Virtual | Literary | Music

Word. Sound. Power. 2021

 
VIRTUAL
 
Fri, Apr 23, 2021
  • 8PM
 
 
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VIRTUAL

Event includes closed captioning and ASL interpretation.

 
ALL TICKETS:  Pay what you wish: $10; $17; $25
 
 
 
Ticket sales will end at 7:30pm on Apr 23 in order to ensure that all guests receive the link to the program by 8pm. 
 
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Part of Spring 2021

Sa-Roc
Okai
Nejma Nefertiti
Peggy Robles-Alvarado
Jade Charon

Directed and hosted by MC Baba Israel

Come vibe with us for this one-night-only virtual event! Some of the best hip-hop MCs and poets from Brooklyn and beyond join together for an electrifying evening charged to move your mind, body, and spirit. Featuring performances of brand new music and work by rapper Sa-Roc, vocalist and percussionist Okai, hip-hop artist Nejma Nefertiti, and poet Peggy Robles-Alvarado, this live concert celebration—hosted by MC Baba Israel, with a special appearance by DJ Reborn—is open online to audience members everywhere.

This event is not being recorded for later viewing so this is a truly special chance to let the music move you and share in an exhilarating message for the moment.

This program includes closed captioning and ASL interpretation. If there is anything we can do to make this program as accessible to you as possible, please let us know. Contact BAM at accessibility@BAM.org with any questions, suggestions, or for additional information.

Ticket sales will end at 7:30pm on Apr 23 in order to ensure that all guests receive the link to the program by 8pm.

Leadership support for off-site programs provided by:

 

Support for the signature artist series provided by Howard Gilman Foundation

 

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

 

Jerome L. Greene Foundation

 

Major support for Word. Sound. Power. in the Classroom provided by The Emily Davie & Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation

 
 
Sa Roc
 
Sa-Roc

Sa-Roc is a hip-hop artist based in Atlanta. Her 13th studio album, The Sharecropper’s Daughter, was released in the fall of 2020, and her 2018 single “Forever,” an ode to self-love and empowerment, has amassed over four million YouTube views. Sa-Roc also serves as a cultural ambassador for plant-based health and wellness organization Hip Hop is Green, performing and campaigning in public schools nationwide to promote healthy eating initiatives.



 
Peggy Robles
 
Peggy Robles-Alvarado

Dominican and Puerto Rican poet Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Literature, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2020 Atticus Review Poetry Contest winner. With advanced degrees in education and an MFA in performance studies, this former teen mother and initiated priestess in Lukumi and Palo celebrates womanhood and honors cultural rituals. She is the author of several books, including Conversations With My Skin, and her work has been featured on HBO Latino’s Habla Women and in several anthologies. Visit robleswrites.com.



 
Okai
 
Okai Musik

Brooklyn-born, Haitian-descended vocalist and percussionist Okai embodies the music of the African diaspora. With a longtime love of percussion dating back to his childhood and a particular emphasis on the West African djembe, he is the lead singer and percussionist of Brown Rice Family and co-founder of Strings N Skins, whose next album is due out in the fall. In addition to BAM, Okai has performed at the Brooklyn Museum, the legendary African art auction exhibition at Sotheby's, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and other venues throughout the US and abroad.



 
Nejima Nefertiti
 
Nejma Nefertiti

Nejma Nefertiti is a Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist. She is a core member of multilingual jazz band the Afro Yaqui Music Collective and has worked with Louis “Breakbeat Lou” Flores, La Bruja, Napoleon Da Legend, and others. As a social justice educator, she uses hip-hop and technology as cultural weapons to empower, inspire, and unite. She was a featured performer in Nona Hendryx’s annual Rock Solid Women’s Festival and Toshi Reagon’s Word*Rock*& Sword and has performed at the Kennedy Center, SOB’s, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Blue Note Jazz Club, among others.



 
Jade Charon
 
Jade Charon

Jade Charon is a choreographer and dance educator based in Brooklyn. She received an MFA in dance from UCLA and was awarded the 2020 Hicks Choreographer Fellowship from the School of Jacob's Pillow where she was mentored by Dianne McIntyre and Risa Steinberg. In 2018 she was selected by BAM as the Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellow. She is an assistant professor of dance and technology at Medgar Evers College. Charon is also a filmmaker whose films have screened in several festivals and conferences



 
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