Brother from Another Planet


Friday, December 12, 2008

Sun Ra was from Alabama - or from Saturn - depending on who you ask. He’s not the only musician to ride on the Mothership Connection. As professor Tricia Rose points out, the Afro-futurist urge to escape Earth continues to this day. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.

    Music Playlist
  1. Outer Spaceways Incorporated
    Artist: Sun Ra and his Arkestra
    Album: Space is the Place
    Label: Evidence
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Mothership Connection (Star Child)
    Artist: Parliament
    Album: Mothership Connection
    Label: Polygram
    Purchase: Amazon
  3. Planet Rock
    Artist: Afrika Bambaataa
    Album: Planet Rock
    Label: DBK WORKS
    Purchase: Amazon
  4. Daydreamin'
    Artist: Lupe Fiasco
    Album: Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor
    Label: Atlantic
    Purchase: Amazon


Derek John

Comments [4]

Afrofuturism Foundation from Universal

Thanks for the great information...


Jun. 10 2009 11:47 PM
jim tropp from Manhattan

Entertaining, informative segment.

Dec. 14 2008 04:39 AM
Mark Kissel from Costa Rica

Great story and I enjoyed the black-futurism tie from Sun Ra to George Clinton to contemporary artists. I feel so very fortunate to have seen Sun Ra many times and the experience was truly one of transporting your sense of reality to some other place...maybe even Saturn. Best regards.

Dec. 13 2008 05:19 PM
Patrick Oliver from New York

Hi, great story, really enjoyed it and very informative. Might have been nice to tie in the Detroit Techno pioneers like Derrick May, Juan Atkins (Model 500!!), Kevin Saunderson who are/were all very much in touch with the cosmos and form an important piece of the puzzle.

Thanks for doing this story!!

Very best
New York

Dec. 13 2008 10:48 AM

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