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The Double Down Kings

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At this month’s Pop-Up Shop we’re pleased to announce that we’ll feature The Double Down Kings, a crew of graffiti writers, musicians and creative artists established in Hyattsville, MD in 1994.  Over the past two decades, the crew has grown from its graffiti roots and has expanded to more than 300 members, influencing many areas of urban culture and expression, including visual art, design, photography, music, dance, tattoo, publishing, martial arts, education, film and fashion.

 To learn more about them and to check out their work click here.

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Qwanqwa

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Qwanqwa is an instrumental  band from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, carrying decades of experience in the Ethiopian music scene and abroad. Qwanqwa originates from Gondar, Kombolcha, Ethiopia and Santa Cruz, California. Their music can be defined as experimental traditional Ethiopian rock “that deserves to be played in every living room, at every party and on every radio station from Gondar to Santa Cruz.”

To learn more about Qwanqwa visit: http://shaolinjazz.tumblr.com

SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE / Informational Video

This is the first in a series of informational videos, we’re dropping, that provide more detail on as well as give a live glimpse into our SHAOLIN JAZZ engagements.  Shot and edited by Ralston Smith, SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE is one of our first signature engagements that brings to life our mixtape via a live performance of music from the SHAOLIN JAZZ catalog.  The performance is led by SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founder DJ 2-Tone Jones who is backed by his fellow band members of the critically acclaimed Sound of the City band.