[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYpkpGfmPgE&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] (h/t Kari)
I’m leaving America next Sunday. There’s nothing left for me here, and I’m not coming back. At least, not for a year. I’m not quite ready to leave, but I’m contractually obliged to- so this Sunday I’ll fly from JFK on a convoluted itinerary to Buenos Aires. I found out in the spring that I had received a Watson Fellowship. Wayne and Jace deserve credit as much as I do- they helped me craft my proposal. And there was some tactical chaos magic that nudged my chances just enough to matter.
So I’ll be gone for twelve months starting this august- attempting a sort of grand tour. Five months in S. America. A month in Jamaica. Six Months in Africa. Or something like that. So far only the first three months are planned. I’ll be in Argentina for a month, then Brazil for two. There’s a project behind all of this- a nebulous (now) attempt of getting a grasp of what it is that we (Dutty Artz) are engaged in from a broader prospective then I’ve previously had access to.
I’m looking for sustainable/scalable business models, new productions techniques, pirate economies, massive sound-systems, broken_links, and a bevy of things that I’m only faintly grasping at right now.
I’m taking a fancy camera and some HD recording devices and there are notions of collecting my documentation outside of the internet- creating a kind of visual/taxtual accompaniment to the Global Ghettotek fascination that I’ve been continually inoculated against but cant seem to quit. The whole project will be as open source as possible. I have no fucking idea what I’m doing, and need a lot of help. But there is powerful positive energy in the universe and I have my stars aligned and my crystals vibrating at 60 HZ just like the man at the botanica told me to do.
My email is TallyBower AAAATTTTTT GGGGMMMAAAAIILLL so if u have any suggestions, any friends anywhere along the way, beef to pick with the colonial underpinnings your reading in my mission, a favor to ask, food to try, places to surf, or anything that I need to know, or that you want to do for me, or that I can do for you. please just let me know.
It’s nearly impossible to leave New York- there’s too many people that I love, and projects that I care about- but nows as good a time as ever to get away.
this sounds awesome. i hope to hear updates from around the globe!
good luck Tally!
Bon voyagio homie. Send postcards (or blog posts)!
thats lucky for all of us. more energy to the dutty arts!!!
if yr trip is not all about the beat, i would insist that you visit the Morrinho project in Silva de Pereira favela of Rio, http://www.morrinho.com/Morrinho/Project_Morrinho___A_Small_Revolution.html
one of RJ’s best mc’s is part of the project anyways… MC Maiquinho.
and preferably catch and hook up with filmmaking super dude Markao Oliveira
GOOD LUCK, GODSPEED AND RIP IT UP!!!
travel well! will look forward to hearing your stories as they unfold.
Im in BA… just getting aclimated and its cold as FUCK.
wills- im gonna get you on skype before i start planning the africa part of things… before then maybe we should get on gmail a bit.
copia- for sure thanks for the tip- yeah its all about getting above and beyond music- its just a focal point 4 things.
brian, paul and matt- im gonna need all the good luck.
thanks yall more soon!
Sounds interesting man, a friend of mine spent a few years in Brazil working with a lot of open-source community projects so I’ll see if I can rustle up some contacts for ye if ye like?
Maybe we can trade a few thoughts, there’s some overlapping ideas, abstract for a thesis I’m working on here:
Best of luck and big up from Dublin!
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