Born Free: The Hip Hop Scene In South Africa

shockwebpic_bornfree_africanhiphopIn recent years a new generation of hip hop artists has emerged in South Africa, who are taking it back to the roots and celebrating the many cultures that surrounded them growing up in the townships. They are reshaping the sense of identity of South Africa’s youth and expressing what it means to be born free.

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NYC’s Other Music Closes Shop & Share Their Top 10 Essential Records

shockwebpic_othermusics10essentialAfter 20 years in New York City, NoHo record shop Other Music will be closing it’s doors on June 25th. As one of the best shops in the city, they gained a reputation for their great curation of product and supporting the NYC community.

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SHOCKLEE’s Sonic Realm – New Feature At Clash Magazine

shockwebpic_clashHSfeatureClash Magazine spent some time with SHOCKLEE – check out the new exclusive feature and mix at Clash. Words by Robin Murray and pics by Paul Hyde…

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Exploring LA’s Underground Music Scene

shockwebpic_LA_RAThis quality mini-docu from the Resident Advisor crew attempts the challenge of showing us in 30 minutes what the Los Angeles underground music scene is like. Not an easy task, but a good effort in capturing the city that’s worth viewing.

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Raving Iran – New Documentary Shows The Challenges Two Techno DJ’s In Tehran Face

shockwebpic_ravingiranRaving Iran is a new documentary making the festival rounds that shows the challenges that two DJ’s face in Iran when they try to follow their music aspirations.

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How We Made Public Enemy’s Fight The Power

shockwebpic_ftp_guardian_mar2016The song could have gone a lot softer, a lot neater, a lot tighter – but it would have lost the chaos. When something is organised and aligned, it represents passivity. But any resistance, any struggle to overcome, is going to be chaotic.

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Artist Creates Portraits From DNA Found on Gum, Cigarette Butts & Hair To Bring Awareness To Biological Surveillance

shockwebpic_streetdnaArtist Heather Dewey-Hagborg created 3D portraits of complete strangers by harvesting DNA found on the street, like that in the form of saliva residue on gum or cigarette butts, fingernail fragments and hair. She calls this series ‘Stranger Visions’ and it is meant to bring attention to DNA surveillance databases and genetic surveillance issues – a subject that will be increasingly on our minds in the very near future.

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► Laura Mvula – Overcome Feat. Nile Rodgers

shockwebpic_lauramvula_overcomeA stunning production featuring Nile Rogers from England’s Birmingham Conservatoire trained Laura Mvula with a video to match directed by Alex Southam.

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► Okzharp – Dear Ribane Feat. Manthe

shockwebpic_Okzharp_featMantheFresh new sounds from Durban’s Gqom scene via London’s Hyperdub. This is Okzharp featuring the multitalented artist Manthe Ribane. Look out for the forthcoming EP Dumella 113 coming at the end of the month.
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The Filmmakers Leading A New Wave Of Iraqi Cinema

shockwebpic_newwaveofiraqicinemaIn this short profile by the Creators Project we are shown the determination to create as we are taken inside war torn Baghdad where rising Iraqi filmmakers such as Mohamed Al-Daradji and Yahya Al Allaq are leading a new film movement that is getting recognition despite their challenges of limited resources and life threatening environments.

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