TAR HEEL TRACKS: UNC Beat Making Lab Students Sample NC Artists to Raise Money for Congolese Youth

UNC Professor Pierce Freelon and beat battle champion Stephen Levitin co-teach the Beat Making Lab – an innovative course offered in the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Co-founded by Levitin and Dr. Mark Katz, the Beat Making Lab teaches sample-based music production, history and entrepreneurship to musicians and non-musicians.

On May 13th, Shuffle  Magazine and ARTVSM released the Beat Making Lab’s FREE debut album, Tar Heel Tracks. The 13-song collection, organized by Pierce Freelon and Stephen Levitin, features original Hip Hop, Dance and Electronica, produced by UNC undergraduate students. All production on Tar Heel Tracks samples from other artists based in North Carolina including the Avett Brothers, Lee Fields, The Foreign 

Exchange, The Old Ceremony, and Nnenna Freelon. In addition to co-teaching the Beat Making Lab, Pierce Freelon and Levitin are founders of ARTVSM (pronounced Artivism) – a company that merges art and activism by any medium necessary. ARTVSM will bring the Beat Making Lab curriculum to 16 Congolese youth in Goma this summer through Yole! Africa.  Read more in TRIBES magazine Summer 2012 issue! 

Download TAR HEEL TRACKS FREE at beatmakinglab.com

TRIBES Summer 2012 issue: SPARK AFRICA


TRIBES Magazine Summer 2012 – The SPARK AFRICA Issue

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In the spirit of ushering in a new summer and preparing to bring this latest TRIBES Magazine Summer 2012: Spark Africa issue to press, the crew at TRIBES Central took a field trip to the Carolina Theatre for a highly anticipated, limited screening of Marley, the new documentary film from Kevin MacDonald chronicling the complete life and works of the international superstar. Immersing his art in the political and socioeconomic realities of life in post-colonial Jamaica and committed to reclaiming a cultural homeland and spiritual roots for all members of the Africa diaspora, Bob Marley was beloved by his fans and peers for his commitment to the work of truth and reconciliation in his music and the love for humanity that permeated his life and work.

In this issue of TRIBES Magazine, join us as we head to Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leon, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, and S. Africa by way of Germany and the United States, to meet musician and activist Nneka– raising awareness around big oil business, natural resource exploitation, and state corruption in her hometown of Warri- Hip Hop Activist, promoter, and journalist, Buddha Blaze– co-founder of Spark Africa and various efforts to generate and unify Hip Hop communities across the African continent- Sister Fa– Female MC and subject of the new documentary film, Sarabah, on her mission to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) practices in her Senegalese homeland- and MAMA AFRICA, Miriam Makeba, and her peace and humanitarian work during and after the fall of apartheid in her native South Africa.

These individuals, and the other artists and activists to grace the pages of this Spark Africa edition, teach us that through intensely personal, substantively relevant expressions of art and culture, we become infinitely connected and limitless beings with voices amplified for the work of improving our world. Celebrate inspired community and the arts with our favorite summer concerts and festivals, write your Spark Africa summer playlist after a visit to our Music TRIBES and find inspiration for new forms of expression in Pierce Freelon’s latest project, Tar Heel Tracks, and Renaldo Davidson’s collaborative, mixed-media work, Black Clown.

In this summer of 2012, love, and as a means for revolution, reigns supreme and thus, we welcome you to the TRIBES Magazine 2012: SPARK AFRICA Issue. May your heart’s light illuminate the darkness!  Alana Jones, TRIBES Executive Editor