He has also conducted research on popular music and ancestor veneration rituals of the Garifuna in Belize and Honduras.
His documentary film, “Play, Jankunú Play: The Garifuna Wanaragua Ritual in Belize” (2007) has been screened at scholarly conferences, universities, film festivals and cultural art affairs in Aukland, New Zealand; Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Dangriga, Belize; Belgrade, Serbia; Honolulu, Hawaii; the Bronx, NY; Rutgers, NJ; and Atlanta, GA.
While some of the more well-known heavy hitters of nu-soul are notably absent, this compilation will appeal to those both new and seasoned in the nu-soul market.
Johnson and his tight unit – Manu Dyens on drums, Benjamin Molinaro on bass, Edouard Ardan on guitar and Jean-Max Mery on keys – performed a solid, sexy-funky-jazzy set; Valérie Delgado on backup vocals was the perfect foil for Sly, who – sounding somewhere between Musiq Soulchild and Bilal – pushed beyond nu-soul, exploring the full range of his instrument, from straight up soul to beatboxing to Bobby Mc Ferrin-style pyrotechnics.More melody- than beat-driven, it showcases not only his strong, soulful vocals but also his songwriting skills.The album opens with “Slaave 2” (borrowing from Grace Jones’ “Slave to the Rhythm”); Slum Village share lead vocals with Johnson, the track’s sparse, catchy beat enhanced by his signature beatboxing and scratches.Hathaway will perform at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. “There was never a moment of ‘maybe I’ll be …’ “I never wanted to be known as just a singer. UAB students and faculty may purchase tickets; a limited number of tickets are available for each show.