Multimedia

For when sounds and words aren’t enough. Below, videos, audio slideshows, books, live concerts, public appearances.


Latino USA Live at the Greene Space

A live radio show in WNYC’s Greene Space I produced alongside other staff at Latino USA in 2014 during the Latin Alternative Music Conference. Soundcheck host John Schaefer joins Maria Hinojosa to interview and hear performances from psychedelic salsa band La Mecánica Popular and Argentinian musician Juana Molina. We also look into diversity in New York theater with members of the Labyrinth Theater Company.

Check it out at Latino USA.


Sounds and Colours Brazil

Ladies and gentlemen: this is a book that I made, my very first.

Sound and Colours Brazil is a cultural digest to contemporary Brazil, covering music, art, film and literature.  It features articles, illustrations and photographs from journalists, musicians, scholars and crate-diggers from the US, UK and Brazil. I’m credited as the editor of this thing, which means I commissioned and edited many of the articles in the book. Hats off to Russ Slater, who runs the website Sounds and Colours, for producing a truly beautiful book – it really came out wonderfully. If you’d like to buy it, or you’d like to learn more about the contents,  go here.

 

Here’s the blurb from Sounds and Colours:

Sounds and Colours Brazil is a new book and CD focused on Brazilian music and culture. With interest in Brazil set to reach fever pitch make sure you get the inside scoop on what makes the country tick… its creativity, diversity and rich cultural history. If you’re thinking bossa nova, Carmen Miranda and Jorge Amado then this book may not be for you. Sure, these are all important parts of Brazilian culture (and feature in our book in some way) but we wanted to go deeper than that.

Staying as far away from the stereotypes and cliches as possible, Sounds and Colours Brazil is part-book, part-magazine, part-fanzine (and all-passion!) with 200 pages of articles, illustrations and photos that show Brazil in a completely new light. We’ve gone behind the scenes to find out the music making waves in Rio, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Recife. We’ve looked into why Brazil is miles ahead when it comes to harnessing digital tools for creativity. We’ve dived head first into Brazilian hip-hop, carimbó, afrobeat and jongo, letting you know why you may want to give your stereo a decidedly-’Brazilian’ refit. We even got renowned Brazilian music experts like Hermano Vianna and José Teles to share their infinite wisdom. Plus, the book comes with a 20-track compilation of brand-new Brazilian music so you can hear exactly what we’re talking about.”

 


Unpacking Blackness in Mexico’s Costa Chica (Fusion)

Here’s another video piece I worked on for Fusion with Nina Macintosh, about an amazing woman named Doña Marina Guerrero. We met her the Costa Chica region of Mexico, where the largest concentration of Afro-Mexicans live. She’s a painter and composer from a rural village who addresses a taboo topic in her creations: blackness and discrimination.


The Fandango Life: Resurrecting Son Jarocho Beyond La Bamba (Fusion)

Filmmaker Nina Macintosh and I produced this video for Fusion (a new media brand ABC and Univision). It follows the a day in the life of Jose Luis Hernandez, a teenage musician from a small town in Veracruz province, as he prepares to put together a traditional fandango party for his friends. Through Jose and his friends, we look at how the region’s traditional son jarocho music, once on the brink of disappearing, is flourishing among the new generation of Veracruzanos.


Afropop in Mexico: Keepers of the Chilena (Afropop Worldwide)

As part of our insane and amazing Afropop in Mexico project, in which me and filmmaker Nina Macintosh rented a car and drove around Mexico filming stories of Afro-Mexican history and music, we filmed 5 short film documentaries that are slowly coming out into the world. The first one is called “Keepers of the Chilena”, and it’s about a family of musicians in the Costa Chica that, against all odds, is keeping the local chilena sound alive.


Bold Sounds From São Paulo (WNYC Soundcheck)

I wasn’t exactly sure where on this site this belongs, so I stuck it here. After producing a documentary about the São Paulo music scene with the fantastic Julia Furlan, we were invited as guests WNYC Soundcheck to talk all about it. It was nerve-wracking and extremely exciting. Here us pontificate on what’s good in South America’s biggest metropolis below!

The Brazilian hip hop star Criolo emerged from São Paulo's independent music scene

WordPress won’t let me embed WNYC’s HTML5 player unfortunately, so to listen, click through here and visit the Soundcheck page!


Maroni River Mashup: A Guyanas Mix (Afropop Worldwide)

A special free digital mixtape produced by Marlon Bishop and mixed by Geko Jones (Que Bajo!) of music from the Guyanas. A special extra for the Afropop Worldwide radio documentary, “Getting Down in the Guyanas.”

 

Maroni River Mashup: A Guyanas Mixtape by Afropop Worldwide


Painting in the Skies of New York (WNYC)

Once widespread, hand-painting outdoor advertisements on building walls is a dying art form. One Brooklyn company is trying to change that. WNYC profiles the daring artists who make their living by braving tremendous heights and biting winds to paint some of the largest paintings on the planet.


Neighborhood Manufacturer Makes Halloween Costumes for the World (WNYC)

Today, Rubie’s Halloween costumes are sold everywhere: Wal-Mart, Party City, Stewarts, just to name a few of the major retailers that carry them. But Rubie’s Costume Company, which claims to be the leader of the Halloween industry, isn’t what you might expect.


MAKU Soundsystem: Colombian Roots Rock in Queens (WNYC)

Queens is home to a rich Colombian musical community that is mixing traditional Afro-Colombian sounds with contemporary American music in interesting ways. WNYC’s Marlon Bishop visited a rehearsal of MAKU Soundsystem to find out more.


Dominican Music in Washington Heights at the 27 De Febrero Restaurant (WNYC)

Bachata rules New York Latin radio, and any Gothamite will recognize the Dominican genre’s clinky, rhythmic guitars and wistful tenor croon as a fixture of the city’s sonic landscape. Superstars such as Aventura may have made bachata one of the biggest selling Latin genres in the world, but here at the 27 de Febrero, one of bachata’s pioneers dutifully performs for local crowds every Friday night in relative obscurity.


King of the Courts: NYC’s Biggest Street Handball Tournament (WNYC)

Meet the best street handball players at this year’s “King of the Courts” tournament in Jamaica, Queens.