Detroit is Different is about exposing artistry, business, ideas, and dynamic people, places, and things that make Detroit a mecca. The movement is supported by this website, my social networking family (I’m ‘detroitwae’ on facebook, instagram, and twitter add me), an email list, and a podcast.
A podcast is a radio or video program independently produced, and distributed through the i-Tunes network (I subscribe and listen to many, most notably the Joe Rogan Experience). Like most of my interests I feel the podcast world is overpopulated, but under represented. Detroit is Different’s podcast hosts conversations I feel are fruitful.
The Detroit is Different podcast begins with a running start. I hosted a live event, where I recorded a conversation with Malik Yakini. The event was 7 o’clock Saturday Stories. Yakini is an educator, musician, urban farmer, craftsman, and life long Detroiter.
Our conversation was compelling, entertaining, and insightful.Above is a link to the podcast for you to listen to. Yakini shared the his thirst for knowledge about the culture of Black people, his journey as a reggae artist, and his commitment to Black people.
Yakini’s music is played throughout the podcast as well. “Rising,” is the song that opens the podcast before our conversation begins. “Rising” features Yakini on guitar, and on Ajuma drums. “Justice,” concludes the podcast. “Justice features Yakini on Bass and Guitar along with Anoor Radin on keys, and vocals feature G Mack, Money Wells, and Saleem Rushdam.
Yakini will be playing music live at Dabl’s African Bead Museum (one the of my FAVORITE places in Detroit, across the street from my HS alma mater Northwestern) 6559 Grand River Ave (where W Grand Blvd, Dexter, & Grand River intersect, Rev. Sampson’s stomping grounds RIP) Saturday May 31 2014 at 5pm. Yakini will be playing music with the Black Star Posse which is a musical collective of artists. The event is free produced by Yakini and Tawana Honeycomb Petty for the community.