The Healer Hip Hop Playlist March 2019

I’m in Lisbon, taking a long needed break from everything, but of course I had to prepare another Playlist for you and also for me to walk these beautiful streets here.

Thanks to the wait I could add Solange’s new song ‘Stay flo’ which is my favorite of her new album “When I get home” so far. Which one is your favorite?

And this month, I added three songs from my Podcast guests:

Musa with his latest release “Splitter”

TB Honest together with Vontskrilla “Mood” (definitely a mood for me ūüôā

Langa Mavuso’s Mvula

Enjoy!
Until next month with more music of The Healer Hip Hop

Xxx, Ana

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#23: Black History Month 2019 mit Boqor Bantu

#23: Black History Month mit Boqor Bantu

by The Healer Hip Hop | Podcast

Black History Month

Jedes Jahr im Februar wird in zahlreichen L√§ndern der Black History Month (BHM) gefeiert um¬†die Geschichte Schwarzer Menschen in aller Welt zu w√ľrdigen. Diese Tradition geht auf das Jahr 1926 zur√ľck, als der Historiker Carter G. Woodson eine Veranstaltungsreihe initiierte, um die breite √Ėffentlichkeit in den USA √ľber Schwarze Geschichte und die kulturellen, wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Leistungen der afro-amerikanischen Bev√∂lkerung aufmerksam zu machen.

Auch in Deutschland wird BHM seit Anfang der 1990 vielen Städten von der Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e.V. (ISD) organisiert.

Afro-Deutsche Geschichte

Wie schon in Podcast Episode #15, zum BHM UK im Oktober, habe ich mich auf ein Interview mit Boqor Bantu¬†von¬† Geschichte Afrikas getroffen, um anhand von drei afro-deutschen Autobiografien √ľber die Geschichte von Schwarzen Deutschen zu reden. Souls√§nger Billheincock, der in seinen Liedern auch von seinen eigenen Erfahrungen als afrikanischer Deutscher erz√§hlt, war so freundlich mir seinen passenden Song “Dealer” zur Verf√ľgung zu stellen.

(Im Podcast habe ich von der Organisation “√úber den Berg” erz√§hlt. Der Verein hei√üt Mountain Activity Club und organisiert Trips in die Berge und √ľber die Alpen f√ľr ehemalige Drogens√ľchtige.)

Londri Mingolo-Tite:

Allein in einer fremden Welt

Geboren und in den ersten Jahre beim Vater und der Oma im Kongo aufgewachsen,¬†beschreibt Londri Mingolo-Tite seine Lebensgeschichte, erz√§hlt von den unbeschwerten Kinderjahren im Kongo und wie er schlie√ülich mit sieben Jahren von der Familie ganz allein ins Flugzeug gesetzt wird und √ľber Umwegen nach Deutschland kommt. Er schildert den Kulturschock in dieser g√§nzlich anderen Mentalit√§t. Er erz√§hlt vom Alleinsein ohne Halt und Orientierung, ern√ľchtert von der harten Realit√§t des Alltags in Deutschland und der schwierigen Integration.

Von den Problemen als ‚Äļschwarzer‚ÄĻ Asylbewerber in Deutschland, den Verlockungen unserer ‚Äļwei√üen Welt‚ÄĻ, seinem Abrutschen in die Kriminalit√§t, dem Gro√üwerden in einem Heim der Jugendhilfe, bis zum Abschluss der Regelschule und dem Erlernen eines Berufes und dem Antritt einer Arbeitsstelle als Krankenpfleger in Trier.

Er beschreibt in harten Worten seine pers√∂nlichen Erfahrungen und seine Entwicklung vom Kind zum kleinkriminellen Gangster in K√∂ln und Umland bis zum resozialisierten und integrierten ‚ÄļNormalo‚ÄĻ mit Frau und Tochter. Dieses Buch zeigt schonungslos und offen die Risiken der deutschen Asylpolitik, aber auch die Chancen und Ressourcen einer gelungenen Integration. Diese Geschichte ist real und wahr und brandaktuell.

Die W√ľrde des Deutschen ist unantastbar.

Londri Mingolo-Tite

Hans J. Massaquoi:

Ein unaussprechlicher Titel

Als Sohn einer wei√üen Mutter und eines schwarzen Vaters w√§chst Hans-J√ľrgen Massaquoi in gro√üb√ľrgerlichen Verh√§ltnissen in Hamburg auf. Doch eines Tages verl√§sst der Vater das Land. Hans-J√ľrgen und seine Mutter bleiben zur√ľck und ziehen in ein Arbeiterviertel. Als die Nazis die Macht √ľbernehmen, ver√§ndert sich ihr Leben grundlegend.

Hans J. Massaquoi beschreibt in seiner außergewöhnlichen Autobiographie seine Kindheit und Jugend zwischen 1926 und 1948 als einer der wenigen schwarzen Deutschen in diesem Land.

Theodor Michael:

Deutsch sein und schwarz dazu

Theodor Michaels Vater kam vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg aus Kamerun, damals deutsches ¬ĽSchutz gebiet¬ę, nach Deutschland und wurde wie andere Kolonialmigranten freundlich aufgenommen. Er heiratete eine Deutsche und gr√ľndete eine Familie. Doch schon w√§hrend der Weimarer Republik fand man, Farbige sollten den Deutschen keine Arbeitspl√§tze mehr wegnehmen. Bald konnten sie nur noch in den sehr beliebten ¬ĽV√∂lkerschauen¬ę unterkommen. In der Nazizeit wurden ihnen die deutschen P√§sse entzogen. Nur als stumme Komparsen in den zahl reichen Kolonialfilmen waren sie noch gefragt.

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The Healer Hip Hop Playlist February 2019

Oprah, Kamala, Ava, Tarana and Lena Serena, Viola, Opal, Patrisse and Alicia You and me, are the chosen, right now, this is our moment We are a people of motion Our love’s gonna change the world India. Arie

What if

Welcome to A Month full of reminiscence

February has more celebrations than December: In Hip Hop, we celebrate Black History Month, Dilla Month and Valentine’s Day.

Black History Month

February is African History month and just in time, India. Arie published her latest album “Worthy” with a beautiful ode to African-American heroes:

The full album will be released on February 15 and if you can’t wait for more of India. Arie – like me! – go check out her Podcast Songversation¬†where she talks in detail about her songs, new and old. I love it and it has inspired me to start a Songversation Podcast Series with Tansy Davis¬†from Episode 2 of The Healer Hip Hop Podcast soon!

Dilla Month

February is also Dilla Month, celebrating the Life & Achievements of a Detroit Legend who was born on February 7.

J Dilla has produced a lot of the songs of the artists I listen(ed) to, such as Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde, Erykah Badu, Common, De La Soul, Guru, Slum Village and many more. 

My favorite track of his is and has always been The last donut of the night, so you’ll find that on the Playlist.

Valentine’s Day

Lastly, the thing we celebrate in February that I care about least is Valentine’s Day. Andr√© 3000 best describes my feeling towards this day, so that one HAD to be on this month’s playlist ūüėÄ

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#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 ūüôā

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 Рnew 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 l√§uft” (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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