White corporate-controlled industry colonizes the brains of today’s African music makers

By Norman “Otis” Richmond (aka Jalali) First Published in the Burning Spear Online Newspaper Jul 13, 2015 Many of the veterans of the African liberation movement in North America, the Caribbean and on the African continent complain that our youth are not stepping up to the plate lyrically. Where are the Nina Simones, Peter Toshes and … Continue reading

Remembering Contrast’s role in the African Liberation Movement in the 1970s

Norman (Otis) Richmond, aka Jalali First Published in Burning Spear Jun 28, 2015 This month marks the 43rd anniversary of the African Liberation Day commemorations in the Americas. According to the May 27th, 1972 edition of the African-Canadian weekly, Contrast, there were demonstrations all over the Western Hemisphere. At the time, liberation movements were blazing … Continue reading

Tribute to Lena Horne

Diasporic Music Show on Uhuru Radio: Tribute to Lena Horne Click to hear the show First Published Mar 23, 2010 in Burning Spear Norman Otis Richmond, aka Jalali “My identity is very clear to me now, I am a Black woman.” – Lena Horne My life’s work as a journalist/broadcaster has made it possible for me … Continue reading

A look at the life of legendary piano man, Herbie Hancock

First Published Mar 11, 2015 in Burning Spear Norman Otis Richmond, aka Jalali I am looking forward to reading pianist Herbie Hancock’s memoir, “Possibilities.” Hancock has always intrigued me–not just his music but his political/cultural views. Of course, I loved Hancock who joined saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams to be a … Continue reading

A worthy tribute to the great Bluesman, Willie Dixon

Norman Otis Richmond (aka Jalali), Diasporic Music: The Burning Spear newspaper Published Apr 19, 2015 Willie Dixon is a person that Africa, Africans and progressive humanity should know about and celebrate. Dixon was born one hundred years ago on July 1, 1915. Mr. Dixon is one who earned tribute from Blues lovers in North America … Continue reading

Celebrating “Lady Day” turning 100

Norman “Otis” Richmond (aka Jalali) First Published Jun 1, 2015 in Uhurunews “Her pain is what got to me. Billie (Holiday) turned herself inside out, all in the name of love. She was deeper than sex, the hurt she felt was the hurt of all humanity. Great artists suffer for the people…” Marvin Gaye on … Continue reading

Bobby Womack

First Published July 16, 2014 in PrideNews.ca By Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali Pride Contributing Writer Bobby Womack has joined the ancestors. Womack died in his sleep on  June 27, 2014,  according to Los Angeles R & B legend, Charles Wright. Womack was born Robert Dwayne Womack March 4, 1944. His career spanned more than 50 years and his repertoire was … Continue reading


By Norman (Otis) Richmond, aka Jalali First Published in the People’s VOICE, May 16-31st-2015 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Canada is major news. Modi is being greeted like he is a musical star like Bob Marley or Bruce Springsteen. India has a long history of leaning left and not being a servant of … Continue reading

Richard Williams: A life lived on his own terms

First Published in Link to: Caribbean Camera November 13, 2014 By Oscar Wailoo Last August we published an excellent review of Richard Williams’ biography Black And White – The Way I See It by Norman Richmond. That review was the precursor to Williams’ expected visit to Toronto a week later for a book-signing. He did … Continue reading

November 2nd, 1979 anniversary of Assata’s Escape

Video First Posted via ~ Kalmplex.com November 26, 2013 Click here: Post Assata Shakur’s lawyer Lennox Hinds speaks to Norman Otis Richmond from kalmplex on Vimeo.