A Drop of Midnight: A Memoir

A Drop of Midnight: A Memoir

World-renowned hip-hop artist Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité’s vivid and intimate journey through his own and his family’s history—from South Carolina slavery to twenty-first-century Sweden.

Born to interracial American parents in Sweden, Jason Diakité grew up between worlds—part Swedish, American, black, white, Cherokee, Slovak, and German, riding a delicate cultural and racial divide. It was a no-man’s-land that left him in constant search of self. Even after his hip-hop career took off, Jason fought to unify a complex system of family roots that branched across continents, ethnicities, classes, colors, and eras to find a sense of belonging.

In A Drop of Midnight, Jason draws on conversations with his parents, personal experiences, long-lost letters, and pilgrimages to South Carolina and New York to paint a vivid picture of race, discrimination, family, and ambition. His ancestors’ origins as slaves in the antebellum South, his parents’ struggles as an interracial couple, and his own world-expanding connection to hip-hop helped him fashion a strong black identity in Sweden.

What unfolds in Jason’s remarkable voyage of discovery is a complex and unflinching look at not only his own history but also that of generations affected by the trauma of the African diaspora, then and now.

Title:A Drop of Midnight: A Memoir
ISBN:9781542017077
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  • Hope

    Powerful, visceral, engaging.This was one of those universes aligning things...when an old white woman stumbles across a book by a young Black Swedish rapper, and even more improbably, is intrigued an...

  • ??Beth??

    Never spoilersThe entire book meanders with vignettes of stories about Diakités family history. He really does not hit his writing flow until about a third of the way into the book. There is also som...

  • Brian Andrews

    Fascinating book that tells stories from Diakite's own life, his parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Drives home the point that racism and slavery have an on-going effect. Made me think abou...

  • Jack Robertson

    This was a completely random purchase. I never knew I had an interest in memoir, racial identity, Sweden or hip hop. Having said that, Jason Diakité may be Sweden's pre-eminent hip-hop artist, but it...

  • Nick Carey

    UnsatisfactoryI began this book hoping to learn about the mixed heritage of the author. It became a book I had to force myself to finish. The author almost completely ignored his Slovak and Cherokee h...

  • Kela Calvin

    Liberating!!!I loved this memoir!!! I usually don't read memoirs, but this piqued my interest. The loved how the author was able to trace his family lineage through travels, interviews and conversatio...

  • Devi

    In 1999 when I was living in Helsinki I discovered Timbuktu via another a Swedish rapper Petter. I was so blown away by Petters song Mikrofonkåt that was played every hour. Once he was interviewing t...

  • Annie Woods

    Jason Timbuktu Diakité is a Swedish hip-hop artist, who grew up with a mixed heritage leaving him in a no-mans land in constant search for himself. This heartfelt, vivid, raw and superbly written mem...

  • Kevin Castro Riestra

    4.5Looking to make sense of his identity as a biracial person, born to American parents, living in Sweden, Diakité sets out to investigate his family's history. His memories of growing up and living ...

  • Enchanted Prose

    Soul-searching a hip-hop artists journey to come to terms with his multiracial identity (from Sweden to American roots, 2015 2016; epilogue 2019): A stanza from Maya Angelous powerful poem, And Stil...