MCs: Terry Lovette and Xavier Eikerenkoetter
On the convergence of culture, politics, and art – OSHUN’s Thandiwe and Niambi Sala have chosen to march to the beat of their own drum. The D.C. natives have coined their own music style (Iya Sol) that is a cultural blend of neo-soul & hip-hop. OSHUN’s message of love, peace, cultural awareness and spirituality has been featured at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, Kennedy Center, Afro Punk, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYU’s Clive Davis Music Institute, South by Southwest (SXSW), and BB Kings in NYC to name a few… Their first EP, AFAHYE, served as a four-track introduction of the duo. It featured heavy influences from reggae and roots music. Their last project, ASASE YAA, was a nod to the past, an acknowledgement of the present, and a glance at the future.
About Soul Science Lab
Innovative. Afro. Futuristic. Griots. Soul Science Lab (SSL), is a Brooklyn, NY based music and multimedia duo that translates stories into soul stirring sounds and dynamic visuals. SSL was formed by artist, educator and creative director, Chen Lo, and multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Asante’ Amin. With a focus on high quality, timeless music, SSL designs innovative arts education models and creates culturally responsive interactive experiences. In addition to international touring, SSL’s current projects include Chen Lo’s 2013 album Footprints, Amin’s 2014 album The Visitor: Alter Destiny, the orchestral, interactive documentary Soundtrack ‘63 and their newly released interactive album, Plan for Paradise.
Annette has performed, toured and shared the stage with artist such as Stevie Wonder, Darlene Love, Tito Puente, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon, Mose Allison, The Grateful Dead and many others. In 2007 she was a feature as an independent Hispanic artist for the Infiniti car commercial with fame late Cuban trumpet player Chocolate and Chef Douglas Rodriquez. In 1992 in New York City, she formed her band Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans. The group was selected three times as Latin Jazz Ambassadors for the U.S State Department via The Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, where they traveled to Africa.
About Harambee Dance Company
Harambee Dance Company pulls together the essence of African and African-American dance and music presenting it from an innovative and exciting new contemporary perspective. Artistic Director and resident choreographer Sandella Malloy has developed a high-energy repertoire that pulls together African-based movement, modern dance forms, live percussion and original music, and vibrant costumes into captivating performances reflecting the majesty of the African Diaspora. Harambee Dance Company incorporates the traditional and contemporary to create a new style of African Dance. The company’s enlightening and thought provoking presentations challenge audiences to expand their perception of dance.