A statement from us + exclusive live performances by Christelle Bofale and Aaron Stephens, in support of Black Liberation.
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Jamel Johnson clip.
Nina Simone “Mississippi Goddamn” excerpt.
We at the Nostalgia Mixtape, and yours truly, Sama’an Ashrawi, stand firmly in support of Black Liberation, and any demands that come along with it.
We hope that, more than anything else, listening to our podcast will give you an appreciation for just how much of a beautiful spectrum the Black experience is. If you’re not Black, we hope that appreciation will make you a more confident fighter for Black liberation. And if you are Black, we hope that all the different stories you hear on episode of the Nostalgia Mixtape will make you feel more comfortable in your own skin.
Solange - “Almeda” (Sango Bounce remix)
Sama’an: Big love to our favorite ethnomusicologist, Sango, for letting us use his flip of Solange’s “Almeda.”
Josh White - “Jim Crow” (1941)
Coldplay & Femi Kuti - “Arabesque” (2019)
Music is the weapon, music is the weapon of the future.
Statement from Christelle Bofale:
I just wanted to give a quick message to anybody Black, and, that message is: just an acknowledgement of how tired you might be right now. I know a lot of us are just, plain and simple, exhausted. And that’s okay. It’s totally okay to need a break. I want to remind you and to encourage you to take care of yourself. To prioritize taking care of yourself. Work it into your routine as best as possible. That, I think, is imperative to maintaining your sanity. I just want you to remember that you are someone who is worthy of softness, and gentleness, and tenderness, and I want you to provide that for yourself. I’ve had to remind myself of the same thing. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the news, every single day, it’s just so painful and traumatic.
So, I love you, and I hope that hearing this song will inspire you to invest in your needs. Whatever it is that you think you’re hungry for... Find it. Feed it to yourself. Nourish yourself. Replenish yourself.
Take care, and stay safe.
Christelle Bofale - "Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)"
Aaron Stephens - "Do Something"
Aaron Stephens - "Small Axe"
Janet Jackson - "Free Xone"
Archie Bell & The Drells - "Tighten Up"