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R.I.P., Ray Phiri! (My ‚Graceland‘ memories)

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Last Friday (July 14, 2017), Jon Pareles posted this obituary in the New York Times: Ray Phiri, ‘Graceland’ Guitarist and Anti-Apartheid Bandleader, Dies at 70

Ray Phiri, the South African guitarist who reached an international audience backing Paul Simon on the albums “Graceland” and “The Rhythm of the Saints” and who founded Stimela, a widely acclaimed, long-running band that confronted apartheid, died on Wednesday at a clinic in Nelspruit, South Africa. He was 70.


I never talked to Ray Phiri in person. But I must have seen him when visiting a rehearsal of the „Graceland“ tour in London for an interview with Paul Simon. He and his collaborators caught a lot of flak back then because they were accused of violating the cultural boycott against South Africa’s apartheid regime.
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Written by Peter Jebsen

18. Juli 2017 at 0:59

Amazon Is Now The 3rd Biggest Music Subscription Service

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(…) Amazon’s achievement is even more impressive than it first appears. Amazon’s music streaming adoption is concentrated among 4 of its Amazon Prime markets: US, Japan, Germany and UK. In these markets 35% of Amazon Prime subscribers are Amazon Prime Music or Amazon Prime Music Unlimited users.

Music Industry Blog

At MIDiA we have long argued that Amazon is the dark horse of streaming music. That horse is not looking so dark anymore. We’ve been tracking weekly usage of streaming music apps on a quarterly basis since 2016 and we’ve seen Amazon growing strongly quarter upon quarter. To the extent that Amazon Prime Music is now the 2nd most widely used streaming music app, 2nd only to Spotify which benefits from a large installed base of free users to boost its numbers. So, in terms of pure subscription services, Amazon has the largest installed base of weekly active users.

But it’s not just in terms of active users that Amazon is making such headway. It is racking up subscribers too. Based on conversations with rights holders and other industry executives we can confirm that Amazon is now the 3rd largest subscription service. Amazon has around 16 million…

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P.Funk finds (photos from the late ’80s or early ’90s)

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Just found these photos:


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The hilarious tweets by Jared Yates Sexton on #TrumpRussia read by Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s Late Show

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On Tuesday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert had a field day reading hilarious tweets by journalist Jared Yates Sexton who voiced his severe disappointment about Donald Trump Jr.’s damning mails regarding the Trump-Russia meeting:

I…worked on this story for a year…and…he just…he tweeted it out.


Here is a collection of Sexton’s tweets after Trump Jr.’s providing ’smoking gun‘ evidence against himself:

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Written by Peter Jebsen

13. Juli 2017 at 20:22

Looking Back at News Impact Summit Hamburg 2017: Tweets and Links (#NISHBR)

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As its past editions in Hamburg (2015) and Berlin (2016), European Journalism Centre’s News Impact Summit 2017 was an inspiring event with lots of great speakers. 180 editors, journalists, J-school students and media experts discussed the topic „Truth, Tech & Community: Building Bridges to Foster Journalism Innovation“. I had the pleasure of moderating the panel „Diversity Means…“ which was a nice follow-up to last Wednesday’s Dverse Media Pop-up at the SPIEGEL building.

I collected the most interesting tweets (hashtag: #NISHBR) and most helpful links:

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Public Enemy’s Chuck D: „Get our new album while it’s free!“ (until July 4)

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Public Enemy: Nothing Is Quick In The Desert

Public Enemy: Nothing Is Quick In The Desert

On Public Enemy’s Bandcamp page, Chuck D just announced:

After 30 years, 106 tours across 105 countries and countless records, THANK YOU! This one is on Public Enemy. Get it while it’s free.

„Nothing Is Quick In The Desert“ will be available until July 4. I am listening to it right now – what I’ve heard so far is great!

Rolling Stone reports:

The 13-track album features guest appearances from Ice-T, PMD of EPMD, Easy Mo Bee, Sammy Vegas and Solé. Longtime collaborator David „CDOC“ Snyder produced the record, with help from Stetsasonic’s Daddy-O, DJ Pain 1, Mike Redman, Dejuan Boyd, JP Hesser and Public Enemy’s Professor Griff and DJ Lord.

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Written by Peter Jebsen

3. Juli 2017 at 1:47

Buffy (and Xander) at their best: „Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered“

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Screenshot „Buffy the Vampire Slayer“ S02E16

After posting my 20th anniversary tribute to „Buffy the Vampire Slayer“, I just encountered my favorite episode in the first two seasons (so far): „Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered“ – which starts with this cute dialog (in a graveyard):

Xander: Well, this is new territory for me. I mean, my valentines are usually met with heartfelt restraining orders.
Buffy: She’ll love it.
Xander: I wish dating was like slaying, you know? Simple, direct, stake to the heart, no muss, no fuss.
[Vampire shoots out of grave, attacks Xander, gets slayed by Buffy.]
Buffy: Sorry to say, Xand. Slaying is a tad more perilous than dating.
Xander: Well, you’re obviously not dating Cordelia.

Wikipedia’s synopsis:

In this episode, Cordelia breaks up with Xander after her friends mock her. Xander retaliates by attempting a love spell to „put her through the same hell“, and he gets a little more than he had bargained for.

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International Journalism Festival for foodies and barflies: #IJF17 guide to Perugia

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Perugia (#IJF17)
From Wednesday (April 5, 2017) until Sunday (April 9), beautiful Perugia will host the free International Journalism Festival for the 11th time. You’ll get all the basic infos here:

I prepared a map with all the festival locations and added my personal restaurant and bar recommendations. With the slider in the upper left corner, you can have a look at the list of entries:


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Buffy goes to Bollywood: „So, how does the water buffalo fit in again?“

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„Buffy the Vampire Slayer“ turned 20 this March – and, revisiting the first two seasons, I think it has aged quite nicely.

I just ran across a funny exchange in the „Reptile Boy“ episode (S02E05), featuring Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) watching a Bollywood song & dance scene together:

Xander: Is she dying?
Buffy: I think she’s singing.
Xander: To a telephone, in Hindi. Now, that’s entertainment. – Why is she singing?
Willow: She’s sad because her lover gave her 12 gold coins. But then the wizard cut open a bag of salt and now the dancing minions have nowhere to put their big maple fish thing.
Xander: Uh-huh. – Why is she singing?
Buffy: Her lover? I thought that was her chiropractor.
Willow: Because of that thing he did with her feet? – No, that was personal.
Xander: And we thought just because we didn’t have any money or any place to go, this’d be a lacklustre evening.
Willow: I know, we could go to the Bronze, sneak in our own tea bags and ask for hot water.
Xander: Hop off the outlaw train before you land us in jail.
Buffy: I, for one, am giddy and up. There’s a kinda hush all over Sunnydale. No demons or vampires to slay. I’m here with my friends. – So, how does the water buffalo fit in again?
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Written by Peter Jebsen

30. März 2017 at 20:50

Watch this hilarious video: Professor’s BBC interview gatecrashed by children

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This is the funniest clip I have seen in a long time (via The Telegraph):

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Written by Peter Jebsen

11. März 2017 at 22:00

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