Have really enjoyed your writings here recently, Kyle. The last few columns you've done have been very poignant and thought-provoking. Keep up the great work.
Relevant: "I am not the Tsarnaevs" http://www.salon.com/2013/04/22/i_am_not_t…
I don't think anything needs to be done. This country is geared towards Latin expansion. It's gonna happen regardless. Two weeks in a row of good writings from you, Kyle. I enjoyed them both.
AfroZep fuses the music of artists such as Fela and Femi Kuti into original arrangements of Led Zeppelin song. They will be making their Indy debut on April 19 at the Mousetrap: https://www.facebook.com/events/2309214437…
To listen to AfroZep, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLynJTcNPcg
thanks for your nice post.....
afro beat music & i am a huge fan of femi kuti...
I don't understand your response... you are basically repeating many of the points I made but discounting my article because I'm white.
Contrary to your assumptions, every artist and entrepreneur I've ever spoken with on the Westside has been absolutely eager to share their work with the largest audience possible. I think every Latino, African or Asian artist I've ever interviewed would love to be on the 'national' map.
More importantly - I think many immigrant families would like a pathway to citizenship or at least some type of permit allowing them to live and work here without fear of arrest or sudden deportation... in order for that to happen that has to be a major shift in the current public opinion of immigrant culture... If U.S. citizens are only hearing negative reports of immigrant culture, attitudes will never change and progressive immigration reform has no chance. In my opinion exposure to music, food and other cultural expression is a great way to break down the walls of prejudice dividing us. That's the motivation behind this series of columns - to use music us a tool for education and social justice and to document artists who do the same.
You say the Mexican community is "flying nicely under mainstream radar" - tell that to undocumented students who dream of going to college, but can't afford the mandatory out of state tuition fees applied to immigrants. Tell that to an intelligent, highly educated parent who risks their life traveling here to provide a better future for their children, but will never obtain a good job with a living wage and are instead confined to menial hard labor. Tell that to honest, hardworking people who simply want a driving permit to go back & forth to work without the constant fear & anxiety of being pulled over by the cops... these are the stories of many of my friends & I promise you they are not happy being forced to live "under mainstream radar."
A word to developers and Kyle: leave the Mexicans alone. Seems they are doing fine without you. 1,000 people at a big dance fest - no squad cars or shootings. At this point in time the Mexican community is a strong, enterprising community flying nicely under mainstream radar. Woe the day when whites
'discover' the area. They are not asking to be 'developed'.
Maybe they don't want to be on a 'national' map, but enjoy their neighborhoods, family, friends and bodegas without
'the man' poking his big finger everywhere with high rise expensive apartments, chic boutiques, trendy bars...leave them and their culture alone. If you want to go to Chispas - go - then go home to historic Lockerbie. But am sorry I missed that event, it sounded really cool. Maybe that's how they wanted it. Don't try and fix something that ain't broke. Go develop the near Eastside. Review the event don't post your ideological constructs.
Nice music list! oh Mali a kadi ye
Mr. Ridley sent me email quoting your well-done article about Mel Rhyne. How often, after broadcasting sports on WLI-TV, did I hasten to the 19th Hole to sit in with Mel (1967-69), and a swinging, cooking host of musicians who were well ahead of my attempts on the tenor, but nonetheless allowed me to join them. Mel always gave me a partially humorous smile, that told me he was glad to see me, but not to hear me. He never complained but I knew enough to limit my time onstage. Mel could swing, unlike most of the B3-ers who tried to master a most daunting instrument. A masterful, marvelous gentleman, he.
Hey David, that's great - when does your show air? I would love to check it out...
I've written about Uncle Funkenstein & the great Russel Webster in past articles...
IMO, there certainly is funding available for projects honoring the artistic legacy of Indiana Avenue - but it has never become a priority for those who control the $$$.
Hey Gary, I did not forget Hubbard or Johnson & I've written about them both in prior articles.
It's amazing you saw Wes & Mel at the Missile Room - what a fantastic memory that must be!
Excellent piece, Kyle. I devoted all of the Thursday, March 7 broadcast of "Just You and Me" (afternoon jazz program on Bloomington's WFIU) to Rhyne's recordings both as a leader and as a sideman and tapped several of the sessions that you mention above. (Great to see any mention of UNCLE FUNKENSTEIN as well.) Funding would be a challenge, I'm sure, but what I'd love to ultimately see would be some sort of living museum on Indiana Avenue itself--a place where visitors could experience the music in a variety of contexts.
Damn! I hadn't even heard of Melvin's passing. I was fortunate to have spent many a late night/early morning at the Missile Room, digging Wes, Melvin, Paul Parker, and whoever happened to sit in.
But, man, how could you forget to mention J.J. Johnson and Freddie Hubbard?
A little preview of next weekend: Corbin Davis from Blank Code with a guest mix on SUBterror Radio: https://www.facebook.com/events/1571864477…
We need Guns. With this terror thing, we need Guns. What if we are attacted with-in, then what ? The problem we face is not the Gun, it's the user.
Black Panther Party cofounder on MLK
Posted by Kyle Long on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 1:59 AM
NUVO: There's a huge national debate going on concerning the second amendment. The Panther's armed police patrols were such a crucial part of the group's agenda early on. What are your thoughts on gun control?
thank u for sharing... he is my fav from many years../ love / peace/ music /
I am using this column as a reference to the music I buy online. I would never been exposed to this music or culture if it was not for this column.
Very nice interview!
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