On the Fifth Day of OZY ... - OZY | A Modern Media Company


To celebrate our fifth birthday, and the holidays, we’re looking back at some of the 700+ times OZY has put you ahead of the curve over the years.

By OZY Editors

OZY just turned five — so we’re taking the opportunity to wish ourselves a happy birthday and you a happy holiday season. To celebrate this milestone, we’re taking you through the 12 Days of OZY (with the corresponding number of stories for each day in the run-up to Christmas), telling you why we’re here and sharing examples of the 700+ times we have delivered on our promise to bring you ahead-of-the-curve, provocative and thoughtful news coverage.

OZY co-founders Carlos Watson and Samir Rao — lovers of great storytelling — looked out into the media landscape six years ago and found a stark lack of originality. Legacy outlets were offering similar headlines and failing to thrill curious readers in a way that would excite them about the world around them.

So OZY set off to do just that — and, to this day, feeds the minds of curious readers by offering them new takes on the exciting and surprising world around them, near and far. For your chance to win an OZY birthday gift — everything from hoodies and water bottles to tickets to next summer’s OZY Fest in NYC — please tell us how we’re doing by taking this survey (in the line asking for your email, mention “birthday” for a chance to win OZY prizes). And come back for Day 6.

No. 5: OZY’s Fresh Looks at Provocative Artists Around the World 

OZY spotlights artists around the globe, bringing you the faces and artworks that we believe are ahead of their time … and worthy of yours. Wanted posters have been all the rage in the postrevolutionary Cuban art scene, and we told you all about Idania del Río’s silk-screened movie posters and other works that are turning heads.

We were also the first to introduce you to hip-hop artist Rapsody and the fact that she was rapping for Kendrick Lamar and inking a deal with Jay-Z. Marlanna Evans, aka Rapsody, is developing a reputation for wicked wordplay and singular storytelling and was nominated for not one, but two 2018 Grammy Awards. 

From Africa, meanwhile, we shined a light on the continent’s first superstar DJ, Nkosinathi Maphumulo, aka Black Coffee. His energetic performances are infused with sounds from his native South Africa. He eschewed poverty and paralysis to emerge a pioneer of Afropolitan sound.

Graphic novel fans should know about the work of Gene Luen Yang. The 43-year-old graphic novelist and MacArthur Genius mixes entertainment with education — specifically coding. Teaching coding through a graphic novel may sound like a stretch. But it makes sense for this self-described “run-of-the-mill nerd” who was raised by two techie parents and grew up fascinated by computers while living in Silicon Valley. 

Classical Carnatic music, meanwhile, is more than eight centuries old. So who better to bring us that sound than boyish-faced twentysomething violinist Ambi Subramaniam. Heralded as the face of the next generation of Indian classical music, he is a recipient of the prestigious Ritz Icon of the Year Award, a Rotary Youth Award and two Global Indian Music Academy Awards and the son of famous violinist L. Subramaniam. Ambi is trying to reincarnate this ancient musical form for the 21st century.  

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Why You Should Care: Because art makes the world go ’round.

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