Music: Daara J
Hailing from Senegal, West Africa, Daara J’s infectious blend of old-school East Coast hip-hop, reggae, soul, and Cuban punch turns the tables on gangsta rap through the positive power of rhyme. Though the rapid rhymes in Wolof are peppered with English, French, and Spanish, their raps about globalism, the environment, and spirituality are universal—believe it when they tell us “Born in Africa, brought up in America, hip-hop has come full circle.”
Movie: Sullivan’s Travels
Written and directed by Preston Sturges
The need for humor in troubled times is central to this hilarious and fast-paced verbal onslaught. Affluent director John Sullivan (Joel McCrea) decides to hit the road as an undercover down-and-outer to research the tough lives faced by those affected by the Depression for his next film. Sullivan fails miserably until he meets a stunning struggling actress (Veronica Lake) who shows him what it really means to be poor. 1941, U.S., BW, 16mm, 90 minutes.
DJ: Salif Keita