Episode #1333

Marjane Satrapi & DJ /rupture

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Golshifteh Farahani as Irâne and Mathieu Amalric as Nasser Ali in Chicken With Plums Golshifteh Farahani as Irâne and Mathieu Amalric as Nasser Ali in Chicken With Plums (© Patricia Khan, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Kurt Andersen talks with Marjane Satrapi, who’s turned her graphic novel Chicken With Plums into a new movie that blends live action, animation, and puppetry. Kurt takes a spin on the turntables with Jace Clayton, a world-class DJ who performs as DJ /rupture. And Janka Nabay, a singer who fled his native Sierra Leone, creates a new musical life with a bunch of indie rockers from Brooklyn.

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Marjane Satrapi's Chicken With Plums

Originally a graphic novel, the movie Chicken with Plums tells the story of Nasser Ali, a virtuoso violinist living in Tehran in the 1950s. He loathes his wife, has no patience for his children, and he loses his will to live. The film was adapted for the screen and directed by its creator, Marjane Satrapi ...

Slideshow: Stills from Chicken with Plums

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From Sierra Leone to Brooklyn: Janka Nabay

Janka Nabay calls himself “the Bubu king.” The Sierra Leonean musician took an ancient style of Muslim ritual music and transformed it into pop, using keyboards and drum machines. The new style made Nabay a national star. But after he fled Sierra Leone’s civil war, Nabay fell into ...

Bonus Track: Janka Nabay, “Feba” — from the album En Yay Sah

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Jace Clayton Becomes DJ /rupture

Jace Clayton is the philosopher-king of club DJs. He’s a Harvard grad who used to review poetry, and made some tracks with poet Elizabeth Alexander. He’s an ethnomusicologist who’s fascinated by the way digital technology is taken up in different cultures. He designs software ...

Video: Inside DJ /rupture's Brooklyn studio

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