Archive for September, 2013

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

40 years ago, hip hop was born in a house party in the Bronx by a Jamaican with a monster sounds system.

20 years ago today, this very day, strange noises were emanating from a small basement bar in Wolverhampton. I can’t believe it was THAT long ago. From a small night in the West Midlands to a regular fixture in people’s calendar from all over.

Tim, the Original Gang of 4 kind of made history; we all did.

Started as an idea during the Acid Jazz thing in the 90’s, but providing an alternative, expanding vision to that trend.

20 Years Ago Today: Stump Juice (5-11-93 Pt 1) by Alph on Mixcloud

I struggled to find a way to mark this occasion. No recording exists of that night, unfortunately – it was fantastic.

I did find a recording, the earliest I could f ind, made 2 months after we opened.

I’d dedicate this to everyone, the crowd, guest DJs ,our regulars, everyone who worked there – you all made it unique & special.

Hopefully, over the months, I’ll find more stuff from, the archive…………..

Protecting you culture – and your ‘brand’

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Hi, I’m back from a well-earned break. There’s so much to to at the moment that blogging has gone on the back burner for quite a while.

Before I left I was working on this – based on a trawl thru the BBC which unearthed this surprising item about the Masi people looking to protect their culture from exploitation by applying principles of Intellectual Property.

There’s always,in my opinion, a case for people to have a little respect or at least properly acknowledge the role other cultures if they’ve been an inspiration.

There are many ways certain individuals or companies have made money off the images of other cultures for commercial gain, banking of the notion of being exotic somehow being ‘cool’ or fashionable. Unfortunately, these appropriations, taken out of their cultural context actually mean little & could be seen as demeaning or disrespectful.

The full article can be read here