SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE / The Ethiopia Edition / 6.4.16

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Our SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia is far from over.  Join us on Saturday June 4th, at Tropicalia in DC, as we conduct a special edition of SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE where we fuse our influences from our trip to Addis Ababa with our live performance.   For tickets and more info click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / 5.24 / Screening “Come Drink with Me”

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We’re back this month with our latest edition of CAN I KICK IT? where we’ll be screening another heater of a cult “Come Drink with Me.”  The soundscape will of course be provided by none-other than DJ 2-Tone Jones, followed up by SongByrd’s bevy of eats and drinks from their Happy Hour menu.  To RSVP click here.

And to check out flics from last month’s CAN I KICK IT? click here.

Ethiopia in Africa / T-Shirt

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Check out our “Ethiopia in Africa” T-shirt which is part of a series of product designed by @latenightgenius commemorating our SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia programming.  Get yours at here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE at the American Center (Addis Ababa)

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Tonight we have the pleasure of performing for the opening of the Colonel John C. Robinson American Center in Addis (sponsored by the US Embassy Addis Ababa).  The center, a new multimedia space, is furnished with brand new laptops, tablets, and other technological resources, and will provide training in the technology space – from graphic design to coding.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / African Union Recap

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Busy day.  Our 2nd workshop and performance that followed, at the African Union, was, by all accounts, a success.  We started off our day by being interviewed by a Hip-Hop themed radio show called The Breakfast Show.  From there we hustled to the African Union to conduct our 2nd workshop followed up by our SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE performance.

This was probably my favorite edition of SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE since we essentially brought DC to Addis.  The performance included: Wayna Wondwossen (our guide and a DC native by way of Addis Ababa), Ra Brown (a spoken word artist and MC who happened to be in Addis for the week), and Kenny Allen (a DC native who’s made a strong name for himself in Addis’ entertainment and fashion scenes for over ten years).

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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Day 3

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Today was dope.  Got a chance to hit the African Jazz Village, which is a spot owned by the legendary Ethio-Jazz artist Mulatu Astake.  When Mulatu is in town, he’s known to drop-in and jam with the band and even though he’s out of town, we got a chance to enjoy the sounds of the house band led by Mulatu’s protege Jorga Mesfin.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / The African Union

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Tonight we’re conducting a special performance of SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE – DJ Edition at the African Union, which will include performances by Wayna Wondwossen, Kenny Allen, and Raquel Ra Brown.  We’re extremely proud to be apart of a new initiative that the African Union has developed called #TheAfricaWeWant – a program to catalyze social change and community within the member countries in the union.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Day 2

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Day 2 was a great look.  Part of our programming in Ethiopia consists of conducting workshops with and performances at the African Union (the African version of the European Union, representing every country on the continent) and today consisted of workshop one.  The focus of the workshops are to discuss the history of Hip-Hop as it relates to DJ culture and to discuss how music has been used as  a catalyst for awareness and social change.  In addition to the workshop we also got a chance to hang out with the homie K’Alyn who’s made a serious name of himself in Addis.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Day 1

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As with any travel overseas, day 1 is pretty much all travel.  That being said, the journey has been nothing short of eventful, yet moved by pretty quickly.  Fortunately we made it safely to Addis and after a major hurdle at the airport (Wayna – so happy that you’re traveling with us) we, upon check-in at the hotel, were greeted by one of our heads from DC, Ra Brown, who’s staying in the same spot, a picturesque boutique hotel called Zeist Lodge (props to Ra for suggesting the spot).

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Lion of Judah / v.1

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The Lion of Judah by the team at Late Night Genius.  They’re designing some visuals for our trip to Ethiopia.  Stay tuned for more.

 

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