Masauko Chipembere MoMA Closing Party

MoMA’s exhibition “Impressions from South Africa: 1965 to Now” is closing on Thursday, and the museum is sending the show out in style with party Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. From the museum:

MoMA Nights with Masauko Chipembere

The 2011 series takes an international focus, featuring adventurous musical performers from Africa, South America, China, Indonesia, and beyond. The musicians build on specific national and popular musical traditions—uniting them in inventive hybrid styles, bringing new instruments into standard ensembles, and enlivening the music with distinctive personal approaches.
Continue reading


London Riots By The Numbers Via FAB Magazine

FAB magazine produced a round-up of the London riots in figures as of August 10.

Continue reading

Jay-Z Partners With Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club Line

Jay-Z is expanding his fashion interests by teaming up with fellow hip-hop maven Pharrell. The Roc-a-mogul is partnering with Skateboard P’s Billionaire Boys Club line. GQ first reported the news that Jay is purchasing the company outright, which prompted Hov to spend his monthly tweet clarifying that he’s only collaborating with BBC. From Jay’s Twitter:

“Partnering with @4real4rell on BBC” follow him.. (Not “buying” as GQ erroneously reported.)

“Passing Strange” ‘s Stew Model Musings In Kenya

Photo: Stew Songs Blog

Stew, the songwriter/composer behind the Tony Award-winning play “Passing Strange,” is in Kenya creative advising the Sundance Institute Theater program, and The New York Times asked him to blog about his time there. Stew sounded off about everything from the live music to his friendly rivalry with Eric Wainaina.

Continue reading

Flaviana Matata At Art For Life Gala And Watermill Summer Benefit

Photo: Mimi Ritzen Crawford

Tanzanian model Flaviana Matata was spotted at the Art for Life Gala and Watermill Summer Benefit on Saturday. Mary J. Blige, Kara Walker, Jennifer Hudson, Lala Anthony and more stopped by the Russell Simmons-hosted bash.

Continue reading

Lauryn Hill’s L.A. Rising Blues

Photo: Kevin Winter for Getty Images

Even though she’s not doing the new music thing lately, I’ve gotta show love to Lauryn Hill for her freewheeling style. Her looks don’t seem to be informed by anything other than whatever she feels like wearing that day, and very few celebs can pull off such unapologetically unique style.

Continue reading

CHLLNGR feat Aku from Dragons of Zynth “The End”

All over this spacey, dubby track from Denmark’s CHLLNGR – who’s also teamed up with the likes of Motherland game-changers like Spoek Mathambo, BLK JKS, Mo Laudi – and Dragons of Zynth member Aku and its atmospheric, ethereal video. Fittingly, the end of the visual is probably the best part.