Sampling, Stealing and Influence: Music and Cultural Appropriation

On first listen, the soft-spoken melodies created by Australian rapper Genesis Owusu (born Kofi Owusu-Ansah) don’t immediately ring as political. Yet, his creative pursuits in both music and fashion speak out against racial inequalities and misguided preconceptions of his culture, with his lyrics consciously stemming from his own upbringing as a black person in the […]

Continue Reading

Review: Tigran Hamasyan at the North Wall

On 1st May, Armenian-American musician Tigran Hamasyan and his trio revisited the United Kingdom for the first time since his performance at the 2013 London Jazz Festival last November. This time around it wasn’t London, but Oxford, that enjoyed the pleasure of his company. In 2013, Tigran cemented his transition out of the bebop jazz […]

Continue Reading