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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The Surprising Habits Of Original Thinkers

shockwebpic_habitsoforiginalthinkersHow do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”

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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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How Music’s Digital Shift Rapidly Impacted The Industry

shockwebpic_howmusicsdigitalshift“Widespread copyright infringement is like a generational shift and ignorance of existing law, similar to massive experimentation with illegal drugs in the 1960s,” says Stephen Witt, author of How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century and the Patient Zero of Piracy. The book was named on the “Best of the Year” lists of The Washington Post, Forbes, Slate, The Atlantic, Financial Times and others.

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The Vinyl Booms Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down

shockwebpic_nytvinylrevivalAs The New York Times highlights in this recent feature, the vinyl boom shows no signs of slowing down. Watch the Independent Record Pressing company, a New Jersey based operation discuss the challenges manufacturing vinyl and of keeping their old equipment running in order to meet the increasing demand.

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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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► Saul Williams – Burundi

shockwebpic_saulwilliams_burundiBrand new Saul Williams featuring Emily Kokal of Warpaint from his album MartyrLoserKing coming this fall via the Fader label. Video directed by Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza.

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The End Of Privacy

shockwebpic_theendofprivacyWhen criminals, businesses, and governments monitor you, what does privacy mean anymore? Edward Snowden, Marc Goodman and Vint Cerf on privacy in a digital age. Watch this video, the first on a series on privacy from innovation engine XPRIZE.

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