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COLOR of SOUND / 3.27 / University of Maryland, Baltimore


This will be a good look – salute to the USGA and the United Students of African Decent Club (USAD) of the University of Maryland, Baltimore who have asked us to conduct our COLOR of SOUND art exhibition as apart of their arts and culture programming.  If you’re new to COLOR of SOUND the exhibition features art both inspired by SHAOLIN JAZZ and hip-hiop, jazz, and martial arts.  To see a video of a past exhibition click here.

The exhibition will take place Friday March 27th, 6pm-8pm, at SMC 621 W. Lombard St 2nd FL / Elm Room, music by DJ 2-Tone Jones, and complimentary Hor d’Oeurves, $4 donation with 100% of the proceeds going to the United Students of African Descent Club (USAD).

If you’re in the area or know someone that is, the event is open to the public and if you’re interested in exhibiting work check the link for the call-for-artists here.


COLOR of SOUND / The Bishop Gallery / Recap


20141024_172215Thanks to the art enthusiasts that attended COLOR of SOUND in NYC last Fri, The Bishop Gallery and its staff for hosting and providing additional support, Lex (Madison Davenport PR), Cherisse Rivera, Heineken, and props to all of the artists who participated – thoroughly diversifying the show through their unique range of works.  Despite traffic delays, which had us arrive in NYC hours after our intended time, we were able to hit the gallery in just enough to time finish installing the final pieces and special shout to Ernest (The Bishop Gallery) for accommodating our lateness and helping to hang.  On another note, I’ve got to pat myself on the back for hanging Aniekan’s works and props to 2-Tone for hanging the album cover installation.  For more recap photos click Read the rest of this entry

COLOR of SOUND / The Bishop Gallery / 10.24

Color of Sound_bishop 4The reception for our next COLOR of SOUND Art Exhibition (featuring works inspired by jazz, hip-hop, martial arts, and SHAOLIN JAZZ) will be Friday October 24th at The Bishop in Brooklyn.  Featured artists include Ola Kudu, KEEBS, Chris Carr, Aniekan Udofia, Tewodross Melchishua, and Brody Rose.  To RSVP click here.

COLOR of SOUND for the Hip-Hop Think Tank – Recap


pic18This edition of COLOR of SOUND was ILL.  To put it short, 2-Tone and I were building with a variety of the nation’s top educators, artists, and scholars all of whom have developed various methodologies and practices utilizing hip-hop as an educational tool.  Essentially lots of networking went down with many opportunities on the horizon.  Shouts to Martha Diaz and Autumn Robinson (Hip-Hop Think Tank), the staff of the Schomburg Center, Makeba Van Laurent Van Noten (Ghostface, Raekwon, and Thelonius Monk (not shown) art), Brandon (Epiphany), Chris Carr for shooting (Eat The Cake NYC), and Alexis (Madison Davenport PR).

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COLOR of SOUND for The Hip-Hop Think Tank

hhedu_flyerOur next COLOR of SOUND exhibition will be a different kind of dope, as the venue will be the famed Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and this edition will serve as the reception for the third year of the Hip-Hop Think Tank (a two day symposium where educators, artists, and scholars discuss various programs, projects, and techniques that utilize hip-hop as a means to educate.  For additional info click here.


video by Rafael Fuchs

Our latest edition of COLOR of SOUND, which was brought to you by the good people of BROOKLYN WILDLIFE, was CRAZY from start to finish.  For starters, after the lecture 2-Tone and I gave at the Miami Ad School (Brooklyn campus), we get back to the gallery to find a hip-hop icon – Fab 5 Freddy checking out the show.  Chris (BKWLDLFE) told me he gets prints made at a shop that’s located in the same building as Fuchs Projects (the gallery that hosted the event), BUT the fact that he chilled and liked what he saw, set the tone.

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2-Tone and I will be starting off the year right.  Our first talk will take place at the Miami Ad School (Brooklyn – DUMBO campus) Monday January 14, where, instead of us talking about the cultural parallels between jazz culture and hip-hop culture we’ve been invited to be apart of their “Industry Hero” Series where we’ll be discussing our creative inspirations behind and creative marketing for SHAOLIN JAZZ, specifically creative content development, creative cultural engagement development, and creative branding development.

After our talk we’ll be conducting our latest installment of COLOR of SOUND which will be presented by the homie Chris Carr (Eat the Cake Photography) and his BROOKLYN WILDLIFE team.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ – COLOR of SOUND at University of Wyoming and more…

DJ 2-Tone Jones and I are pleased to announce that the next series of our SHAOLIN JAZZ – College Lectures is on the horizon starting with Berea College (Berea, KY) – Thursday October 25th.

About two weeks later (November 7-8) our next college talk will take place at University of Wyoming, where we’ll be conducting a two day series of programming, which will include various speaking engagements, live performances, and more.  In addition to these events we’ll also be presenting the second edition of our COLOR of SOUND art exhibition and we’re reaching out to the art and graphic design students of University of Wyoming to see if they’d be interested exhibiting work.

If you or someone that you know is a current University of Wyoming student and you think that they might be interested in participating in COLOR of SOUND click Read the rest of this entry


COLOR of SOUND couldn’t have gone better.  The scene: dope weather, top tier gallery, solid art lineup, wall-to-wall beautiful people, amazing video mixing by Tewodross, no shortage of well-mixed drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and of course sounds by 2-Tone and the recipe is complete.

2-Tone and I would like to thank Maori and her team (Karmalux) for the interest and opportunity to kick-off The BlackStar Film Festival – if you’re doing anything in Philly give them a shout;  Tarana and Tim (Art Sanctuary) for hosting and the installation, Alexis (Madison Davenport), Cherisse (Fusicology), Rahsaan (Afrotaino Productions) and Stephanie (The Liberator Magazine) – promotional support, Chris Carr (Eat the Cake NYC) for shooting, Rob (vitaminwater) and Yaya (Red Bull) for beverages, and Chairman’s Reserve Rum.

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COLOR of SOUND – ePosters

Art by Aniekan Udofia

Videos by Tewodross Melchishua

The ePosters to promote our SHAOLIN JAZZ events have been well received and in-turn have been a staple of our marketing for them.  To see the range of ePosters for COLOR of SOUND click Read the rest of this entry