11:15 – 11:35
DJ Duo — 11:35 – 12:00
Lenore — 12:00 – 12:10
Brynmore — 12:10 – 12:20
Lenore — 12:20 – 12:28
Brian Coleman — 12:30 – 1:05am
Also! As mentioned in the previous post on Tim, DJ Duo and Carlos B devoted last week’s QE2 show to “the professor,” as they called him, and if you’re looking for (hours) more music inspired by and dedicated to Tim Haslett, get yourself over to the recently launched qe2 blogspot where they’ve got the whole dang 5-hour show uploaded for your listening pleasure.
Tomorrow I’m participating in a symposium convened by the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. I’m humbled and excited to be a part of the conversation. Check the lineup —
Thursday, March 27th
12noon – 2:00 pm
Smut/Slackness in Caribbean Music
University of the West Indies
University of Washington
Assistant Professor of Music
Class of 1955 Conference Room ( Room 241)
2nd Floor Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
3420 Walnut Street
Free and open to the public
Not only is it an honor and a thrill to be a part of such a panel, it’s a wonderfully sanctioned opportunity to do something I rarely feel comfortable doing in an academic setting: explore the seamier side of the Jamaican YouTubosphere and the wider world of sex/slackness/smut(?) inna JA and the diaspora.
If I can pull it together, I plan to touch on the structural slackness that enables someone like Mavado to claim, casually, as part of his gangsta bonafides that “gal yuh pussy tight” —
— but more to the point, I’d like to examine the recent appearance of the “titty wine.” Far duttier than the “dutty wine,” the dance calls for the gyal dem to rub their breasts dem in an alluring manner, which many, many women seem more than happy to do (and to broadcast to the world!). Apparently concocted in Jamaican Brooklyn, the “titty wine” is promoted as a dance that “gone global” and indeed it seems to be catching on across the dancehall diaspora (e.g., Trini represent). Adding a layer of curiosity, the movement seems to be spearheaded by a JA-BK mastermind (check the intro) and two aspiring dancehall queens from farin, a Canadian and an Estonian to be precise (!).
Despite that I find the term “smut” somewhat confusing/foreign/etic as applied to a Jamaican context, some of these clips definitely walk the line of u-know-it-when-u-see-it. Indeed, several clips could strongly benefit from the simple but powerful bootyclipse critique (especially the one weh take place inna the kitchen). E.g.,
It is encouraging, however, to see that the “titty wine” seems to have spurred some interesting and even civil debate around the question of respect/rawness in dancehall. Who knew that a YouTube comment thread could be so reasonable? Check this exchange —
At any rate, I’ve still got to shape up my remarks for tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to the ensuing discussion. I’ll let you know how it goes. For now, allow me to close with an apropos pic I snapped when in Kingston last summer —
The number of testimonials still rolling in — and rolling along — make it clear how many of us were touched by Tim. This past weekend, DJ Duo and Carlos B of the QE2 crew dedicated their longstanding, all-night Saturday/Sunday show to the man. (Hopefully they recorded it and can share it soon.) Here’s how they put it —
THE QE2 CREW WILL BE HONORING THE LIFE OF TIM HASLETT
BY PLAYING SOME OF HIS FAV. TUNES OF …….
DETROIT TECH. AND OLD SCHOOL HIP-HOP BALTIMORE BREAKS & DUB
JUST TO NAME A FEW STYLES .
WE CALLED HIM THE PROF. AND WILL HAVE DIALOG ON ARE HOW
HE INFLUENCED ,TAUGHT AND INTRODUCED US TO THE BEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD !!!!
WE WILL MISS YOU PROFESSOR
I myself have to confess that I really only had one really loooooong conversation with Tim one afternoon in Harvard Square, but it was enough to send me in multiple directions looking for new (and old) music, books, theories. And we corresponded a little bit over the tubes. So I’m honored to be able to offer yet another forum, tonight, for friends and family to remember Tim thru the music he loved. I’m getting the impression this is gonna be a night of celebration, with lots of local DJs lending their hands and ears and crates, so come out and add to the vibes —
567 Massachusetts Avenue
9pm to 1am, 21 plus, Free
Also, if you’re in the Boston area or in reach of an internet stream, don’t miss Brian Coleman’s radio tribute on WZBC this evening from 5-7 pm (EST). Brian and Tim used to run a show together in that time slot, dedicated to ol-school hip-hop and electro (“Funk to the Folks” / “Back to the Old School” / “School Beats”). Brian tells me he’s got a couple crates worth of records ready to go tonight. Check the stream here — http://www.wzbc.org/listen.html
Finally, for another side of Tim, check out this 1992 broadcast on ZBC’s “Hardwired” show in which he gets all ravey on ya — Side A
gary dauphin — “Usually, even jokey talk about whiteness has a whiff of danger to it, but SWPL is likely the safest, most affable racial satire ever, a loving high-five between friends passing as critique.”