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!
My favorite place is Sankofa Video and Books Café. We are having a special event on Friday October 2nd from 8pm to 11pm called “Say It Loud!”. Here’s what you do: Go buy the special 2 for $15 tickets at http://sankofasayitloud.eventbrite.com (special price until September 21st). Come early, check out the drinks and the food (the salmon melt there is my favorite, and I drink brown liquor if you’re buying) then wipe your hands and check out the videos and books from throughout the African Diaspora, as well as the largest collection of Black Children’s Books on the East Coast. Then, we will have a community songwriting workshop based on the conversation we have on our facebook event page here https://www.facebook.com/events/932350146830240/ and write a song about it as a group! This is followed immediately by poetry by yours truly, and then my a live performance from my afro-funk-rock-gogo-hiphop band Immaletchufinish! Tell a friend, mark the date on your calendar, and buy your tickets today!
Your weekly breakdown of the live entertainment spots in DC this week.
I’m really having fun highlighting the great events that happen in Washington DC! Make sure to check back to this blog anytime during the week when you get that itch to get out and have some live fun! This weeks featured artist is the beautiful and talented Tamika Love Jones. At least 3 times in the last wo months, friends of mine have excitedly try to introduce me to this lovely ladies music, after being blown away by her live performance. I just tell them really politely… “I already know!”
Tamika, at 11, was discovered when a classmate heard her singing and stated she could no longer keep her voice hidden, from then on, Ms. Jones began singing everywhere. Tamika soon caught the attention of Grammy nominated producer Chucky Thompson. The DC native worked with home bred Tamika for several years mentoring her on songwriting, recording and the music business. As Tamika began searching for her own sound and place in the industry, she found that she was most at home with Jazz & Gospel but her love affair with hip hop is what she found connected her to her peers. Her new project shares her life, love, and passions in the only way she sees fit, through heart wrenching lyrics delivered in the most enchanting of melodic tones.