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Talking Music: A Conversation with Blitz the Ambassador and Yaba Blay

with Blitz the Ambassador & Dr. Yaba Blay
February 11th, 2016
12:00 PM

  Archived

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m

Light lunch served.

Ghanaian-born, Brooklyn-based rapper Blitz the Ambassador spoke with Dr. Yaba Blay, Visiting Professor at North Carolina Central University, about his career and hip-hop culture today. The two covered Afropolitanism, urban hip-hop, and Blitz’s unique trajectory born in Ghana, raised in Brooklyn. The conversation preceded Blitz the Ambassador's concert at 8:00 p.m. at Motorco Music Hall, organized by Duke Performances.
 
Blitz just completed his film project 'diasporadical trilogy' and is excited to discuss the themes in the films. Here are links to the three videos shot in Accra, Brooklyn, and Bahia exploring magical realism in the African diaspora:

Blitz’s ‘Native Sun’ film

Native Sun • A short film by Blitz the Ambassador & Terence Nance from Friends of MVMT on Vimeo.

 
A part of Talking Music: Conversations with Scholars, Writers, Archivists, and Artists, co-sponsored by Duke Performances and the Forum for Scholars and Publics. This installment in the series is also co-sponsored by the Duke Africa Initiative. Made possible, in part, with a grant from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

Blitz the Ambassador

Ghanaian-American rapper *Blitz the Ambassador* [1] makes no bones about his mission. He blends elements of Ghanaian highlife with the fiercest and most socially engaged ’90s hip-hop, drawing inspiration from the super-charged rhythms of Fela Kuti and the thunderous delivery of his hero Chuck D. The ...
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Yaba Blay

Drexel University
*Dr. Yaba Blay [1]* is a professor, producer, and publisher. As a researcher and ethnographer, she uses personal and social narratives to disrupt fundamental assumptions about cultures and identities. As a cultural worker and producer, she uses images to inform consciousness, incite dialogue, and inspire others ...
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