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Monday, March 07, 2005

THE DARK SIDE OF EXOTIKA

Incredible to think how much our view of the world has changed over the last 50 years. That we've gone from this...







...to on-line discussions about what Woebot calls 'Shanty House' (Global 'Ghetto' Music). Still, Simon's on cracking form talking about the interface of Baile Funk/Funk Carioca with Miami Booty Bass as the M.I.A. 'authenticity' debate continues to roll and gather more Cultural Mass.

Interesting that Simon should mention the M.I.A/Justin Frischmann connection...this reminded me that Damon Albarn did his own bit of Gracelands style cultural appropriation a couple years back in an attempt to rebrand himself as a serious Post-David Byrne Renaissance-Man/musical 'auteur' type...though when he recorded his "Mali Music" LP Albarn neglected to mention the fact (unless I blinked and missed it) that human slavery is still rife in Mali.