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Khalid Hanifi
Khalid Hanifi is an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based singer/songwriter/producer.

Entries by Khalid Hanifi

What I Did This Summer, or How I Ended Up on Mr. B's Joybox Express With Jeff Daniels

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:48 PM


It started when my friend Mark Braun, better known as the blues and boogie-woogie piano phenomenon Mr. B, asked me to go for a bike ride with him, or rather with him and his custom built piano-bike contraption, the Joybox Express....

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Who's Got the Power? We Do?

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 2:44 PM

One summer afternoon in the late '70s, I recall visiting a friend who had just received Pong as a gift. The excitement we shared that afternoon was profound, unprecedented and extremely brief. Watching the square of light move back and forth across his family's television screen as we virtually volleyed...

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"Black Sight"

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 12:43 PM

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On February 2, 2010, Nasser Awlaki, the late Anwar Al-Awlaki's father, wrote an impassioned letter to Barak Obama, pleading with him to reconsider the order to kill or capture his son. In the letter,...

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Rock and Roll Frankenstein -- or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pop Song

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 12:18 PM


One of the best gifts I ever received as a child was a round Panasonic Panapet transistor radio, which came in bold, danish-style primary colors. Mine was a portal to a world beyond my own,...

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Fear, Security, Escape, and the Pursuit of Empire

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 12:02 PM

When Adam Smith wrote "the prosperity, ...the splendour, and ... the duration of the empire," in 1754 (the source of my song title, "The Splendor of Empire"), the British Empire he referred to had yet to engage in, among other things, the first of its two Opium Wars...

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Afghan and American: A Father and Son Bridge a Cultural Divide

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2013 | 4:13 PM

My father came to the midwestern United States in 1956 for an education. Born and raised in the environs of Kabul, he certainly was in for an education, but perhaps not entirely the one he envisioned. I was the second child born to him and my mother, a third generation...

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