On the 7th episode of WHAT’S WRONG WITH GROOVIN? the episode was an exploration of Black Philosophy, not only as something that has established itself as an academic discipline but as a continuous quest in creating our own epistemologies.
The episode explored the resilience of the Black body as being philosophical, with no better example than Mokgadi Caster Semenya. Semenya continues to live out what it means to be an outwardly athlete, under the constant scrutiny of the media and the medical world. A world that continuously tries to fracture women who don’t conform to people’s ideas of what womanhood looks like.
The episode also took us back into the 60’s through the autobiography of prominent anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele titled: A Life. Like many young activists of her time, she writes about being inspired by the Black is Beautiful cultural movement that spread across borders, and inspired many to become more subversive in exhibiting who they really were.
Black feminist voices have been largely absent from philosophical discourse and debates in a Western context. Many Black womxn voices have been crucial in re-framing this narrative which the episode explored. From Gail Smith’s take on intersectionality, an important declaration that gender and race cannot be experienced as separate issues. To a referencing of Mariama Bâ’s francophone classic So Long a Letter, a gripping take on feminism in a postcolonial African context.
Through different voices of the past and present ranging between Fred Moten , Masello Motana and more — the episode affirmed multiple Black Philosophies through multiple ways of being Black.
Here is the track-list of the 7thepisode of WHAT’S WRONG WITH GROOVIN? if you missed it.
Letta Mbulu – What Is Wrong With Groovin
Donny Hathaway – Someday We’ll All Be Free
Kamaal Williams – New Heights
Ayub Ogata – Kothbiro
Fela Kuti- Trouble Sleep; Yanga Wake Am
John Lee Hooker – Harry’s Philosophy
Finley Quaye – Maverick a Strike
Two banks of four – one day
Makaya McCraven – The Master
Rufus Thomas – Do the Funky Chicken
Yesterday’s New Quintet Broken Dreams
Shabaka and the Ancestors – Joyous
Maisha – Azure
The Juju Exchange – Patients
Marcus Stricklands – Mirrors
Alif Tree – Rain River
Kamau Daáood – Ancestral Echoes
A Wicky Wacky – the fat bank band
Bill Whiters – Grandma’s Hands
United Future organization – Stolen Moments
The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself
Patti Jo – Make me believe in you
S.O.U.L – Burning Spear
James Brown – “Say It Loud It Loud ~ I’m Black & I’m Proud”
Nina Simone – Four woman
Timo Lassy – Early Morning
Darondo – Didnt’i
Boris Gardiner – “Breezin”
Mavis John – Use My Body
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Arrested Development – Revolution
Bob Marley – redemption song
Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout a Revolution
Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Niggers Are Scared of Revolution – The Last Poets
Dj Vadim feat.Sarah Jones – Your Revolution
4 Hero & Ursula Rucker – Loveless
Sonia Sanchez – A Black/Woman/Speaks
Ego Tripping – Nikki Giovanni
Lebo Mashile – Tell Your Story
Quantic feat Anita-Tijoux – Doo Wop That Thing
4hero – Planetaria
Black Starr- Brown Skin lady
Saul WIlliams – Twice the First Time
Common – A Song For Assata
Mos Def – Fear Not Of Man
Dead Prez feat. Stephen Marley
Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln- Freedom Day
Sathima Bea Benjamin -Africa
Dj Kenzhero & Tha Muzik – What Is Wrong With Groovin
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