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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

XENOPHILE STATUS REQUIRED

X is for xenophile.  

noun
1.
a person who is attracted to foreign peoples, cultures, or customs.
One must be interested in the culture of others to truly and fully appreciate Afro Jazz.  This of course, also applies to one who makes Afro Jazz, which would be me.  

Magazine and Newsstand in Paris, France circa 2014.  Images of afros were everywhere!

I love learning about the way people live and create art from all over the world.  When I travel, I make it a point to check out the art scene.  Art is very telling when it comes to a society's values.  Something as simple as visiting a newsstand and seeing what images are considered mainstream can shed some insight as well.  Imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to encounter the word Afro and see images of afros all over Paris!  It was as if I was manifesting the word afro with every outing.

In my upcoming series of work, I will explore the influences that Jamaica, Panama, and France have had on my Afro Jazz that perhaps, I did not realize previously.  

    

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