“My only wish is to fight as a soldier in the battle of ideas. I shall continue to write under the heading of ‘Reflections by comrade Fidel.’ It will be just another weapon you can count on. Perhaps my voice will be heard. I shall be careful.”
eastern cuban conga jam — sabroso!
conga + merengue + reggaeton = calliente
“The conga is a type of comparsa that performs in the streets of Santiago de Cuba during certain traditional festivals, especially the Carnaval of Santiago de Cuba.”
inna france, dem have a brand new dance weh name…
“Le meilleur de la danse Tecktonik” — a bestof montage
poppin&lockin + voguing + nu-rave nostalgia + le french touch = tecktonik!
superman that hooooooooo!!!!!!!! dude takes dunking to another level :: ridiculous :: awesome :: dayum!
for walter benjamin “second nature” = culture becomes nature :: for mieke gerritzen “next nature” = nature becomes culture :: “nicely for children” !
entertaining blog providing surreal snapshots of culture becoming nature and vice versa
fascinating slideshow on the rise of the city in human society
GAVIN STEINGO – The politicization of kwaito: from the “party politic” to party politics. – Free Online Library (Black Music Research Journal)heady but informative article about kwaito
forthcoming documentary on reggae soundsystems in the UK (via uncarved)
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Did you wear that to your final on the Cuban Revolution or something? That’s *awesome*.
P.S. Thanks for the Tecktonik videos! My roommate was telling me about this but I had no idea what I was missing…
dude, that tecktonik shit’s crazy. i was in paris in december, and at this plaza right by the centre pompidou there were like, 20 kids just dancin this stuff WITH NO MUSIC playing at all. just visualize stumbling upon that!
Yes, exactly, Christina! I already had the beard going, so I just couldn’t resist. That cigar prop nearly did me in, though; I’m not a smoker of non-wacky tobacky and I became almost too woozy to complete the test. Also, for the record, I don’t think I was awarded any bonus points after all, but the laughs were worth it.
And, yeah, tecktonik is something else. Yet another example of, if I may, YouTube-driven youth (music) culture. Totally awesome stuff; I love the idea of people dancing without music even (hence the parens in the prior sentence) — that’s some cultural heat right there!
have you seen all the great maghrebi tecktonik?
also, as a youtubedancevideohead whats your youtube username? Itd be interesting to see your favorites and such
I can wait to come back to Paris in April and check that out. Seems to be quite something. I heard a 10 min long thing on french canadian national radio the other day and there are some kids doing it here in MTL. To be continued…
Wow, thanks for that Maghrebi link. It’s only marginally more surprising than a Montreal connection, I guess, but I’m awfully glad to have seen it. Makes me wonder what theories it would inspire David Brooks to spew.
You’ve got me dead pegged as a keen observer of You(th)Tube dance culture. It’s really quite amazing how vibrant / viral that world is right now. On the one hand, people — esp young people — have always been dancing their whatevers off. On the other, it seems quite possible that this new technology is spurring dance at the local, regional, and global scale like never before. And, as an amazing corollary for a music-centrist such as myself, I wonder whether music itself isn’t today being propelled by video — and dance video more specifically — more than any other media/form?
Although they’re not all dance videos, wrt my favorites at YouTube, you can always see the latest three (“Tube Think”) on the sidebar, and the latest ten via the tube tab at the top of the page. Moreover, check the dance tag here for posts about the phenom (for the most part). Or perhaps better, the video+dance or youtube+dance sets at my del.icio.us.
At some point I’d like to use YouTube better — upload videos, make playlists, etc. — though I was annoyed today to see a new form of superimposing adds on videos. I don’t want them to tamper too much with something that ain’t broke.
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