Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité presents A Drop of Midnight: Musical meditations on race, culture and identity
Monday, November 27, 2017 — 4:30 p.m. , 18th Ave. Library, 175 W. 18th, Room 205
Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité is one of Sweden’s best-known hip-hop artists. He has released eight solo albums and numerous singles, of which most have reached Gold or Platinum status — some even reaching 5X Platinum. His accolades include eight Swedish Grammy awards and four P3 Guld (Swedish radio) awards.
In 2016 he published his first book, En Droppe Midnatt (A Drop of Midnight), which has sold more than 35,000 copies in Sweden. The book tracks his family’s history from the slave plantations in South Carolina to the Swedish welfare state. In autumn 2017, En Droppe Midnatt will be turned into a stage performance. He has performed for audiences all over the world, from Africa to Svalbard, from the Apollo in New York City to the Roxy in L.A., and at the Polar Music Prize and Nobel Peace Prize award ceremonies.
Tune in to WOSU’s Classical 101 radio station on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 and you’ll hear Christopher Purdy highlighting local music and musicians on Music in Mid Ohio. Throughout the month of October, Chris has been joined by recent OSU Doctor of Musical Arts grad, Orlay Alonso for a series called Musica Cubana. Now in its second year on the air, Musica Cubana is WOSU’s celebration of Cuban and Latino music.
A Cuban-American pianist whose recent debut with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra is only the latest in his string of accolades, Alonso is well known to the staff in the Music & Dance Library. (You can check out his bio for more detailed information on his past, and forthcoming performances.) We had the pleasure of assisting him with a variety of interesting research endeavors during his time at OSU, and we continue to follow his successes with keen interest. So it will come as no surprise that we were honored when he visited us last month with warm macarons from the Heirloom Café, and a research request.
In preparation for his Musica Cubana radio specials, Orlay was in search of some new (old) music composed and performed by Cuban artists to spice up this year’s show. Some of the music he was chasing down isn’t available in digital streams. It’s never been released on CD, either. He was looking for…vinyl. In the music library world, we know that vinyl is high quality and stable. Vinyl liner notes, especially those in classical music and jazz are often extensive, colorful, and far more detailed than anything accompanying your Spotify playlist. And don’t forget, vinyl is trendy and nostalgic (see Jack White). But we also know it’s often something else too — unique. Brace yourselves, for this may scare you: Friends, there are recordings on vinyl that never made it to any other format. To indulge in their warm, dynamically sumptuous glory, you actually have to drop that needle, forget about whatever you were going to do, and listen.
At this point it should be noted that we (the OSU Music & Dance Library) have over 80K LPs, including all of those previously owned by WOSU. The collection is vast, and the variety can be overwhelming, but there are many treasures for those who seek them. As our recent journey down the rabbit hole with Orlay reminded us, the reward for diving in can be magnificent! Over the course of several visits, he came up with a dozen or more musical rarities for “on-air” presentation. Beyond the radio, Orlay continues to be interested in seeking out new pieces to add to his repertoire. No doubt he’ll be back to mine for some of the hidden gems he may have missed. We’ll get the pleasure of his company (and macarons!) and the sense of pride in knowing that we got to be part of something interesting, exciting, local.
Looking for OSU School of Music or Department of Dance dissertations or theses? Visit our guides. They are organized by category, and the entries almost always provide links to full-text PDF files. The guides are chronological, with the most recent dissertations and theses listed first.
You will find the music guide in the Resources column of our Music/Dance Library Research Guide, or click HERE.
You will find the dance guide in our Music/Dance Library Research Guide by clicking Dance Research Guide in the Frequently Used Links column, and then clicking OSU Dance Dissertations/Theses in the Resources column (or click HERE).