Jason Diakite is best known for his illustrious career as a hip hop artist in Sweden. Performing in the group Excel and then solo as Timbuktu, he has performed all over the world, including at the Nobel Peace prize ceremony. His critically acclaimed memoir ‘A Drop of Midnight’ has sold more than 100,000 copies in Sweden and is an honest and intimate account of his and his family’s history, from slavery in the southern states of the US to modern-day Sweden.
The story of Jason Diakite into pop culture prominence isn't one that many will have heard before. The Swedish hip hop artist wasn't discovered waitng tables and he wasn't regarded as a child star. Despite his less than conventional path, his music rings as true as any on the scene. On this episode of Pop Life , Joe Lee chats with Jason Diakite about his journey from America to Sweden, what inspires his music, and what he's learned along the way.
He has performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies, got the name of his memoir from Sterling Brown, and wants you to know that diversity is strength. Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité's new book is "A Drop of Midnight", and it's time to go Beyond the Mic with Sean Dillon.I've had great interview opportunities over my 25+ year radio history that never made it to air. Some were due to length others were because of topic.I decided to flip the table on the rules. Any topic / guest is welcome, but you need to tell a story & must go 'Beyond the Mic.'
JASON “TIMBUKTU” DIAKITÉ is one of Sweden’s chart topping hip hop artists winning 8 Swedish Grammy awards, 4 P3 Guld (Swedish radio) awards and has performed all over the world, from Sweden to Africa and from the Roxy in Los Angeles to Nobel Peace Prize award ceremonies! Born in Sweden to American parents - an African American dad and a white mom - Jason's book - A DROP OF MIDNIGHT- has already sold thousands of copies in Sweden and goes on sale in the US next month. It is also being adapted into a stage performance premiering this month at Harlem Stage in New York City. In the book - Jason pens his very intimate journey of self-discovery which stretches from South Carolina slavery to 21 century Sweden - and how music and hip hop has impacted his life. About the Author: JASON “TIMBUKTU” DIAKITÉ is one of Sweden’s most well-known hip-hop artists. Born in Lund to American parents—an African American dad and a white mom—he has released eight solo albums and numerous singles, the majority of which have reached gold or platinum status. His accolades include eight Swedish Grammy awards and four P3 Guld (Swedish radio) awards. He has performed all over the world, from Africa to Svalbard, from the Apollo in New York City to the Roxy in Los Angeles and at the Polar Music Prize and Nobel Peace Prize award ceremonies. Jason is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir A Drop of Midnight, which has sold more than one hundred thousand copies in Sweden and has been adapted into a stage performance premiering in March 2020 at Harlem Stage. www.adropfofmidnight.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steve-richards/support
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#therichsolution #jasondiakite #adropofmidnightJoin me in a few minutes with my guest Jason Diakite. Jason is the author of the newly released, "Drop Of Midnight".He is most recognized and known under the stage name Timbuktu, a Swedish rapper and reggae artist.Find out about his story, why he wrote his first book and when his stage adaptation will premier in Harlem stage.