#21 Afrikan Boy goes Y.A.M.

#21: Afrikan Boy goes Y.A.M.

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The interview with Afrikan Boy was one of the funniest I ever had! We talked about his start as a rapper, why he called himself Afrikan Boy and why it’s spelled with a “K”. 

The whole point of my career is to bring African influence into what I do, knowing that I’m abroad. Afrikan Boy

I’m not just Afrikan Boy for me, I’m Afrikan Boy for all these other people who have stories to be told. Afrikan Boy

#20: The Miseducation of Ana Swartz

#20: The Miseducation of Ana Swartz

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Ok, so here it is: this is the music I’ve made about ten years ago. I’ve promised to publish my music to Anna-Liisa Donnatella on Episode 16. It took a lot of courage to actually follow through with it but now that I did, I’m very proud of myself! 

The Miseducation of Ana Swartz

I chose this title, because The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill had played a major role in my life and in my love for music. All I know about music and how it makes me feel, I got it from Lauryn (and Erykah, of course). This album was on heavy rotation for about 3 years and it had a major impact on me. Lauryn had poured her heart out in her debut, just like I poured mine into these songs.

The first song “Little Prayer” may not be my best song, but it means a lot to me. I wrote it when I had my whole world fall apart from kidney failure. I lost my health and with it myself, my job, my money and any hope. I didn’t understand what was happening to me at that time and that’s why I wrote this little prayer. I still sing it to this day whenever I need some courage and a reminder that sometimes I don’t need to understand what’s going on. Life will eventually let me know anyway.

Listening to it now let’s me know that my prayers have been answered. I know now that I had to go through these things. Not only to find healing for me and my kidneys, but also to find myself.

In that way, The Miseducation of Ana Swartz represents that long journey back to myself and I welcome you to be a part of it.

Listen with your heart

While listening, please remember that this music was basically meant for myself as therapy. I’m no producer. I did all the beats with my little Music Maker and a cheap mic in a little chamber of my home.

So listen with your heart first 🙂

Love, 

Ana

 

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#19: Small Literature

#19: Small Literature

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Lafayette Lewis goes by the producer name Small Literature. I first got in touch with him through IG and he made a The Healer Hip Hop remix for me which I was supposed to play in this epsiode. But I ended up choosing a song from his latest album instead.

That album – Kind of you – is dedicated to his sister who passed away last year around the same time I received my gift to second chance at life. That’s why I feel a special connection to him and his music about her. I dedicate this episode to his sister.

From Hip Hop to Rock and back

Small Literature is from St. Petersburg, Florida, so he grew up predominantly around Southern Hip Hop Rappers such as  Mystikal, Master P, T.I. etc.

Starting High School, he also came in touch with Rock Music, e.g. Fall Out Boy, Creed, but also classics like Led Zeppelin and the Pixies. From there he transitioned to discovering all types of music across all genres and eras.

The name Small Literature was originally meant for a band, but it ended up becoming his producer name. 

Your music should reflect your personality

Producing came natural to him, because he had always been passionate about listening to every detail of music. Some of his favorite producers are Madlib, J Dilla, The Alchemist and Oddisee.

He puts out a lot of music (just look at his IG) because he has found a formula that makes him able to produce a beat quickly. Also, he found that in the 60’s bands used to put out 5 to 6 albums a year. To Lafayette  it’s not just about creating the perfect album, but also documenting the journey of the creative process to that perfect album. 

Favorite Music

Lastly, Lafayette is my go to person for musical inspiration – new and old! On each of my playlists there is at least one song or artist that I got to know through him. His favorite artists at the moment are Black Milk, The Alchemist and Tokimonsta:

There is a right way to use music. It’s all about what’s in you. What you are willing to give on a positive end. People can feel that. In the South they have Soul Food. You can tell when it’s made with the heart and soul. The good in Hip Hop is always made with a heart and soul.

Small Literature

on how Hip Hop can be a Healer

In the future, he plans to have artists sing to his beats, so feel free to contact him through his Bandcamp or IG!

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist Jamuary 2019

Welcome to 2019

This is it, this is a new day, a new chance at life and a new year full of music!

If 2018 has taught me anything than it’s that Maya Angelou is right: 

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.  

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

Maya Angelou

Poet, Singer, Memoirist, and Civil Rights Activist

After struggling with my health for the best part of 8 years, my father has donated me his kidney in August 2018. As much as I’m grateful for this gift, I’ve always tried to be grateful for every day I had been given, no matter how hard it was. I made it my mission to show my gratitude by filling every day with as much joy as I can.

The one thing that brings me a lot of joy is choosing the songs for The Healer Hip Hop Playlists. I’ve had many years of not keeping up with music. Where I felt His Hop or Soul  Music is dead only because I didn’t take the time for myself to look for it.

So, here it is: my gift to you and me:

The Jamuary Playlist 2019

Jamuary is a month of growth for musicians of all kinds. These don’t only include those people who already make music, but also those who have an inner musician that is just waiting to come out! I’ve made the commitment in my interview with Anna-Liisa to finally publish my music I made about ten years ago.

Art heals

I want to encourage you to also take Jamuary as a month of growth, and take one little step to explore your inner musician or artist! Art heals and so does music. But actually creating music or art heals you even more, so let’s commit to that! I would love for you to share your songs and art with me!

Seek balance and energy

As usual, I want to point out two songs from playlist. One is the new single of Zambian-born, Botswana-raised and currently Melbourne-based female rapper SAMPA THE GREAT. It’s a very powerful ode to feminine energy in balance with the masculine, which I also talked about with Anna Liisa.

“This year taught me a lot about the balancing of self. We need to constantly replenish both the masculine and feminine aspects of our energy. This song and visual symbolises finding this balance, thanking those who have supported this journey so far and bridging the gap between BBEE9 and the new music to come in 2019.

Sampa the Great

Producer | Rapper | Artist

The other song I’d like to point out is “Die Uhr läuft” (The clock is ticking) by German Soul-Singer Adi Amati

Like energy, it’s an empowering song that encourages you to the energy that you’ve been gifted and to make use of it while you can.  

Amen to that! New Year’s Resolutions aside (which I’m not a fan of anyway, may we all make good use of our energy in this New Year we’ve been given and let’s see what will come out of it. Until next month,

xxx, Ana

 

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#18: Neville Sigauke

#18: Neville Sigauke

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Neville Sigauke is a Rapper and Artist who was born and raised in different parts of Zimbabwe and now lives in South Africa. Growing up in different cultures of Zimbabwe, he decided to overcome the ongoing tribalism by mixing Shona and Ndebele and sounds and fuse it into what he calls Mbira Dze Hip Hop – it stands for something unique that was born in Zimbabwe and for identity.

The Mbira is an important music instrument when it comes to traditional music of Zimbabwe. It is played with the thumbs and it’s also used for traditional ceremonies and meditation.

Neville has two projects on the way – his first solo album and a joint project with his rapper colleague and friend YStan. Both projects will mix hip hop with traditonal and tribal elements.

You can find more about Neville on Youtube, SoundCloud, Instagram and Facebook.

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist December 2018

This is the last Playlist of 2018 and boy, what a year! There was so much amazing music released this year, that it was hard to keep up, even for me.

If you want to read a very good summary of this year’s greatest releases (while listening to my playlist 😉 go over to my girl Wanja Lange’s (from THHH Podcast Episode 3) page istillloveher.de and check out her articleBest Albums of 2018.

I love this month’s playlist so much and been playing it all day for the past weeks. Two songs I want to particularly point out and absolutely randomly both of them have to do with Brazil. Just listen to these two and you’ll see why!

One is Fabriccio’s song Amor e som which samples Erykah’s track Didn’t you know from her classic Mama’s Gun (need I say more):

Another song I want to point out is by Ill Camille and called Sao Paulo. I have just recently learned of Ill Camille and love her laid-back style. I couldn’t  agree more with the following description of her: 

The consistent blah-blah-blah of the mumble rap crowd, mixed with those deft lyricist and songwriters who keep us grooving seem to be everywhere. Only one, Ill Camille, the Compton-born, Los Angeles-and-Inland Empire-raised rapper + songwriter, has the innate gift of giving the ears exactly what they want. The “Jane-of-all-trades” caught my attention when she tweeted new work in the form of “São Paulo,” which would feature her alongside two of our faves: Rose GoldTDE‘s co-president Punch.

Kevito

Author at Okayplayer

Enjoy this music and have a stressful last month of the year, enjoy the holidays and see you next year!

Xxx, Ana 

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#17: Tobias Wilinski

#17: Tobias Wilinski

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Tobias Wilinski ist mein geschätzer Podcast Kollege vom Thematakt Podcast – mein Lieblings-Hip-Hop-Podcast aus Deutschland. Er hat eine großartige Track bei Track Episode über mein Lieblingsalbum des letzten Jahres erstellt: Platz an der Sonne von BSMG:

Tobias war lange Deutschlandchef von Genius Deutschland, erzählt uns von seiner Zeit aus Frankreich und teilt mit uns seine dort entstandenen Raps – die müsst ihr auf jeden Fall hören!!! Er war in Südfrankreich und der Slang dort klingt so, wie ich früher, als ich noch in Dresden lebte, sicher französisch gesprochen hatte – sächsisches Französisch! 🙂

Schließlich teilt er mit uns noch wie er zu Thematakt kam und was er damit in Zukunft noch vorhat! Hört euch die Folge unbedingt an und dann am Besten gleich Thematakt anhören!

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#16: Anna-Liisa Donatella:

#16: Anna-Liisa-Donatella

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Anna-Liisa Donatella has always been connected to arts: singing, making music, dancing. She’s practicing and teaching Yoga, and is involved in several pre-dominantely female empowerment projects.

She was into choirs from a very young age. At first, she was told she  didn’t have much of a voice and was not allowed to join the local choir. But she didn’t allow that to crush her vocal confidence, so she kept auditioning and eventually got in to the Cathedral girls choir in Winchester. She has since joined and led many more choirs and got a Gospel Mentorship.

The school of knowmads has changed her life. It’s for “lost birds” and she lost her voice there. She started dancing and had the opportunity to dance in front of the whole school and there she started to reinvent herself. Her alter ego – the fairy – made her dance through an old trauma and it made her realize how healing dancing and art is. This is the film Anna-Liisa talks about in the Interview – created and performed by her. It’s a performance about a healing journey, a transformation of pain into power. 

Still on her healing journey she went to Trinidad and Tobago with her Gospel mentor. All of sudden she found herself in the jungle as part of her mentor’s family with her mentor’s father slowly passing away. The atmosphere there allowed her to just sit there and sing along to the piano, no matter what would actually come out – whispers or silent songs.

Over time she found her voice appearing again and she now wants to help others who have experienced the same thing. When I asked her if she could share with us the music she sang in Trinidad, something magical happened. Anna-Liisa has since published her song not only for the podcast, but also shared it with the whole world, video and all. She also plans to do more music and two choir projects. I’ll share any news with you guys!

Her blog ‘How to be happy’ contains musings, stories, pastoral philosophy, resonant thoughts, diary writing (journal) recommendations and tools for your own process, ideas in collision with facts, pitches and gestures, loving words and non-sensical pieces that she have thought about and enjoyed. An assortment of sensations to try and answer this one question: “how to be happy, indeed.”

Other links:

Virtual choir by Eric Whitacre

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist November 2018

Happy Movember! Just like the October playlist, this month’s playlist turned out to be very smooth and laid back again. I’m still in my recovery mode and also it starts getting darker out here, so the music reflects my blue mood and my slower moves…

Also, I felt for some old-school Soul Music – or is it middle school? – by Georgia Anne Muldrow, Frank Ocean and my dearest Erykah Badu.

I want to point out ‘Run Away’ by Georgia Ann Muldrow in particular by sharing the video and lyrics:

 

 

Another song I want to point out is by Ayilla, an artist I connected with on IG. Let me know what you guys think, but I love it!

 

So until next month, enjoy some good music and some bubble baths…Be safe!
Xxx, Ana

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Ich habe mich im letzten November mit Tobias Frühauf und Philipp Wolpert, den beiden Gründern des Heilbronner Theaterlabels Tacheles und Tarantismus für dieses Interview getroffen. Wir haben bei Falafel Beirut darüber geredet, was ein Theaterlabel eigentlich überhaupt...

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