Shotgun Griot: Conversations with Creatives in New Orleans
By Amina Desselle
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Shotgun Griot is a podcast featuring conversations with creatives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Host Amina Desselle interviews artists working within all media, including musicians, visual artists, designers, writers, comedians, filmmakers, dancers, actors, culinary professionals, and more. Each episode explores the guest's personal journey and creative vision.
||CleanEpisode 10: Abdul Aziz and Rolando Palacio, “THESE WALLS: Confronting White Supremacy and Xenophobia”||Photographers and videographers Abdul Aziz and Rolando Palacio discuss their personal histories and their documentary work. Abdul Aziz shares perspectives on the expansion of white supremacy and the process of representation. Rolando Palacio’s work||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Jneiro Jarel and Indigo, “Provide the Alternative”||In this episode, music producer Jneiro Jarel and actress/musician Indigo discuss collaborating to create Viberian Experience, their shared appreciation of nature, and their love of New Orleans. Intro Music: N.A.S.A. Instrumental, Jneiro Jarel Outro Mus||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Deep South By Suroeste, “Better Must Come”||In this live episode, curator Fari Nzinga and artists Nik Richard and Chriselda Pacheco talk about representation and creative community. Recorded at the Exchange Centre Gallery in New Orleans, LA. Cover Art by Nik Richard....||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Dexter Gilmore and Gabrielle Washington, “Where The Music Takes Us”||Musicians Dexter Gilmore and Gabrielle Washington of “Sexy Dex and the Fresh” talk about making a life from their art. Music: “My BAE-B,” Sexy Dex and the Fresh Photo Credit: Rolando Palacios Subscribe to...||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Carl Joe Williams, “An Intuitive Standpoint”||In this episode of Shotgun Griot, mixed-media visual artist Carl Joe Williams shares his creative vision and talks about the challenges of navigating a changing art world in New Orleans. Photo Credit: Steven Baily Images...||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: LIVE with Angela Tucker||In the first live episode of Shotgun Griot, filmmaker Angela Tucker shares stories about working in the film industry with honesty and humor. Episode produced in collaboration with Afrofuture Society. Recorded in Three Keys at...||10/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Lorna Williams, “To Make Work Your Spirit Has To Be Intact”||In this episode of Shotgun Griot, we visit sculptor Lorna Williams to discuss the deeply personal process of creating work. Lorna intuitively arranges natural and man-made materials to create striking pieces that engage questions of identity and the.||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Dominic Minix, “A Living Music”||In this episode of Shotgun Griot, composer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dominic Minix speaks about his development as a musician and shares his unique vision for his sound. Music: “Figure of Speech (Numb Me Now),” Dominic Minix...||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: AF THE NAYSAYER, “Don’t Settle”||In this episode of Shotgun Griot, beat maker AF THE NAYSAYER tells stories about discovering video game soundtracks, creating the Dolo Jazz Suite, and why he loves to teach. Music: “Sunday,” AF THE NAYSAYER...||4/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Blaze Like Fyre, “I Shoot What I See”||In the first episode of Shotgun Griot, Blaze Like Fyre describes life as a photographer, videographer, and digital media producer. Images of Blaze’s work are available in the Gallery. Photo Credit: Upendo Na Kushindana, InterworldFilmz ...||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
While I've listened to parts of the premier of Shotgun Griot, I didn't have time to listen to the whole thing. I try to be conscious & intentional about what I consume (including media) and I had some downtime so I pulled up the Shotgun Griot website & hit play (great mobile site btw!). I'm almost through episode 5 and...wow. I am not only impressed by the depth and diversity of the conversation but I'm also struck by Amina's natural ability to connect with Angela (her guest) and go to places you never thought the conversation would. And honestly I'm not surprised. Amina has a gift. I've known her since college and it's clear she's simply evolved into more of herself. And back to this episode; do yourself a favor and listen to it until the very end bc there's a very beautiful moment of pure emotion that took Amina, Angela and the audience (me) by surprise. First time I've listened to a podcast on thanksgiving. I'm glad I did ;)