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] Saturday May 28th – Reconstrvct XXV

shockwebpic_reconstrvct_5_2016The storm is coming this Saturday in Brooklyn. Reconstrvct is back this Memorial Day weekend for their 25th installment. Don’t sleep and get your pre-sale tix now while they are still available.

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These Smart Earbuds Will Translate Different Languages For You

shockwebpic_theseheadphonestranslateA startup called Waverly Labs is developing Pilot, a set of smart earbuds that translate between users speaking different languages. This translator wearable works in conjunction with a custom app that utilizes speech recognition and machine translation to help you communicate. These are a potential travel winner.

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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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► 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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► 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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