In this episode Kwasi brings back Dutty Bookman to discuss the movement he has helped dub as the Reggae Revival after a panel at SXSW 2027. He also speaks to Koro Fyah of the Bevel Rock camp about his ABC’s at SXSW as well. Bomani interviews the founder of the Uganda’s Bavubuka Foundation, Babaluku, and their chief archivist Gilbert Daniels about Hip-Hop in Uganda and the Lugaflow movement. Bomani and Kwasi also discuss spirituality in independent music, and how the community discusses things like sin. A must listen!
Time for my weekly updates on the best places for poetry. Stay tuned, I’ll add other genre’s of music and entertainment very soon. This has been a great week! After a good show at Everlasting Life with Immaletchufinish and Karega Bailey, we are getting ready to have a busy spring and summer with more gigs than ever! So here’s the rundown for the week…
Busboys and Poets Open Mic
A BBnP open mic happens almost every day of the week at four location throughout the DC Metro area! For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear. This week I’m hosting at the 14th & V location where my featured artist will be Kenneth Carroll. You can also catch my sister 2Deep hosting at the 5th & K location on Wednesday, and Love the Poet hosting at the Hyattsville locaation on Thursday. Click the Busboys & Poets logo to the left for more info.— $4/person. Wristbands for Tuesday night open mic at 14th & V are sold all day in the Bookstore beginning at 10 AM and online until sold out. Limit of 4 wristbands per person.
This weeks feature, Kenneth Carroll
Kenneth Carroll’s poetry, short stories, essays, and plays have appeared in numerous publications earning him a Pushcart Prize nomination. He’s published in Literary magazines and anthologies: In Search of Color everywhere, Bum Rush The Page, Potomac Review, Worcester Review, the Washington Post, Indiana Review among others. Kenneth’s first collection of poems is entitled So What! He’s performed at the Kennedy Center, Nuyorican Cafe, Beyond Baroque, and the Library of Congress. As Director of DC WritersCorps, he’s been cited for community service numerous times, and was recognized by The Clinton White House for his achievements.
Bloombars Monday Nights
Join us for the weekly open mic that features poetry, music, comedy, and storytelling in an all-ages, community-oriented art space. Sign-up list opens at 8:30 pm and the first performer goes on at 9:00 pm! $7 donation
Guest co-host: JABARI EXUM
Jabari Exum is a member of the Hip-Hop duo Hueman Prophets and is also a member of Farafina Kan (West African Percussion Orchestra). He is a percussionist, emcee, poet, actor, director, and entrepreneur, who was born and raised in Washington, DC.
Eric “E-Baby” Smith began writing and reciting poetry in July 2000, with 95.5 WPGC’s Thursday Night Love Talk & Poetry Café. Since then, he’s opened for R&B artists Musiq Soul Child, Me’shell N’degeOcello, Heather Headley, and Lyfe Jennings to name a few. In 2011, he was nominated for the Male Spokenword Performance Artist of the Year by the National Underground Spokenword & Poetry Association, and he’s currently touring the country with his 2 CDs: “My Thoughts Are In This Ink” & “Inktoxicated. Also, as an employee of the Library of Congress, he preaches the importance of Copyright and gives
out information on how to properly register your written work into the U.S. Copyright Office. http://www.ebabypoems.com/
“Wednesday Verses” at Bohemian Caverns.
This week at Wendesday Verses: The Open Mic, Lorna and the gang are featuring 13 of Nazareth! 13 of Nazareth is a performance poet from Virginia living with epilepsy, a dry sense of humor, and peace of mind over everything. He has been engaging audiences for over a decade with creative works geared toward the personal and collective healing process. The golden thread throughout his hip-hop infused poetry is the discovery and recognition of multi-layered connections where there is the appearance of none. 13 of Nazareth’s work is underscored with spiritual references from various eastern and western religious traditions and ranges from the use of abstract imagery in the conveyance of universal concepts to the concrete, sometimes painful and horrific, aspects of our history as well as our now.
“Will Work For Food” at Sweet & Natural
This Wednesday, March 14th…let’s prepare for the spring equinox and welcome…Nu Nu Bee. Nu Nu is walking light and good time attitude. Come through and witness her Spoken Word chemistry! “Live and Breathe” and “Will Work For Food”…(every Wednesday) at Sweet and Natural. 4009 34th St Mt Rainier, MD. Show at: 8:30p. Hosted by Ra Brown. Video-taping provided by DG of 4.0. Media. All…for YOU!
See you soon.
Thursday #SpitDatDC at the ECAC Building
is a weekly open mic held every Thursday @ 9pm at the ECAC (733 Euclid Street, NW, 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20001). The cover is only $1 (ONLY $1!?). Yep, that’s right. Only a dollar. This week it’s Drew “Droopy the Brokeballer” Anderson’s birthday roast, so expect an extra crazy time!