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!
I apologize in advance for the poor sound quality. This was a great interview with Mazi, head of one of the foremost art and education non-profits in Washington D.C., Words Beats & Life. Listen as we discuss the genesis of his organization, and his educational experience as the “detention kid” in middle school, to his passion for speaking to the kid at the back of the room when he is in front of a school assembly. Learn more about the incredible work WBL is doing around the globe.
First of many blogs on the Young Audiences for Learning Maryland site. A little insight into my classroom…
By Bomani, Young Audiences teaching artist and Hip Hop poet
Before my recent residency with fourth-graders at Scholars K-8 in Baltimore County began, the teachers I worked with–Mrs. Brumbalow, Ms. Barnes, and Ms. Hicks–had prepared the students for my arrival. When I walked through the door on the first day, the students recognized me and treated me like a rock star, so I knew I had to make a meaningful impact.
At the beginning of a residency, there are three writing rules I give students:
- Artists don’t make mistakes, they make discoveries.
- Do not edit in your head.
- The only wrong answer is a blank answer.
Students are oftentimes drilled to memorize answers in order to score highly on assignments. Sometimes they become paralyzed with fear when asked their opinion, so I try to loosen them up to think creatively. Young people need to have freedom to develop an idea out loud without self-doubt and to not fear right…
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Join us as we launch our new show “the Indie” with Byron Hurt, writer and director of the winning film “Soul Food Junkies” that will air on PBS the same night. Byron Hurt explores the health advantages and disadvantages of Soul Food, a quintessential American cuisine. Soul food will also be used as the lens to investigate the dark side of the food industry and the growing food justice movement that has been born in its wake. We will talk to him live on the phone, then follow up with a discussion with in studio guests who are having their own transformative experiences involving food and health. Looking forward to this show! http://www.bhurt.com/soulfoodjunkies.php
Your weekly breakdown of the live entertainment spots in DC this week.
I usually stay comfortable within the confines of the city on this weekly blog, but I gotta make sure that all my art a& culture lovers know about Artomatic! Make sure you check out artomatic.org and go check out the 11 floors of visual art, as well as the 4 performing stages. I’m performing with Immaletchufinish on the Heineken Music Stage on the 11th Floor on Friday, June 22nd 10:30pm. It’s absolutely free! , I wanted to give a shout out to one of my favorite hip-hop and poetry groups… The PoemCees!
don’t remember when and where was the first time I caught the Natural Law, Black Piccasso live. Might have been at Bar-Nun, or State of the Union. No matter where it was, it was in the 90’s and I’ve been a fan ever since. Take your favorite elements from De La Soul and Saul Williams and blend it together on U Street and you have the PoemCees. As this clip of their performance for Def Poetry Jam proves, they are amazing live, bringing that great hip-hop energy with or without the music. Late last year they released their latest album, Everything You’ve Always Wanted, and are on stage this Thursday at The Upper Room at Red Lounge. Check them out!