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SHAOLIN JAZZ A/V

Introducing our latest multimedia engagement: SHAOLIN JAZZ A/V (AUDIOVISUAL) – an audio/video journey through the worlds of hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts.  DJ 2-Tone combines the art of DJing with video-mixing in an innovative multimedia experience that explores the music that has inspired the SHAOLIN JAZZ catalog in sync with moving visuals, select music videos, and clips from iconic martial arts films and vintage flicks.  For booking/inquiries: info@shaolinjazz.com and for visuals click Read the rest of this entry

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BizBash NYC 2017 – Recap

It was a lot of work from start to finish (we drove up to NYC immediately following CAN I KICK IT? Tues. night), but I must say that our first BizBash trade show (on Wed.) yielded success for us in a variety of ways.  If you’re unfamiliar with BizBash they’re one of America’s top sources for news, ideas and resources for event and meeting professionals, via their websites, web tools, and exhibitions.

BizBash NYC, which took place at the Jacob Javitz Center, gave us an opportunity to meet and network with a range of event specialists from brands and institutions such as Westin Hotels, NYU, and Viacom, where we, for six hours straight, got a chance to speak to them about our SHAOLIN JAZZ multimedia engagements.

We, for the most part, have conducted the majority of our engagements at colleges and universities and us exhibiting at BizBash is our first big push at developing business in the corporate space.

Despite only getting three hours of sleep and dealing with the grind of NYC morning and evening commuter traffic the show was more than worth it (we’ll be back) and to check out the recap click Read the rest of this entry

Black President’s Day 2017 – Recap

Props to the homie Kat for adding to her legacy of dropping the illest Fela Kuti celebrations to date, Black President’s Day.  If you’ve never been to a Lil SoSo event (Kat’s experience and event design agency) then you’re missing out on some of the most engaging and original events and creative salons, globally, and if you’ve never been to her Black President’s Day events then re-read what I just wrote.

The crowds and energy are amazing, and add to that world renown DJs, live musicians, the highly anticipated Queens Stroll, and video montages of Fela’s performances and speeches, and you’ve got yourself a memorable time.  It sounds simple, right, but you’ve also got to have the mix of everything on top of experience or it simply won’t work.

To learn more about Kat and Lil SoSo Productions click here and to check out the full event recap click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? Teaser Video

We’re happy to announce the drop of our new teaser video for CAN I KICK IT?, which provides a great look at the science behind one of our most popular multimedia engagements.  For additional info click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE / The Ethiopia Edition / Recap

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Our most recent SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE performance at Tropicalia, where we fused our musical influences from our trip to Ethiopia, was our best SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE performance (to date) and most definitely ranks up there as one of our top SHAOLIN JAZZ events, period.  I can’t front, there were some elements of our production that we were late in cementing, but MAN did things work out!

Thanks to all of those who attended, props to Tropicalia for hosting us, salute to everyone that performed – giving the show the diversity and flavor that we were looking to create: Sound of the City, Wayna, Asheru and Rock, and Ras Nebyu and special thanks to everyone who helped to promote our show.  For more recap photos click Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE – The Ethiopian Edition / Sound of the City

bbking25Meet Sound of the City – a highly notable DC area band, who will be performing throughout our live performance on Saturday.

Sound of the City Band is an all-star group, bringing together multi-talented producers, musicians, and artists. Sound of the City, lead by Biscuit Bynum (drummer) and Precious Joubert (leadbbking49 vocalist), has provided instrumental backing for many local, nation, and international artists.

S.O.T.C. has been called the primary sound behind DC’s underground music scene, along with being the most requested band on the east coast. These musicians have performed on tour with Raheem Devaughn [The Jill Scott Real Thing Tour 2008], and have performed in almost every major venue in the DC area including Constitution Hall, The Lincoln Theatre, The 9:30 Club, The Black Cat, The Birchmere, and the Merriweather Post Pavillion.

Sound of the City has played for and shared the stage with many major artists such as Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius, Chrisette Michelle, Keyshia Cole, Algebra Lessett, Joe, Raheem Devaughn, Glenn Lewis, Chuck Brown, Floetry, Biz Markie, Ledisi, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, Wu Tang, and many more….

To learn more about Sound of the City click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in The Washington Post

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2-Tone and I made the Washington Post regarding our trip to Ethiopia and our accompanying show on Saturday. Shouts to Chris from the Post on the coverage and Christoph Carr on the photo.  To read the piece click here.

nomads + tribes / A Counter Culture New Year’s Eve Event

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Really looking forward to this event (produced by Risikat Okedeyi – who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on a range of her events), as I’m assisting with the creative marketing.  Its called nomads + tribes and is a counter-culture New Year’s Eve event, meaning you’ll be treated to WAY more than your typical New Year’s song-and-dance.  Check out the event details clicking here

 

DOCUMENT the Fresh / Interviews: Phil V

pic1Who or what first got you interested in photography?
I’ve always been into creating visuals.  I’ve been teaching myself photoshop since 12 years old.  At about 20 years old, my close friend purchased a digital camera.  I borrowed his camera whenever I wanted to shoot something but soon after, his mother felt I was borrowing it too much so I barley asked for it, which was a blessing in disguise.  That’s when I had to purchase my own camera, it was a Polaroid.

Early on what were some of the first things that you began to document?
I’m a people person.  Generally, healthy and organic interactions make it easier to coexist amongst others.  My subjects are made up of creative individuals, all of whom are chasing a dream to create a better reality for themselves.  Via photography, I’m simply assisting them on their journey but subconsciously building a body of work of my own.  For the entire read click Read the rest of this entry

DOCUMENT the Fresh / Interviews: Ashley Sky Walker

pic2Who or what first got you interested in photography?

 I was first introduced to the art of photography while at Howard university.  While there I was surrounded with friends also interested in the arts. After discussing our dreams and aspirations to do what we saw in the magazines, we decided to start doing our own photo shoots.  From that point on I was hooked on the idea of capturing the beautiful things around me with my camera.

For the entire read click Read the rest of this entry