Fulbright and mtvU sent students around the world to study and promote "the power of music." Check out their blogs here.

Getting Started

Palabra del dia: Un chin
Translation: A little
Explanation: In Spain, people say “un poco” or “un poquito”, but Dominicans are always asking for “un chin de café” (just a little bit of coffee). If you want less than un chin, say “chin chin,” and if you want less than that, say “chil-i-lin.”

Comida del día: I recently took a cooking lesson with my neighbor, who has also quickly become my Dominican grandmother. Check out her recipe for arroz con pollo here.

Foto del día: Here are some students learning percussion in the backyard of the Bachata School:

students learn percussion

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 Thoughts, Video 4 Comments

Heritage Arts in the UAE

Dance performance

children dance
Traditional dance performances at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival (Nov-Dec 2014).

Before my Fulbright-mtvU grant comes to an end, I wanted to revisit the topic of heritage, since it is an active, shaping force in Emirati culture.
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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 Thoughts No Comments

Announcing Our 2015-2016 Fulbright-mtvU Grantees

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships, Christa Majoras of Boston University College of Communication, Brian Parker of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Sarah Plovnick of Washington University in St. Louis, Dimitri Staszewski of Loyola University New Orleans, and Lena Weissbrot of Florida State University. These five U.S. scholars will be conducting research and sending blog updates from Serbia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mongolia and South Africa respectively for one academic year on projects that are designed to promote “the power of music” as a global force for mutual understanding. Best of luck!


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Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 News 9 Comments

Da Hip Life Episode 3- Interview with Jean Feier

Jean Feier is a Ghanaian artist who spent a good portion of her childhood in Europe; she’s a German national who also lived in England and Ghana. All three countries have left their mark on her personality and artistry, and she speaks many different languages! She draws influence from the music of her many cultures – grabbing bits and pieces as she sees fit. She just released her first EP – a six track offering called 93M Child – as part of Ghana’s up-and-coming Royal KCMG collective. Intensely in touch with her own emotions, her life equally shines through the lyrics and musical backdrop. Yes, she’s a rapper, but in line with today’s musical trends, her music continues to blend genres and bend definitions.
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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 Thoughts, Video 2 Comments

Da Hip Life Episode 2- Interview with Klu

Klu is one of the most prolific artists I’ve ever met. As he began his career, he set the ambitious goal to release 12 mixtapes in only four years. Yes, you read that correctly, in order to “find himself” as an artist, he put out TWELVE free full projects for the masses, honing his skills and experimenting with different sounds. He is an emcee and a producer, and he keeps his circle tight. While he has songs with some of the biggest names in Ghana (Edem, Sarkodie, Joey B etc…) he will not work with just anyone. His artistic integrity won’t allow it. Before making a beat for someone or rapping over another producer’s work, he must be able really to understand his fellow artist. He needs to comprehend what they are doing with their music and where they are coming from. Most of his production, under the slightly varied KluMonsta or King Klu monikers, features members of his collective The Royal KCMG, his girlfriend and fellow artist Jean Feier, or it winds up hosting his own vocals.
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Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 Thoughts, Video 2 Comments

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