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Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Culture

We all associate ourselves with a particular form of identity which can be described in a way as “belonging to a certain social setting”.


Whether it is political, ideological, social or geographical, the list is endless and as much as it tends to narrow down on a specific ideological way of determining ones identity, it sometimes jeopardizes the former as a means of discriminatory afflictions towards an individual or a group.


Sometimes it becomes more severe that it leads to an ethnic attack, regional woes and international disputes due top simple basic facts of differences. From the post election unrest witnessed in Kenya to the long stand off in the Middle East to name but a few.


It can therefore be argued that an attempt to seek and create ones own identity which holistically stands out on its own without any reference to the existing stereotypical brands of being can be successful.


Through globalization and a race to one global nation, it is of relevance that the only way this can be achieved is to be unique in every different way. Just like a barcode enables a product to be identified through its unique format.


As a basic norm of any people, history is an important aspect structured to safeguard its cultural values and practices. If this aspect can be sought after in a proper way and understood, one can forge his own future with disregard to the bounding factors to his historical background, as long as he identifies with who he is, where he is from and to know where he is going.


This way of thinking points to a new ideology that we can create our own future. Surely why should we be identified through some of the existing institutions and ideological patterns rather than as who and what we are. It will just be a matter of time before an emergence of a new identity which does not reflect on any existing form of cultural, ethnical, geo political or any other institutionally stereotyped form of identity.


On a point of self critique this article does not portray a sense of anarchism fuelled by rebellion but tries to put across a point that as much as we are all part of and form a social structure, each one of us exists and acts on their own free will within these structures for the well being of all.


By Jeff Otieno Baraza.

Posted by jeffbaraza at 4:18 PM EEST
Kibaki Gimmicks
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: too hyped for my stereo
Topic: Politics
Now that Ringera has pulled a stunt on KACC,what do we anticipate from big man Kibaki....I think hes still got his bag of gimmicks,,,and so he will definately elude the media on comments regarding Ringera and probably appoint a controversial clown  from his PNU sidekicks......

Posted by jeffbaraza at 4:07 PM EEST
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: cypress hill- eye of the pig
Topic: hip hop syndicated

"Rap is going back to the eighties"-Talib Kweli,,and a misdirected quote from J.Z where he talks about "rappers claiming fashion and old school but they say rap is dead" and not to mention Kanye West- are reasons enough to give me a perspective on how hip hop culture has drastically influenced every element of our society.

Leave alone the coporate world and its moguls who are infuriated by this phenomenon yet they prescribe to the same, subconciously.It is a wild turkey hunt when switching through radio stations in an effort to listen or even get a phrase of some hard core rapper-censored that is-wilding out through your speakers.

Maybe productions are gonig overboard in their quest for a more futuristic sound scheme for topping charts and bagging awards...I guess its all about the money.

My biggest fear is that someone will package a cloune assed mix,or blend of house techno 80's funk,throw in some rappers on set and call it hiphop.

No contest or offence since change is inevitable,but it would be deragatory and a slap on both cheeks for rap fanatics all accross the globe for not giving what is intended to be labeled as rap music and expecting an applause from the same fans.


Posted by jeffbaraza at 3:14 PM EEST
Updated: Wednesday, 30 September 2009 3:43 PM EEST
Friday, 9 December 2005
wu tang
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: chamber music
so once again chillin out and listening to the funky otcombing beat of this track gives no choice but to catch some of the GZA>genius// GZA// spark the intro load the tempo 105 keyboard relevant info....// ya heard //wu tang clan aint na in ta f@@ wit.>>

Posted by jeffbaraza at 3:43 PM EET

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