Arts and Music

Sound Field

LA Buckner and Nahre Sol are accomplished musicians and music teachers exploring the music theory, production, history and culture behind our favorite songs and musical styles.

The Genius of Fela Kuti and Afrobeat

16m 35s

Fela Kuti has inspired musicians from all over the world from Burna Boy and Beyoncé, to Miles Davis. Sound Field dives into the musical genius of Fela's cultural funk. Host LA Buckner speaks to Fela's son and grandson, Femi and Made Kuti about carrying on the legacy of Afrobeat.

Episodes

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    The Genius of Fela Kuti and Afrobeat

    S2 E5 - 16m 35s

    Fela Kuti has inspired musicians from all over the world from Burna Boy and Beyoncé, to Miles Davis. Sound Field dives into the musical genius of Fela's cultural funk. Host LA Buckner speaks to Fela's son and grandson, Femi and Made Kuti about carrying on the legacy of Afrobeat.

  • Jazz Shaped Hip-Hop, but How Did Hip-Hop Change Jazz?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jazz Shaped Hip-Hop, but How Did Hip-Hop Change Jazz?

    S2 E4 - 20m 44s

    Hip hop’s foundation and evolution owe itself to jazz. And it’s reciprocal. Jazz has borrowed from all facets of hip hop culture and musical contributions, showing that one of the country’s oldest genres is still young at heart. LA Buckner talks to Karriem Riggins about the Dilla formula. Linda Diaz interviews Lakecia Benjamin about the ways hip hop has influenced her as a jazz saxophonist.

  • Why Is Jersey Club Music Everywhere?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Is Jersey Club Music Everywhere?

    S2 E3 - 15m 47s

    Jersey club is a style of dance music created by Black DJs from New Jersey. Like many other dance genres the music production used to be dominated by men, but today the women of New Jersey are helping to push this genre to new heights. Our host, LA Buckner gets introduced to the world of club music by UNIIQU3. Also, icon DJ Tameil talks us through the historical roots of the Jersey club rhythm.

  • Why Puerto Rican Bomba Music Is Resistance: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Puerto Rican Bomba Music Is Resistance

    S2 E2 - 10m 57s

    Bomba is an ancient genre of resistance from Puerto Rico created by enslaved people on the island over 400 years ago. Recently, bomba music has been a staple of Black Lives Matter protests calling back to its roots as a music of resilience. Linda Diaz & LA Buckner break down bomba's musical and cultural elements. Ivelisse Diaz teaches Linda about bomba singing, and LA learns bomba drum rhythms.

  • Noise and Experimental Music Is for Everyone: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Noise and Experimental Music Is for Everyone

    S2 E1 - 12m 44s

    Dreamcrusher is a rising star in the world of noise and experimental music. Here our host Linda Diaz meets up with them to talk about their sound and the diverse history of experimental music. From artists like Sun Ra and Julius Eastman to musicians like Wendy Carlos and İlhan Mimaroğlu. We also got to see a socially distanced, life changing Dreamcrusher performance.

Extras + Features

  • Is This Even Music? John Cage, Schoenberg and Outsider Artis: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Is This Even Music? John Cage, Schoenberg and Outsider Artis

    S1 E6 - 9m 26s

    What is music? From John Cage to Legendary Stardust Cowboy, avant-garde artists have forever been pushing on the edges of what is considered music. Composers like Arnold Schoenberg, Harry Partch and outsider musicians like The Shaggs are constantly changing music.

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