Fringe Frequency Digest: Laura Mvula, Anderson .Paak, Kahlia Bakosi, and more

Every week, here in Fringe Fre­quen­cy Digest, we round-up a selec­tion of things to read, watch, and lis­ten to, from insight­ful blog posts to poet­ry, pod­casts to doc­u­men­taries. Dig in and expand your mind.


Kaya Thomas brings authors of colour to young peo­ple with her we read too app (Teen Vogue)
Kaya Thomas, a senior at Dart­mouth Col­lege, in New Hamp­shire, USA, talked to Teen Vogue about set­ting up an app which hosts more than 600 books fea­tur­ing peo­ple of colour who are main char­ac­ters, and being a woman in tech.

‘Hum­ble’ by Kendrick Lamar is prob­lem­at­ic and here’s why (Tri­als & Tresses)
Melis­sa, co-founder of nat­ur­al hair blog Tri­als n Tress­es, offer an alter­na­tive view on ‘Hum­ble’ by Kendrick Lamar.


Ander­son .Paak & The Free Nation­als per­form ‘Am I Wrong’ on Lat­er… with Jools Hol­land (BBC Two)
If you’ve not heard of Ander­son .Paak, the new-age Ste­vie Won­der-esque mae­stro, who’s appeared on records by Dr Dre, Mac Miller, and released the spec­tac­u­lar Mal­ibu in 2016, you need to watch this.

Lau­ra Mvu­la: Gen­er­a­tion Anx­i­ety (Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4)
Musi­cian Lau­ra Mvu­la dis­cuss­es her own expe­ri­ences of anx­i­ety and pan­ic attacks, and looks at why under-35s are espe­cial­ly prone to feel­ing anxious.

Post­mod­ern Juke­box per­form a 40s-era swing ver­sion of Goril­laz’ ‘Feel Good Inc’
US-based jazz enthu­si­asts, Post­mod­ern Juke­box, shared a deli­cious cov­er of Goril­laz’ 2005 hit this week. Vocals are per­formed by Thia Megia, who appeared on sea­son 10 of Amer­i­can Idol. Check it out if you’re par­tial to clas­sic jazz.

Stop­ping crime in Chica­go before it hap­pens (Click, BBC News)
BBC reporter Marc Cies­lak heads to Chica­go to inves­ti­gate how police are using Minor­i­ty Report-style tech­nol­o­gy to curb the city’s high crime rates. Fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ry that ques­tions the ethics of crime pre­ven­tion tech­nol­o­gy and the data its work­ing from.

Watch via BBC iPlay­er in the UK

The xx’s Night + Day Brix­ton mini-documentary
Fol­low­ing the trio’s sell-out Brix­ton fes­ti­val, direc­tor Tayo Rapoport and Josh Renaut, and CHILD stu­dio, offer a close look peo­ple, places, and moments that made The xx’s week-long arts extrav­a­gan­za memorable.


Adri­an Lester and Deb­o­rah Ker­mode on the impor­tance of Birmingham’s arts cen­tre (Front Row, BBC Radio 4)
Actor Adri­an Lester and artis­tic direc­tor Deb­o­rah Ker­mode talk about the impor­tance of Birmingham’s arts cen­tre, the mac, to young peo­ple and the city, as it faces huge fund­ing cuts. Com­pos­er and sitar play­er Shama Rah­man also dis­cuss­es being the first musi­cian to com­pose in Antarctica.

Born n Bread with Kahlia Bakosi and Cosi­ma (NTS Radio)
Lon­don R&B star­lets Kahlia Bakosi and Cosi­ma passed through NTS Radio recent­ly to chat with the Born n Bread babes. Bakosi spoke about how she came to be an author, a play­wright and a musi­cian. She also dis­cussed her forth­com­ing play, Bot­tled Up and Explode, which she says is “about what hap­pens when you refuse to express what you mean to say” to some­one close to you. Check out the show below for the full interview.

Writ­ing the New Caribbean (BBC Radio 4)
Actress and pre­sen­ter Elisha Efua Bar­tels explores how a new gen­er­a­tion of writ­ers and poets are break­ing free of the sto­ries and stereo­types typ­i­cal­ly asso­ci­at­ed with the Caribbean and its peo­ples. In this (so far) three-part doc­u­men­tary, Efua Bar­tels speaks to nov­el­ists and poets includ­ing, 2015 Book­er Prize win­ner Mar­lon James, Tanya Shirley, Kei Miller, Sharon Mil­lar, Eliz­a­beth Wal­cott-Hack­shaw, and Andre Bagoo.


Five of this week’s new music releas­es we rec­om­mend you lis­ten to.

El Michels Affair – Return to the 37th Chamber
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN
Lit­tle Drag­on – High Season
Splashh – Wait­ing a Lifetime
Var­i­ous Artists – Resis­tance Radio: The Man in the High Cas­tle Album

Image: Lau­ra Coulson