Once you hear it, it makes total sense: a blend of hip-hop, reggae and dub-step with elements of the traditional dance music of Native American powwows.
It’s “powwow step,” a powerful, catchy sound that has carried the aboriginal DJ crew A Tribe Called Red from Ottawa, Canada to sold-out venues worldwide.
“All we really did was match up dance music with dance music,” Ian Campeau, a member of the group, said modestly.
But there’s much more to the rise of A Tribe Called Red, which hasn’t shied away from political issues as Canada wrestles with its brutal treatment of indigenous peoples through history. The three-man crew is part of a new generation of artists who are helping to redefine how aboriginal culture is viewed by the wider Canadian public, and articulate the need for greater aboriginal self-determination.
Photo: Pat Bolduc
Flat Tire, the Topeka Community Cycle Project’s 4th annual bike party is happening on Friday, December 6th, at the Burger Stand in Topeka.
The “IV” bicycle artwork was drawn by Laura Engelhardt (based on a classic Bianchi), and the poster graphic design was completed by me! Seems like orange is a pretty good color.
Anyway, I hope you can attend the event, or at least send some friends. If we raise enough money, we may try to install an outdoor workstand (another Dero Fixit, probably) somewhere else in Topeka.
I wasn’t planning on having you as my roommate. I actually thought that if Bowdoin College knew I had you, they wouldn’t let me come to college so, I hadn’t mentioned it to anyone.
—In 1996, Wil Smith enrolled as a freshman at Maine’s Bowdoin College. At 27, he had recently finished serving in the Navy. But he set off for school with his 1-year-old daughter, Olivia, in tow. Now that she’s a teenager, Olivia sat down with her dad at StoryCorps to look back on their “college days” together. (via npr)
Got something in my eye…
The Vatican on Wednesday suspended indefinitely a German cleric dubbed the “bling bishop” for his luxury lifestyle, which counters the message of modesty that Pope Francis aims to impart on the Catholic Church.
"The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorize a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst," the Vatican said in a statement. "The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation."
"A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties," the Vatican added.
Photo: Fredrik Von Erichsen/AFP/Getty Images
…grammatical, but hard on the ears.
Scientists at Oxford University have found that whisky has a different taste depending on where it’s sipped.
The idea came from the experience of many travelers. Go someplace warm and sunny, and the food and drink are breathtaking, explains Charles Spence, lead author of the study. Bring some home, though, and it never tastes as good, he says.
Bfast of champs