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Chris May

Chris May is a senior editor of All About Jazz and editor of the style magazine Jocks & Nerds; he was previously the editor of Black Music & Jazz Review magazine.

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Chris May is a senior editor of All About Jazz and editor of the style / culture / history print magazine Jocks & Nerds. He was previously the editor of the pioneering magazine Black Music & Jazz Review. His books include African All-Stars: The Pop Music Of A Continent (Quartet Books hardback / Paladin paperback), an encyclopaedic survey of modern African music, and Vibes From The Scribes (Pluto Press paperback), a contextualised anthology of verse by rap forebears The Last Poets. In the 1980s Chris ran the London office of Celluloid Records, then the platform for Bill Laswell's productions. He is retained by Partisan / Knitting Factory Records to write commentaries for every track on all releases in the ongoing Complete Works reissue series of his longtime friend Fela Kuti. In 2021 he was commissioned by Google Arts & Culture to create the content for an interactive all-singing, all-dancing Fela Kuti website. This will go live in October 2023 to coincide with Felabration, the annual music festival conceived by Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti in memory and celebration of her father.

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