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