#BLM, Music, Venue / 04/08/2020 A sign of the ages: Pieces of a Man

Gil Scott-Heron’s 1971 timeless debut album, Pieces of a Man, is a staple of powerful genius, a commentary that still proves as relevant almost fifty years on from its release. Scott-Heron’s statement of well-crafted intellect was built on a recipe of jazz, soul, funk and spoken-word that ultimately gave him the alias ‘The Godfather of...

#BLM, Music, Venue / 04/08/2020 Iconic voices in music

A voice in music is not always vocal. For centuries, musicians with intimate understandings of their instruments have used it to express emotion like you would a voice. As many jazz musicians have said, what they play, is their voice.  While John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, or Mary Lou Williams demonstrate technical ability and a distinguishable...

#BLM, Music, Venue / 04/08/2020 The Bigger Picture: Lil Baby’s protest song is an early contender for song of the year

Atlanta rapper Lil Baby is one of the most prominent artists in popular trap music, receiving a Grammy nomination in 2019 for the hit single ‘Drip Too Hard’ alongside his frequent collaborator Gunna. His album My Turn, released this year, is one of the highest selling of the year, but it’s a single, separate from...

#BLM, Music, Venue / 04/08/2020 Out of my comfort zone: Waak Waak Djungi

Ever since I became interested in politics, Indigenous culture has captivated me. This is a privilege, as I can marvel at the strength and beauty of Indigenous people without living with the persistent trauma that many Indigenous people experience. As I explored this in my spare time, I decided to take a module in Indigenous...

Music, Venue / 06/07/2020 Ennio Morricone: the iconic composer

Nobody has impacted the sound of film more than Ennio Morricone. The legendary composer, who has passed away at the age of 91, came to define the genre of “Spaghetti Westerns”, which made their mark in the 1960s. Films such as: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, A Fist Full of Dollars, and Once...

#BLM, Music, Venue / 30/06/2020 Reflecting on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar has won thirteen Grammy awards, a key to the city of Compton, and is the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. His exceptional lyrical ability and keen social commentary has helped cement himself as one of the best of all time. His album To Pimp A Butterfly...

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A sign of the ages: Pieces of a Man

Gil Scott-Heron’s 1971 timeless debut album, Pieces of a Man, is a staple of powerful genius, a commentary that still proves as relevant almost fifty years on from its release. Scott-Heron’s statement of well-crafted intellect was built on a recipe of jazz, soul, funk and spoken-word that ultimately gave him the alias ‘The Godfather of…

#BLM, Music, Venue

Iconic voices in music

A voice in music is not always vocal. For centuries, musicians with intimate understandings of their instruments have used it to express emotion like you would a voice. As many jazz musicians have said, what they play, is their voice.  While John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, or Mary Lou Williams demonstrate technical ability and a distinguishable…


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