Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Shulgin Project

The Shulgin Project is a forthcoming documentary about the extraordinary lives of Alexander Shulgin and his wife Ann. Here's the trailer.

PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story
TiHKAL: The Continuation
Ask Dr. Shulgin Online

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Tanzanian Rap

X PlastazRecently I've been listening hip-hop from Tanzania. It's very interesting how the tanzanian youth have taken advantage of hip-hop as a medium to transmit their own message, and thanks to this some aspects of the Maasai culture are reaching the globe.
Some of the best known tanzanian crews are Kwanza Unit, II Proud, NWP (Niggers With Power), Mwanza, GWM (Gangsters With Matatizo), Hard Blasters, De-Plow-Matz and X Plastaz.
The group X Plastaz is paradigmatic. They started rapping in English, copying American rappers such as Public Enemy, and later they turned back to their roots, rapping about local issues in Swahili. Some of their videos are filmed in Maasai villages and show the traditional lifestyle. Check out Aha for a glimpse of the rich Tanzanian culture.