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13 Feb

Hassan Hajjaj’s “My Rock Stars Experimental” @ The Newark Museum 2/25 – 9/2015

Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars presents a video installation by Moroccan-born, UK-based artist Hassan Hajjaj, along with a related series of photographs, in a salon installation designed expressly for the exhibition. The video, My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume I (2012), recently acquired by the Newark Museum, pays tribute to individuals who—though they may not all be famous—have inspired the artist personally.  The video features nine separately filmed performances by an international group of musicians and singers whose influences include hip-hop, jazz, as well...
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12 Feb

London’s Pirate Radio Pioneers

by amfmLondon amfm.org.uk Tracing the history of London's original dance music stations through clips, music and contemporary news reports and interviews. The beginning It seems crazy now, but in 1980 there were just three stations playing popular music in London: Capital Radio, Radio One and BBC Radio London. Even worse, the music licensing agencies restricted them to playing records for 12 hours a day or less. On Sunday evenings Radio One closed down at 7pm and Capital Radio had classical music followed by...
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5 Feb

“Crumbs”: An Ethiopian Post-Apocalyptic, Surreal, Sci-Fi Film

by Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act An unexpectedly peculiar film, and I love what I see here, if only for that reason. But there's more than enough in it to make me want to see the entire film. It's not exactly a regular occurrence that I come across post-apocalyptic, sci-fi romance films, starring Ethiopians. Miguel Llansó’s "Crumbs," a Spanish-Ethiopian co-production which made its world premiere on Tuesday (Jan 27) at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), will have its market premiere at...
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5 Feb

Maasai Cricket Warriors: A Kenyan Tribal Cricket Team Saving Their People

...and absolutely beautiful by HINT Fashion Magazine Semi-nomadic and cattle-dependent, the Maasai face catastrophic peril on nearly every front. They've experienced the ravages of HIV/AIDS, and the loss of land and livestock to outside threats. Meanwhile, they continue to suffer the entrenched practices of female genital mutilation and child marriage. The villagers' safety, livelihood, and very existence hang in the balance. So while the cricket players are out to win, they're also on a mission to bring education and equality to the tribe, and...
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