Born: 1941 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Sounds like: The most heartfelt, amazing love letter imaginable in a language you probably don’t understand.
For fans of: Aster Aweke, Mulatu Astatke, The Eith
[HEAVY HIP-HOP] Sandpeople’s Iame has
gone through some fascinating changes in the past two years. Physically,
he’s almost unrecognizable, having lost considerable weight after
You’re not rich, but on Kentucky Derby day, you can act like it.
Horse races, like sex, are about mostly
anticipation. And while the Kentucky Derby—like sex—only lasts two
minutes, the elaborate celebrations around racing’s biggest event last
all day. O
This is a second draft. I began this post with a long essay called Why Sandpeople Matters. It talked about race, DIY culture and Portland's reluctance to embrace locally grown hip-hop. I still think there's a piece to be written, but maybe it's bigger than me. I'm no ambassador to the local hip-hop scene. There's plenty I am unaware of and plenty of stuff I just plain don't like. So all I really w...
Last week I said on Twitter that this would be "Sandpeople Week." Now, admittedly, this has been the worst Sandpeople week ever. But lets get the ball rolling again.
During Illmaculate's opening set for Slaughterhouse last week, the Sandpeople MC talked at length about the importance of taking the Portland flag and "planting it all around the world." That's exactly what his supergroup, Sandpeop...
How an old Chevy, the Army and Art Blakey made Cedar Walton’s career.
Some people go to New York to be discovered. When jazz
pianist Cedar Walton drove his Chevy across the country to get there in
1955, it was for anonymity. “Everybody knew me in Dallas,” he rec
Esperanza Spalding is a popular woman. The
bassist/singer/composer will tour at least 10 countries this summer
after wrapping up the lengthy U.S. trip that brings her back to her
hometown of Por
The Soul'd Out festival has been a blast thus far. I've seen Maze (and, perhaps not coincidentally, the most black people I've ever seen in Portland); I've seen Slaughterhouse (and their insanely devoted crowd); I've seen AfroMassive jammed into the basement at Goodfoot and last night I saw a downright inspiring set of ska standards from the Skatalites. Damn! Am I forgetting anything?
[HIP-HOP] We’re used to Serge Severe being the Sharon
Jones of boom-bap (boom-Baptone?). On his last two records, the Portland
MC has branded himself as a throwback, flowing over jazz and
Kurt Thomas can’t compete with Blaze. The NBA’s oldest
player and his team’s mascot are representing the Trail Blazers at
Russell Academy’s rundown elementary school gymnasium in Northeast