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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / The PANEL DISCUSSION / Recap

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Our SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia programming has finally come to a close. Props to everyone who attended our panel discussion on Sunday and salute to all of the panelists, Wayna and Tewodross and our moderator Keanna for participating. It was a highly enriching experience and I personally learned a great deal. Continue to visit www.shaolinjazz.com and www.culturesciencestudio.com to learn more about our domestic and international travels as well as learn more about our upcoming events and projects.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Panelist: Asheru

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Meet Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, M.Ed. one of the panelists on our discussion this Sunday.  Asheru is a veteran Hip Hop artist, educator, and youth activist. He is widely known for performing the opening theme for the popular TV series, The Boondocks, and other musical contributions to the show, for which he received the prestigious Peabody Award – becoming the first hip hop artist to receive the prestigious award. Alongside his career as a Hip Hop artist, Asheru has served as a teacher/administrator in DC Schools for over 15 years, and is well known for his pioneering and innovative efforts to forward the Hip Hop Education movement, namely through his organizations, Guerilla Arts Ink, and the Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.).  To learn more about Asheru click here and here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Panelist: Tewodross Melchishua

TEO_ColorMeet Tewodross “Teo” Melchishua (pronounced Tee-oh-droze Mell-keshu-ah) one of the panelists on our discussion this Sunday.  Teo serves as an associate professor and program coordinator of visual communication and digital media arts program (VCDMA) and teaches courses in animation, motion graphics, cinematography, new media, hip-hop studies and contemporary (underground) art/design. Teo also works this through his film and digital media studio collective Visual Jazz, located in the Art Lives Here Business Incubator, in Mount Rainier, just in the Gateway Arts district of Prince George’s County.

Teo is a filmmaker, animator, visual artist, VJ, projection designer, educator and curator from Prince George’s County, Maryland, who received his BA in Art/Photographic Media from Morgan State University, and an MFA in Imaging & Digital Arts from UMBC.

His visual art, animation and films have been shown to audiences nationally and internationally.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Panelist: Keanna Faircloth

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Meet Keanna Faircloth, a true Jazz-head and highly accomplished pianist (having toured the country and studied with giants such as Charles Covington and Grady Tate), to, since 2005, hosting a range of Jazz shows on the world renowned radio station WPFW 89.3 FM – the only radio station in DC dedicated to the preservation of Jazz and committed to community awareness and social justice.  Keanna also, under the name DJ Charlie Fontaine (and her company JazzyGirlRockin Entertainment), spins at a range of events bringing a special mix of Jazz and Soul.  Keanna will be the moderator of our discussion on July 17th, 5-7pm at Busboys and Poets’ K Street #location.  To learn more about Keanna and to listen to one of her editions of Evening Jazz or to learn where she’ll be spinning next click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Panelist: Wayna

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Meet Wayna, an Ethiopian born Grammy nominated signer songwriter who’s worked with legends such as Stevie Wonder.  Wayna will be one of the panelists on our discussion on July 17th, 5-7pm at Busboys and Poets’ K Street #location.  To learn more about Wayna and to listen to her music click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia – The PANEL DISCUSSION / 7.17.16

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Our SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia programming is coming to a close and we’re capping everything off with a panel discussion with the topic of discussion being the parallels between Ethio-Jazz and U.S. Jazz and Ethiopian Hip-Hop and U.S. Hip-Hop.  The discussion, featuring notable artists, DJs and educators such as Wayna, Keanna Faircloth, and Tewodross Melchishua, will be open to the public, will take place from 5-7 PM on Sunday July 17th at the Busboys and Poets on K St.  For more info and to RSVP click here.

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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