We couldn’t imagine a better way to start the “official” beginning of summer than to conduct CAN I KICK IT? at The National Gallery of Art – East Building (their contemporary wing), which also, and more importantly, helped to them kick-off their new “Japanese Animals” art exhibition. The collection is an historic exhibition of 17 centuries of animals in Japanese art that rarely leave Japan.
We certainly hope people enjoyed how we do storytelling via our curation of music to the newly minted anime Batman Ninja, we encourage you to check out this incredible exhibition, and we look forward to the day rocking the amazing space that is the NGA.
Thanks again to the NGA for bringing us and thank you to everyone who attended.
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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.
Haven’t posted my design work in a MIN, but I’m pretty proud of this package I’ve been producing. Above is part of a content design and marketing package I’ve been developing for Lil So So Production’s (LSP) Nomads and Tribes New Year’s 2015 New Year’s event that’s taking place at a venue in Washington, DC called Song Byrd. Please note that LSP designed the n + t logo. For info about the event click here and to review the additional visual bios of the amazing DJs and performers click Read the rest of this entry
Had another great time at this month’s CAN I KICK IT? where we screened Jean Claude Van Damme’s debut flick “Blood Sport.” The weather’s steadily getting better and Tues was a reflection of the warmer weather coming our way.
Thanks again to Marvin for hosting, special shouts to our amazing bartender Alyssa; shouts to Madison Davenport PR, Som Records, and Palace 5ive – our media partners, and thanks to Cherisse and Duane for the promotional lift. Thanks also to Lyft – our transportation sponsor.
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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.
There’s no sophomore slump here folks. Diamond District pick-up right where they left off (from their debut offering “In the Ruff”) with “March on Washington,” an album that expands on their social commentary, and musical and lyrical range. As a native Washingtonian I’ve seen DC area rap music go through a variety of stages and its refreshing to see Diamond District, in addition area MCs and producers such as Asheru, Ajene’, Sean Born, and a list of others building on this legacy of DOPE music, not to mention being included in an exclusive class of artists and groups (worldwide) that define what GOOD rap music sounds like.
Download “March on Washington” here.
HAD to share this joint from the homie Asheru, a DC native, educator, and very influential MC (on a global level), who also created the theme song for Aaron Macgruder’s The Boondocks animated series; just released the latest video “Funky DC” from is most recent album “Sleepless in Soweto.”
Listen and learn more here.
I know its been a minute since the last one but check out some behind-the-scenes shots from MAKE NO!SE #3. The subject of which is Shane Pomajambo – owner of art gallery Art Whino – one of the only area galleries to exhibit pop culture, street art, and graffiti.
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Hit up the homie Aniekan Udofia’s latest show – “Can You Dig It,” which is his ode to the 70’s. And if you know anything about this artist you know that the 70’s IS this cat’s steez.
No crowd shots of this one – let’s just say that its time for me to get a new digital camera so these shots were taken with my Blackberry, which has no flash?