The List: Bilal

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“The List” is our exclusive series that highlights select artists and the various, random things that they’re currently into and inspired by. Ranging from all creative facets, this series shall serve as your go-to for all things visionary and artistic.

It’s nearly impossible to define singer-songwriter, producer and all around creative Bilal. He is literally a living work of art beaming with otherworldly talents, interests and style that is surely his own. Naturally, many of us are curious about what inspires such a prominent influencer. And for someone as elusive as Bilal, you’re probably aware of deeply rooted and untraceable those things would be. Lucky for us, Bilal shared a few items that move him in some shape or form. He dives into the contributions of Dr. John Henrik Clarke, shared how he is able to carve out a relaxed and mediative environment for himself and some essential reads that explore history and honor the legacy of those who came before us.

See Bilal’s list below in his own words:

Dr. John Henrik Clarke – Pan-Africanist.

He pioneered the need for Africana Studies in school. His words, teaching, and what they mean to other Black people are very important to me, especially, his speeches.

 

The Heliocentric Worlds album by Sun Ra

This album is life changing. Especially, as a jazz musician, I always go back to this album for inspiration when I am making music.

Heliocentric Sun Ra

 

An Indica/Sativa blend is always important. I like to work with an open mind, in a relaxed environment.

ISBlend

 

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Ravel: Bolero

This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. You can’t love art or musicianship and not enjoy this piece.

 

Stolen Legacy by George G M James

This book is so important to the education of everyone. Learning about our true history and giving credit to those who actually discovered Arts and Sciences, is imperative to us. This is a great read.

Stolen Legacy

 

Wing Chun (martial arts) Mook Yan Jong (wooden dummy)

The wooden dummy is used in wing chun training. Martial arts has always been something that I am passionate about. The art of learning Wing Chun has rounded me as a person.

Mook Yan Jong

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