King of Sevdah Božo Vrećo Melts Balkan Hearts and He’s Out to Melt Yours

Music October 4 2017

What’s a traditional sevdah singer-songwriter doing on an urban culture website like Stocktown? What’s nature got to do with culture and why “just” a voice in a world full of a multitude of alternate realities and “fake news”? From Europe’s most sizzling East-meets-West boiling pot, where artillery fumes from the 90’s war can still...Continue

‘I dance as if I have a gun to my head’ – 89-minutes of cutthroat dancing from ZA is here

Dance September 20 2017

The long awaited South African full-length documentary The African Cypher (from 2012) is finally out and here to amaze; 89-minutes of raw dancing and cutthroat stories by ZA’s finest street crews. We fell in love with the trailer (above) and urge you to stream the full length version (like, yesterday). Why? Because it’s a piece that screams raw talent. The African...Continue

Pan-Africanism on the Focus: Gato Preto’s Latest Video Calls for Action

Music November 16 2016

Not all music nowadays needs to be a superficial pile of chords and beats and nothing else; not that there’s anything wrong with that. However, it’s insanely refreshing to enjoy music that extends beyond the ordinary threshold of relevance; music that actually conveys a meaning beyond musings on a broken heart, a hot new love interest or an existential crisis. The...Continue

Pussy is the New Dick. Get over it.

Music November 9 2016

Straight outta Vagina is currently the 10th (not in chronological order) video by Moscow-based punk feminist band Pussy Riot. According to Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova’s statement for The Guardian: “This song could be considered an answer to Trump. But I believe the idea of powerful female sexuality is much bigger than any populist megalomaniac man … Vagina is...Continue

81-year-old Esther Mahlangu Slays with the BMW Art Car

Art October 31 2016

Esther Mahlangu X BMW Group recently teamed up and created a one-of-a-kind ride called the – BMW Art Car. We’re loving it. You will too. No one is as incredible as 81-year-old ZA-artist Esther Mahlangu – and renowned brands are taking note. Everyone wants a piece of Mahlangu’s Ndebele art, what’s not to love about Ndebele culture? She’s already put her...Continue

Queer Stories that Need to be Told

Docs October 25 2016

Check it! is a documentary movie about the first ever documented LGBTIQ gang in the US. It’s a success story of three bullied childhood friends who are trying to make it despite the odds against them. Armed with a passion for fashion and lots of attitude, the gang teamed up for protection and empowerment. At the beginning, nothing was easy and some got incarcerated....Continue

Killing Time for Botkyrka’s Blood-brothers: MAR of Stockholmssyndromet drops Gangsta Video

Music October 10 2016

Everyone should be psyched about one-half of Stockholmssyndromet’s MC MAR’s comeback. At least all suedis. In his latest two act video (above) for ‘2 Bröder/ Para i min plånbok’ (2 Brothers /Cash in My Wallet) – MAR dishes on brotherhood gone bad, para (cash) issues and more.  To anyone based in Stockholm – and who’s into hip hop a la...Continue