Though Living Colour was Vernon Reid’s most visible vehicle, before that band and ever since the guitarist has explored realms far beyond rock music. Now he’s bringing out a multimedia installation, Artificial Afrika. Reid discussed the piece with Village Voice, noting how complex notions of race evolved into his thesis:
I’d been a big fan of Brian Eno and David Byrne’s record My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, and all this eventually turned into this idea that Africa’s not only a continent and a compendium of interlocked cultures—in reality, it’s many things—but Africa is also a country of the mind.
Read the full Q&A and check out a video preview at VV.