Hostwork

Mini-doc interview segments, conducted and produced by me. On-camera work samples and demo reels.

Jeff Baraka x Sons of Fela

Interviews during WMFChicago with Afrobeat royalty, brothers Seun Kuti (2014) and Femi Kuti (2011). …   Nice Femi re-post at Okayafrica.

Jeff Baraka x Thomas Dolby

A three-part mini-doc interview/conversation with electronic music pioneer (and former TED music director), Thomas Dolby. Produced in association with WXRT Chicago and the British Consulate General Chicago. … …

Jeff Baraka x Rakim

A too brief conversation with The God MC, produced in association with HNHH and The Shrine Chicago. Talking with Rakim was a big deal for me personally, because he’s one of my primary early influences as an MC (along with Big Daddy Kane, Chuck D, KRS-One and others). I wasn’t prepared to interview him when … Continue reading Jeff Baraka x Rakim

Jeff Baraka @ Kindred FamJam

Fun night. I was really just hangin’ out this time, but got swept up in all the good energy. Produced in association with The Shrine Chicago.

Jeff Baraka x Stalley

A brief interview with Ohio MC and MMG/BCG representer, Stalley. Produced in association with HNHH.

Jeff Baraka x DJ Jazzy Jeff

Interview with the magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff about Red Bull Thre3style and global DJ culture (sorry for the minor audio/tech trouble on this one, there’ll be a re-do).

Jeff Baraka @ D. Wade’s CHT

[update 3.07.14 – met up with my old boss, Mark Cuban last night] On-assignment for AXS Live at Dwyane Wade‘s Chicago Has Talent showcase; brief segments with him and Michelle Williams. …

Jeff Baraka x The RZA

On-assignment for AXS Live. Interview with Wu-Tang Clan founder, The RZA about his movie, “The Man with the Iron Fists”.

Jeff Baraka x De La Soul

A candid conversation with the standard bearers of intelligent rap (follow-up from North Coast meeting).

Jeff Baraka x Talib Kweli

A fun, raucous interview with Talib Kweli, plus special guest GLC shows up. (produced in association with Shrine Chicago and GWHH).

Jeff Baraka x Nneka

An insightful conversation with singer/songwriter/activist, Nneka, a dynamic voice of world and soul music. …

Jeff Baraka x Blitz The Ambassador

A short interview with Blitz The Ambassador, a vanguard of African-infused hip-hop, produced in association with World Music Festival Chicago. …

Jeff Baraka x Common

An enlightening interview with Common and the late, great Dr. Maya Angelou [RIP]… … And a short conversation among Chicago hip-hop godfathers, including Twilite Tone.   BONUS AUDIO: Mic Illumination – Jeff Baraka (O Type Star) featuring Common, with prelude by Malik Yusef. Tracks 09 + 10 from the album, Driving Songs Volume One. Cryogenic … Continue reading Jeff Baraka x Common

Jeff Baraka x GWHH

Gowhere Hip-Hop interviews with UK soulstress, Estelle and TV personality flygirl, Rocsi Diaz. …

Jeff Baraka x Elzhi

A short interview with Elzhi, a premier MC in independent hip-hop (follow-up from an ’09 Slum Village talk).

Jeff Baraka x Okayplayer

An Okayplayer interview with Black Milk, a vanguard of true-school, Detroit hip-hop. … An Okayplayer interview with Aloe Blacc, one of the new giants of soul music.

Jeff Baraka @ Hennessy Artistry (The Roots)

A short film featuring The Roots & friends at four incredible events in three cities (Chi/Det/NYC), produced in association with Hennessy Artistry and Okayplayer. … A brief interview with DJ, photographer and hip-hop icon, D-Nice at Hennessy Artistry Detroit (2010).

Jeff Baraka x Baaba Maal

A brief conversation with Senegalese superstar, Baaba Maal, during my time at JBTV. (see the official video for Television and a promo video for the UNDP-MDGs). …