The Otis Jackson, Jr. Appreciation Society (aka MADLIB Sound System)

Coming straight outta Oxnard, Otis Jackson Jr., a.k.a. Madlib is the youngest member of our illustrious league of Appreciation Societies. Hip hop DJ, producer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, expert musicologist and crate-digger extraordinaire, Madlib (also known as The Beat Konducta in addition to a wide host of aliases and alter-egos) is arguably America’s most creative and certainly […]

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FELA KUTI IS MY PRESIDENT

If you are unfamiliar with Fela Anikulapo Kuti, suffice to say that he was one of the funkiest and grooviest musicians the world has ever seen who tended to perform live concerts wearing only a speedo and a fur coat surrounded by his 29 wives (who were also his backup singers).  A gifted multi-instrumentalist and […]

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Saint John William Coltrane

John Coltrane, the consummate seeker, innovator, paradigm expander, spiritual quester and musical GIANT, revolutionized and transformed jazz and modern music on his fearless journey into the infinity of inner space. He has been canonized as a saint by the African Orthodox Church and won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for  “masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of […]

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