Nostalgia’s Rhythm

Above: Lake near Nisswa, Minnesota   My earliest memory of listening to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, his ‘Emperor’ Concerto is at my maternal grandparents’ house in Nisswa, Minnesota, a lakeside town in the Northern United States. That’s where my grandparents moved when Papa retired from his job with Ford Motor Company in 1994. My […]

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Keble gym in silence

Numerous Keble students have been disappointed by the college’s decision to remove speakers from their gym. The gym remains popular amongst college students, yet concerns have been expressed regarding the fact they were not told of the speaker’s removal at the beginning of term, and they are keen for them to be reinstated. However, some […]

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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 […]

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