Saturday, December 06, 2008

E Pluribus Unum means "One Out of Many"

Great piece in this weekend's NY Times Sunday Magazine about Gabriel Roth, the founder and artistic force behind Daptone Records.

In addition to being a straightforward profile of a driven music nerd (respectfully), there is nodding glance to the issue of a white man working in a traditionally "black" genre - soul music. What's the role of racism? Exploitation? Reverence? Documentation and preservation? Legitimacy?

As a white person who loves soul, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, funk, reggae, and all manners of African music I think of these same things. Is it fetishistic? Respectful? Just aesthetics and good taste?

Not many questions get answered in the piece but lots of good food for thought. Maybe our culture really is ready to live up to the promise of the melting pot. I think we are very close to finding out.

Read the article and share your thoughts here.

E Pluribus Unum by The Last Poets