In the spirit of the upcoming Kung Fu Wildstyle art exhibition (at the Freer Sackler Gallery), by Fab 5 Freddy and MC Yan, we’re pleased to announce that SHAOLIN JAZZ has been asked to conduct a special edition of CAN I KICK IT?, where we’ll be screening the 1970’s classic 5 Fingers of Death. The kickoff event will take place at Hyphen DC on Saturday April 1st from 8 pm – 12 am (screening starts at 9:30 pm). For more info/RSVP click here.
Our two days of programming at West Virginia State University (an HBCU and our first college/university engagement of 2017) turned out to be one of our best experiences at a college or university, to date. The town has crazy hidden cultural gems and the school has this chill familial vibe.
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The opening reception of our CHAMBERS exhibition was nothing short of dope. Major ‘thank you’ to our partners Art Whino/Blind Whino for bringing together a more than solid stable of participating artists. Hats off to all of the talented artists whose works showed their range of talent and abilities across an array of mediums. You’d be hard pressed to find just one favorite.
Shouts to the Diamond Cutterz DJ crew for spinning what felt like the right Wu-Tang track where the last one left off, which thoroughly complemented the visuals. Thanks to all of the art lovers who attended. Whether you were an art aficionado or Wu-Tang fan, like-minds were in the building to celebrate and elevate culture. No worries if you missed the opening reception, as the exhibition will be up (call to make an appointment) and we’ll be holding a closing reception on Thursday October 27th, which, mark my words, will surely pick up where the opening reception left off.
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The release party for our NINJA VUITTON T-shirt was nothing short of sincere interest and good vibes with our T-shirts moving from the drop! Props to everyone who attended, thanks to Greg and the staff at Palace 5ive for hosting, and big salute to everyone who helped spread the word. To purchase our NINJA VUITTON T-shirt visit Palace 5ive and to view more recap pics click Read the rest of this entry
SHAOLIN JAZZ A / V is hands down our most experimental engagement to date. Props to everyone that attended our first installment, salute to the Anacostia Arts Center for bringing us out, and shouts to all of those who helped spread the word. And with all of the positive feedback that we received, 2-Tone and I are certainly looking forward to conducting more of these. To view more recap pics click Read the rest of this entry
Our SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia programming 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.
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.
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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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