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'BLACK. [is a culture]': A Powerful Mix About Racial Discrimination By Lo-Fi Odysseys

Daniel Oduntan aka Lo-Fi Odysseys offers a stirring portrayal of institutional racism in the 'BLACK. [is a culture]' mixtape.


Lo-Fi Odysseys is the musical persona of Nigerian-rooted, London-based photographer and artist Daniel Oduntan. His latest mix BLACK. [is a culture] is a heart-wrenching exploration of the discriminatory treatment of black culture and black people within Western society.

Blending audio clips from news coverage and debates about incidents of racial discrimination over songs from Alice & John Coltrane, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Pine, Leo Thomas, Light of the World, Gil Scott Heron, Jean & Doug Carn, Don Blackman and many others, BLACK. [is a culture] offers a stirring portrayal of institutional racism through a mixtape.

“This mix has been on my mind for awhile now,” Daniel Oduntan writes in an e-mail to Okayafrica. “It's a challenging mix and looks more at the black diaspora/People Of Colour, exploring the abusive experiences of black people/the black diaspora within white/western society and the cost to still create and sustain culture within it. The mix touches on themes from black culture ownership to culture exchange/appropriation. Plus looking at the attitude of why cultural/intellectual property and ownership isn't given to POC, even after the price they've had to pay for it.”

“The mix revisits the work of Lee Mun Wah's film The Colour Of Fear, BLACK BRITAIN: Rise Of Racism In The UK from the BBC archives and many other clips from tapes I've dubbed off radio to online sound bite recordings.”

“It's a mix for the Africa diaspora as-well as non-blacks and hopefully will challenge, inform, and bring about vital dialogue.”

Stream Lo-Fi Odysseys' powerful BLACK. [is a culture] mix below and download it here.

Lo-Fi Odysseys 'BLACK. [is a culture]' Tracklist

Light Of The World - I'm So Happy

Alice Coltrane - Om Supreme

Gil Scott Heron - Rivers Of My Father

Courtney Pine feat. Susaye Greene ‎– Children of The Ghetto

Ray Charles - Unchain My Heart

Leo Thomas - It's My Life I'm Fighting For

The Limit - POP

Capleton - In Her Heart instrumental/Vibes FM [Lo-Fi Odysseys Edit]

Lo-Fi Odysseys - Untitled

Daniel Oduntan - #BlackLivesMatter instrumental

Maryam - Alright

Doug Carn feat. Jean Carn - Revelation

Doug Hammond - We People

Don Blackman & The Family Tradition - Ghetto Lament

DMX – Ready To Meet Him instrumental

The John Coltrane Quartet - Africa

Roy Ayers feat. Carla Vaughn - Everytime I See You [Lo-Fi Odysseys Edit]

Yutaka - Haiku

Henry Franklin - Soft Spirit

John Coltrane Interview

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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