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!
Tariiq Omari Walton invited me to be a guest on his CTV talk show Views & Vibes a few weeks ago as they discussed the importance of arts education in the current educational environment that is constantly devaluing and de-funding arts. Other guests panelists, Ms. Patricia Cruze (the Education Director for Young Audiences), and Ms. DaKiya Lambert (the Artistic Director for Dance Dimensions) did outstanding jobs discussing this subject. Read after the break to see more about their great organizations dedicated to bringing art to young people!
Time for my weekly updates on the best places live entertainment. I have two features this week! Tonight, . March 19, 8:30pm – 11:00pm at Bloombars (3222 11th St NW Washington DC map)
The Garden Open Mic features poetry, music, comedy, storytelling and other talents that can be shared in 5 minutes or less in an all-ages arts space. Come to share, listen and meet people in our community! Sign-up list opens at 8:30 pm and the first performer goes on at 9:00 pm $7 donation Guest hosts: TAMIKA “LOVE” JONES and JABARI EXUM
I will also be featuring at “Live” @ Ben’s Next Door, the D.C. home of local and national independant artists. Next Door we provides the venue and the audience for artists to showcase themselves, their music and their talents to a new audience. And what do you get out of the deal? You get to hear an amazing playlist of music while you chill and dine daily and nightly, get to meet great independant artists, get to purchase signed copies of their CD’s, and get free, soulful and spirited live musical performances. There is NEVER A COVER CHARGE for the performances at Ben’s Next Door.
Busboys and Poets Open Mic
Check the Busboys and Poets website for all the poetry events this week, including Drew “Droopy the Brokeballer” Anderson hosting at 14th & V on Tuesday, and Jonathan Tucker hosting at the 5th in K location on Wednesday. Featuring Monica Hand
Hosted by Jonathan B. Tucker.
Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005 Busboys and Poets was created by owner Anas “Andy” Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur. After opening, the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW (Washington DC), the neighboring residents and the progressive community, embraced Busboys, especially activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in three distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a community resource for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.
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 … Continue Reading
Good monday morning to all of you! I get facebook messages and tweets at 6:30pm everyday asking what events are going on in the Washington DC, and the beltway surrounding it. (Sorry, but I can’t call it the DMV. Nobody wants to go to the DMV, it’s boring and aggravating, no matter where you go. So I’ll call it the Middle East.) I decided to get a jump on it this week and post all the places you should be in advance. This week I’m really just focusing on open mics, but as I post this every week look for all genre’s of art including music and gallery showings. This should be fun!
Sometimes artists just get lucky and tap into something artistically that is right on time socially and politically. This upcoming weekend is the last showings of Slam Theatre 2.0 – The Miseducation, a collection of sketch comedy and poetry based on the titles of songs from Lauryn Hill’s classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Produced by the New Galaxy Theater, written and directed by Malcolm Pelles and appearing at the Atlas Theater as part of the Intersections Festival, I am honored to contribute to poems to his project. When Malcolm gave me the task of writing something entitled “Forgive Them Father”, my mind raced trying to find the best way to bring that title to life. The first, and best idea, that came to me was to speak in the voice of the independent and unapologetic women that surround me. My sisters, business partners and poets who are constantly battling the outdated stereotypes about women. The women who are now under attack by Rick Santorum and the Republican Cult of Fertility. At the time I did not know that by March we would be openly debating the validity of birth control, but somehow we have found our way down the rabbit whole to 1959. Please click the flyer below to get info on how to go see the play in it’s last weekend, where you can watch the extremely talented Katie Culligan recite the poem “Forgive Them Father”. Click “more” to read the poem and please forward it to people who are tired of women being spoken for by men.
This guy right here, Mr. Jared Mason Murray, did an outstanding job last night as one of the four cast members starring in Slam Theatre 2.0 The Miseducation directed by Malcolm Pelles (with poems written by myself and the lovely Mrs. Goldie Dean). Check out his performance on the air with the good people of Ill Street Grooves on WPFW 89.3. Jared performs the poem “That Thing” written by yours truly. It’s amazing seeing and hearing a real actor bring my words to life. Thank you Malcolm, Katie Culligan, Lauren Du Pree, Thony Mena and Ron Brown for making our words jump off of the page. Make sure to click the flyer below to check out showtimes and SEE THIS PLAY! A fun witty peace of comedic candy and lyrical libation playing this weekend and next at the Atlas Theater as part of it’s Intersections festival. Click here to listen to him on the show, then after the break on this blog check out the written version of the poem and a link to the full replay of that show on WPFW!
I had a great time last night at performing with my good friends Sahel, Christylez Bacon and Evelyn Kingada-Njuko at Busboys & Poets for the Global African Diaspora Summit. This event, sponsored by the South African Embassy, was a great fusion of artistic expression from throughout the diaspora and inspirational words from the ambassador of South Africa, Ebrahim Rasool. I wrote an original poem for the event, and started off the evening by reciting it. Check it out below. I’m looking forward to the next event, and I need to start saving pennies so I can go to the diaspora summit in South Africa this Spring!
A Portrait of Africa
I asked them to paint me a story
they turn up their noses
as if the pictures
while passing a folded
scrap of cardboard
primitive cave wall etchings
stick figure men
while their children
with distended bellies
fight civil wars
armed with AK-47’s
painted life like
and full scale
i stared at this eulogy by the illiterate
on a poor man’s tombstone
as they told me
“this is a country called africa”
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This year’s MLK day at the Washington National Cathedral was attended by over 2,500 people from around the country. The excitement over the Inauguration the following day (and Time Magazine highlighting this event and your boy as the place and people to see) ballooned the normally large crowd. We were all treated to performances by Omekongo Dibinga, 2Deep, QuiQue Avilez, The African Heritage Drummers and Dancers, Daniel D., and the Urban Nation Youth Choir. Click on the photo to see the video!