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Creative Life
00000177-ba84-d5f4-a5ff-bbfc9ab20000Our series Creative Life discontinued on October 30th, 2017. It has been replaced by Ways of Life. The Creative Life archive lives on this page. Creative Life offered an audio tour of arts, culture, and inspiration on the Cape and Islands. Our region is rich with creative diversity, and so are the stories we tell.Creative Life is edited by Jay Allison.Creative Life is made possible by The Circle of Ten, ten local businesses and organizations committed to local programming on WCAI.

A Mixed Interpretation on the Roots of the Blues

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Photo by Abby Madan April 2017
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In more ways than one, Mwalim sees himself reflected in blues music. Mwalim is a musician in Mashpee who has a mixed Black and Native heritage. He’s part of a growing number of people who share a curious theory of the origins of the blues—that the genre has both Black and Native musical roots. Through his music, Mwalim is on a mission to share this idea. 

In April 2017, Mwalim’s band, The Groovalottos, performed at the Gathering of Nations Powwow in New Mexico. That’s the largest powwow in the world. Their debut album was released this year.

This piece came to us from our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media-training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Abby is a graduate of the workshop and you can find out more about that program at Transom.org. 

Creative Life is edited by Jay Allison and made possible by the Circle of Ten - ten local businesses and organizations committed to local programming on WCAI.