Words & Photos By Evangeline Kim
The coming year, if not the next decade, offers great promise for worldly cultural activists, as evidenced by some of the key sessions held during APAP’s recent annual conference at the New York Hilton. (ed: APAP is the Association of Performing Arts Presenters). Along with Globalfest’s splendid 8th edition at Webster Hall, all served to brighten the horizon towards improved international cultural appreciation and awareness in the U.S. and beyond.
APAP’s theme this year, Vision 2021, was thought-provoking: “2021 begins now. What will the culture of our lives be ten years from now? What are the implications for our work in the arts? What is our role and place in society in the future?” In partial answer to these challenging questions for the performing arts industry “that has at its heart human interaction and creativity,” APAP had programmed 3 outstanding session events for conference attendees.
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The Worldwide Awards were held last week in London, hosted by Gilles Peterson. Thanks to everyone who showed up, and congratulations to all the Worldwide Winners! You can find a full list of them on GP's site.
The first hour of this show features a new Jamie XX / Gil Scott-Heron remix ("I'll Take Care Of You"), a track from the new David Lynch album, more James Blake of course, Hercules and Love Affair, Sun Ra, and much more. For the mixtape, he brings in the UK producers Dark Sky.
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Check out Blaqstarr's new video for "Rider Girl" from the Divine EP. As if the music isn't catchy enough, Blaqstarr also seems determined to stick in our heads visually, with his glistening muscles and fauxhawk. The motorcycle-riding girl of the song is present but only as a psychedelic silhouette, constantly in motion.
Don't forget Blaqstarr's Divine EP is out this week [iTunes]. He is performing a special showcase at Qué Bajo?! at Santos Party House, NYC on Thursday, 1/27 at 10 pm and an additional live show at MeanRed’s Dark Disco at Good Units, NYC on Saturday, 1/29.