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Bank Alert
If you are looking for fun and happiness, you’ve come to the right place! Full of self-irony, wit and vivid sounds, this is African dance music at its best. PSquare may history be as a duo, made up of the twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye, but their music lives on. Hailing from Nigeria their music grants them virtually equal fame all over black Africa. After a dramatic year for the power duo, overshadowed by legal fights and hassles, Square Records superstars Psquare have decided to bury the hatchet by sharing this new super hit titled Bank Alert. In their usual style, they harnessed their musical energy to unleash this mainstream anthem by combining a popular story (Local boy does good) with stunning visuals, amazing costumes and a wholesome choreography. Was this made in Lagos, New York or London? (sgs)
Square Records | September 2016

Lala Belu
Hailu Mergia
The Ethiopian keyboardist Haile Mergia is a master of the accordion, as well as playing the organ and the synthesizer, who started performing professionally as a teenager. He manifested a talent for modernizing folk songs, giving them a more contemporary beat, as well as blending in funk, soul and jazz tunes, lending his music its own unique style. He was one of the leaders of the musical revolution in his country and decided to stop singing in order to forego political censorship during dictatorship that stifled Ethiopian life in the Sixties. His group, the Walias Band, ended up getting the best job in Addis Abeba, become the house band of the Hilton Hotel. Having to respond to the wishes of the hotel guests gave Mergia a wide repertoire. In 1981, he and his band were invited to the United States, and the rest is history. This video tells his story.
Awesome Tapes from Africa | February 2018

Magic – feat. Lili M and Gaba cannal
Da Kruk
South African dance music and house DJ, radio personality and producer Kutloano «Da Kruk» Nhlapo has had an impressive career that includes time spent on the University of South Africa’s UJ FM as sports presenter, as the co-host of the Weekend Breakfast Show and of a saucy sex show called «The Dip». He’s now at YFM where he produces the drive time show and has been voted YFM’s top producer for the Flava in the Morning breakfast show for three years running. «Da Kruk’s long experience in the media and dance music world make his sets an eclectic experience on the dance floor. Combining hard-hitting afro bangers and hypnotizing sing-along and tribal sounds, he is always delivering a perfect blend of both mainstream and underground tunes.» (Apkpure)
Mamba Productions | March 2019

Moonchild Sanelly
Psychedelic, kaleidoscopoic, innovative, this video in a genre she calls «Future ghetto punk» was written and is performed by Sanelisiwe Twisha, the South African musician and dancer known as Moonchild Sanelli. She was born in Port Elisaeth on the Eastern Cape and is South Africa’s «Queen of Gqom», a genre of electronic dance music that emerged in the early 2010s from Durban typified by minimal, raw and repetitive sound with heavy bass beats but without the regular rhythm pattern. (Wikipedia) She is a superstar with a flow so unique it’s earned her recent collaborations with Beyoncé, Die Antwoord, Gorillaz, Diplo and Wizkid. Moonchild Sanelly is excited to have the global spotlight on her and take her electrifying music and unique style to an International audience.
Trangressive Records | October 2020

I am Gqom
Griffit Vigo
From Durban, Griffit Vigo is a real innovator of the Gqom sound. Starting out in 2004 his journey as a musician has produced releases such as the timeless ‘DJ’ EP and global anthem ‘Ree’s Vibe’ on the label GQOM. He is credited with introducing the ‘sweep’ sound to the genre, which he describes as sounding like «the sound of a broom.» «This mix is a fantastic selection of songs, that best describe my process when DJing,» Vigo says. «Taking the listener on a musical journey from the intro, the body of the mix until it finally reaches its climax at my Gqom anthem ‘Ree’s Vibe’!»
«When I was in Durban the first time I noticed that Griffit Vigo was a kind of legendary figure, he’d been inspiring all the Gqom Durban artists for a long time. Nobody knew where he was, but everybody was playing him…» (Nan Kolè)
Gqomq12 | October 2020

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Lucius Werthmüller † 22.5.1958 – 9.4.2021

We are deeply saddened to inform you that Luci Werthmüller, our friend and companion, quite unexpectedly passed away on April 9.

It is hard for us to believe. We were still in email contact during his last days: he was cordial as always, committed, authentic, straightforward. We mourn with his family and friends.

As the President of our Foundation, a task he fulfilled prudently and competently after Dieter Hagenbach’s demise almost five years ago, Luci leaves a deep vacuum in our lives.

For close to thirty years, we came to know and appreciate him as a true friend, a visionary and a loyal companion in numerous projects. It was an unbelievable opportunity to work with someone as friendly, benevolent, helpful and unselfish, and we will sorely miss his mischievous humor, his profound expertise and – last but not least – his palpable connection with the spiritual world.

As President of the Board of our Foundation, Lucius Werthmüller invested a lot of love and energy in Gaia Media projects. The gaiamedia goodnews is published monthly. In cooperation with the Swiss Medical Society for Psycholytic Therapy (SÄPT), the psychedelics consultancy, close to his heart, has been very popular ever since September 2019 and has experienced an unexpected upgrade and pertinence with the intensified scientific research into the therapeutic potential of mind-expanding substances in recent years.

With the opening of the gaialounge and the ethnobotanika store, in September 2020, Luci laid the foundation for our mission – to create a place where people can meet and share ideas in the fields of consciousness, ecology, spirituality and the exploration of consciousness-expanding substances. Luci was highly motivated to contribute to a new understanding of nature within our cultural niche. His commitment also finds expression in our gaia media library and in the workshops, lectures and cultural events to take place there.

With gaialounge, one of Luci’s core interests finds its fulfillment, and we are honored to carry the torch of this involvement out into the world.

Thank you for your love of the cause, your commitment, your persistence, your patience.

We will miss you infinitely.

For the Board:
Dr. Pierre Joset
Kerim Seiler

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Be Not Content. A Subterranean Journal

William J. Craddock
It’s not hyperbole to say William J. Craddock’s Be Not Content is the historical and literary successor to Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Both writers gave first-hand accounts of extraordinary eras in America’s cultural history. Just as Kerouac did in capturing the 1950s Beat Generation, Craddock’s fictionalized memoir provides the most authentic narrative of the psychedelic revolution of the 1960s. Craddock was working for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1970, when he decided to record his experiences on the behest of friends and admirers: «I wanted to describe in detail the hopeful hopelessness, the paralyzing simplicity, the intricate and dazzling complexity and the agony of final-truth-pain that was part of the religiously devoted acid-head’s day-to-day existence.» This 50th anniversary edition includes additional writings and photos. A hippie bombshell!
Transreal Books | December 2020

Drug Use for Grown-UPS Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear

Dr. Carl L. Hart
Dr. Carl L. Hart, Ziff Professor at Columbia University and former chair of the Department of Psychology, is one of the world’s preeminent experts on the effects of so-called recreational drugs on the human mind and body. Dr. Hart is open about the fact that he uses drugs himself, in a happy balance with the rest of his full and productive life as a colleague, husband, father, and friend. In Drug Use for Grown-Ups, he draws on decades of research and his own personal experience to argue definitively that the criminalization and demonization of drug use – not drugs themselves – have been a tremendous scourge on America, not least in reinforcing this country’s enduring structural racism. Drug Use for Grown-Ups is controversial, to be sure: the propaganda war, Dr. Hart argues, has been tremendously effective.
Penguin Books | January 2021

How to disappear. Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency

Akiko Busch
Today, we are relentlessly encouraged, even conditioned, to reveal, share, and promote ourselves. The pressure to be public comes not just from our peers, but from vast and pervasive technology companies that want to profit from patterns in our behavior. A lifelong student and observer of the natural world, Busch sets out to explore her own uneasiness with this arrangement, and what she senses is a widespread desire for a less scrutinized way of life—for invisibility. Writing about her own life, her family, and some of the world’s most exotic and remote places, she savors the pleasures of being unseen. Discovering and dramatizing a wonderful range of ways of disappearing, from virtual reality goggles that trick the wearer into believing her body has disappeared.
Penguin Books | February 2021

Visionary Path Tarot. A 78-Card Deck

Rae Lee
Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly creative Chinese American entrepreneur who sees something intriguing in Tiller beyond his bored exterior and takes him under his wing. When Pong brings him along on a boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is catapulted from ordinary young man to talented protégé, and pulled into a series of ever more extreme and eye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, and of himself. Rich with commentary on Western attitudes, Eastern stereotypes, capitalism, global trade, mental health, parenthood, mentorship, and more, My Year Abroad, Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is also an exploration of the surprising effects of cultural immersion—on a young American in Asia, on a Chinese man in America, and on an unlikely couple hiding out in the suburbs.
Penguin Books | February 2021

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

Ibram  X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain (Editors)
Four Hundred Souls is a one-volume “community” history of African Americans. The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled ninety brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects. While themes of resistance and struggle, of hope and reinvention, course through the book, this collection of diverse pieces from ninety different minds, reflecting ninety different perspectives, fundamentally deconstructs the idea that Africans in America are a monolith.
Random House N.Y. | February 2021

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psychoactive | New York Times | 1 January 2021
The purge with the surge… in self-confidence

Kindred feeling
psychoactive | Reset Me | 5 January 2021
Psychedelics and nature connection

science | Inverse | 2 January 2020
Self-control helps determine physical aging

Spider web
Science | The Guardian | 4 January 2021
Gun spouts protective new skin for burn victims

science | The Conversation | 5 January 2021
Eight ways to quit smoking this year

culture | Smithsonian Magazine | January/February 2021
The invention of the alphabet

New York
psychoactive | Rolling Stone | 6 January 2020
Andrew Cuomo proposes to legalize cannabis

culture | Smithsonian Magazine | 6 January 2021
Ancient temple of Aphrodite discovered in Turkey

Virtual tripping
psychoactive | Future | 6 January 2020
DMT-like states elicited in neural networks

Dog tales
science | Inverse | 7 January 2021
How wolves became man’s best friend

Sentient beings
nature  | The Guardian | 8 January 2021
French bean plants show signs of intent

psychoactive | Reset | 10 January 2021
On the evolution of ayahuasca

culture | Futurism | 11 January 2021
CIA shares UFO documents online

culture | Smithsonian | 12 January 2021
Paris’ Champs-Elysées go green(er)

Free weed
psychoactive | Futurism | 12 January 2021
DC Marijuana Justice plans to distribute vaccine goody bags

culture | BoingBoing | 13 January 2021
Goths live longer thanks to their community

culture | Atlas Obscura | 14 January 2021
Maori ancestral heads returned

eco | pv-magazine | 15 January 2021
First transparent photovoltaic greenhouse built in Australia

Not about money
eco | Reasons to be cheerful | 18 January 2021
New Zealand increases recycling rates by rewarding people

New Zealand III
psychoactive | The Guardian | 20 January 2021
No more hunting for cannabis fields from the air

eco | Futurism | 22 January 2021
First hydrogen battery for households

Default network
psychoactive | Reset Me | 22 January 2021
How psychedelics open the Doors of Perception

culture | The Conversation | 23 January 2021
This history of cheese and witchcraft

psychoactive | Inverse | 26 January 2021
Can LSD help people make friends?

psychoactive | CTV News | 26 January 2021
Psychedelic drugs help treat PTSD caused by racism


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