nice conversation about african music, "world music," and new circulations thereof, featuring andy moor, other members of the ex, and /rupture (h/t wordthecat) :: my favorite sentence — "It's not fusion, it's collaboration."
bill ayers reflects on the "long, strange" campaign of 2008 :: 'The police lieutenant who came to copy down those threats deadpanned that he hoped the guy who was going to shoot me got there before the guy who was going to water-board me, since it would be most foul to be tortured and then shot. (We have been pals ever since he was first assigned to investigate threats made against me in 1987, after I was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.)'
'Take the young South African photographer Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko's street shots of Johannesburg hipsters dressed in electric, Kool-Aid colors. Their incorrigible chic and appropriations of Western icons—a clutch purse made of pressed Coca-Cola cans, camouflage knickers, red fishnet stockings—proclaim them heirs to Ke dandified Bamakois bourgeoisie. If independence has a style, this is it—vivid, highly individualized, and a touch defiant. These images are antidotes to the prevailing view of the "dark continent" as a place of entropy and despair; these are people in charge of at least their own sartorial destiny.' :: kool-aid = the new day-glo? :: but how to reconcile a notion of "their own sartorial destiny" with their clear participation in an emergent (post?)hip-hop global flaneury?
"Nontsikelelo 'Lolo' Veleko first came under the South African spotlight when she was nominated for the MTN New Contemporaries award in 2003. But it was during the 2006 group exhibition of contemporary African photography, 'Snap Judgments', at the ICP, New York, curated by Okwui Enwezor, that Veleko came to international attention. Her signature Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder series of bold, funky street fashion portraits captured the New York public's imagination – affording them a glimpse of youth culture and fashion in South Africa, and providing a contemporary face to extend to Africa as a whole."
"The Smarteez are the Epiphany of Johannesburg Street fashion, with their home made clothes and their expansive sun-glass collections, these kids are a fashionista force to be reckoned with. … Most of the clothes are either made themselves or are vintage and have been adjusted for a more modern look." :: 80s LA day-glo = the new black?
stu buchanan is back on the blog :: still (fat)planetary in focus, but less, um, "worldy"?
blog collecting ableton live tutorials in video & text form
microloan clearing house (h/t timeblind) :: for those of us resolving to give as much to charity next year as to obama this year (thx, crazymonk), this might be a good place to give
palmsout reports on a disturbing trend for mp3 blogs hosted at blogspot (ie., blogger, ie, google): certain (supposedly infringing) posts are being removed without prior notice :: ripley makes a good point in the comments about the dubious legality at work here :: the RIAA — and google — are not doing themselves any favors with this sort of thing :: does google want to be a dinosaur too?
3 thoughts on “Flaneur Pajamas”
Thanks for the Smarteez link – I’ve been trying to find out more about them (and more pictures) since coming across the phenomenon about a month ago.
Love your blog, stmmbled across it while looking for info on the smarteez.
Just my luck tho the smarteez link you’ve provided doesnt seem to want to work for me, is there anyway you can lead me to this article another way.
Keep up the awesome work, ill deff keep an eye out on this blog in the future.
hi anna — i wish i knew more about the smarteez myself. i confess that i haven’t been able to locate too much online. sorry to hear that the link is no longer working.
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