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Kennedy Center Announces 2022-2023 Hip-Hop Culture and Contemporary Music Seasons

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The Kennedy Center’s Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music Program has announced its first programs for the 2022-2023 season. This season deepens the mission of Hip-Hop Culture at the Center by spotlighting multi-hyphenated artists and creators in the world of hip-hop, and by honoring the voices of key artists who helped shape the canon. , celebrated contemporary music’s diverse musical genres and audiences, defied classification, and propelled us into the future. Through conversations, storytelling, concerts and professional development workshops, the program continues to celebrate and invest in hip-hop and contemporary cultural geniuses and the communities that created them.

Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music Director Simone Ecclestone said: “We are passionate about deepening our work with artists such as Robert Glasper, The Roots, 9th Wonder, Common and MC Lyte, and serving as a creative hub for their work and creative endeavours. Each artist is a creative force, an important cultural entity, a leader and a powerful catalyst for their community. I’m here.

Beginning in October, Culture Talks, a humanities series aimed at shedding light on the creative talent behind hip-hop artists, creatives and culture, kicks off the season. Culture Talks: A Conversation on Creativity with Coody & Chike features award-winning director, producer and filmmaker his Coodye & Chike (October 19, 2022). The duo are best known for pioneering digital network CreativeControl.TV. His videos for groundbreaking music such as “Through the Wire,” “Jesus Walks,” and “Window Seat.” and the acclaimed documentary Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ and the Child of Coney Island. Most recently, the visionary artist, known for producing and directing the three-part Netflix documentary series jeen-yuhs, is a member of the Kennedy Center Hip Hop Culture Council and chief of Pharrells i am OTHER. We have a conversation with the famous multi-hyphen Mimi, creative officer of . Valdés for a conversation about their journey and cutting-edge approach to storytelling.

This season also celebrates artists and their creative accomplishments with Robert Glasper’s Black Radio – 10th Anniversary Celebration and Culture Talk: Electric Circus at 20. , 2022). His five-time Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, producer, and founder of the Kennedy Center Hip-Hop Culture Council, he welcomes a variety of special guests from hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and soul. Celebrate his genre-bending brand with a one-night-only concert. In our second installment of Culture Talks, we focus on Grammy-, Emmy-, and Academy Award-winning artist, author, actor, and activist Common, as he explores his album Electric Circus (December 10, 2022). Explore the experimental sounds and artists they collaborated with. In an exclusive talk, author and journalist Marcus J. Moore and Academy Award-winning drummer, DJ, producer, author and director Aamir “Questlove” Thompson will be on hand to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Electric. Discuss the creation, influence and legacy of the circus. its release.

Committed to supporting the next generation of hip-hop artists, the center offers a fresh expansion of its professional development initiatives. Grammy-winning producers and founding members of the Hip-Hop Culture Council, 9th Wonder and The Soul Council are hosting a workshop for up-and-coming producers. Making Beats: A Production Workshop with 9th Wonder and The Soul Council is his three-day intensive workshop with 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Kash, Sndtrak and E. Jones, providing participating producers with the history and tools of hip-hop production To do. And the skills you need to hone your craft while creating new beats. The workshop concludes with Making Beats: Beat Battle. This is the Beats showcase at Studio K on REACH (October 30, 2022).

The Roots Residency and MC Lyte Presents return this season. The Roots Residency follows Grammy Award-winning Black His Thought’s ‘Stream of Thought’ with renowned American contemporary visual artist and 2018 MacArthur His Fellow Titus His Caffer as special guests. (October 23, 2022). Kaffer’s paintings, sculptures and installations examine the history of representation by reframing styles and mediums to emphasize the physicality and dimensionality of the canvas and the material itself. His practice seeks to detach history from its status as the ‘past’ in order to reveal its contemporary meaning. This intimate conversation takes place in the Terrace Theater. Questlove’s third installment of MUSIC IS HISTORY in November will be hosted by Ben Greenman, who continues a fascinating conversation about last season’s popular music and American history (November 5, 2022). ). This is followed by Black Thought presents…Delirious. This is a comedy show curated by the MCs of the Legendary Roots Crew and featuring new comedians and fresh takes on pop culture (12/11/2022). In April, music icon MC Wright will return to the Center with Wallin’ her Campbell, and in June she will present My Block and I Am Woman: A Celebration of Women in Hip Hop. “We are delighted to partner with the Kennedy Center to shine a light and celebrate women in music.The launch of I AM WOMAN in 2022 was incredible. It will prove to be,” said MC Wright. “Plus, we celebrate Easter Sunday with multiple Grammy-winning producer Warrin Campbell and his MY BLOCK talented roster featuring Mary, Mary and more. Get ready!” MC Lyte and Warryn Campbell, musical visionaries known for producing chart-topping hits across genres, have collaborated to launch My Block (April 9, 2023). As part of the Center’s contemporary music programme, Erica Campbell, Mary Mary, The Walls Group and Lena of Campbell’s record label My Her Block Inc. Her Bird Her Miles perform concerts on stage in Her Hall and Soul A rocking gospel for her music nights. In celebration of Easter Sunday. MC Wright continues to demonstrate her dedication to empowering women in hip hop this season with her second presentation of I Am Woman: A Celebration of Women in Hip Hop. I Am Woman celebrates the talent, diversity and power of female presenters and enhances the creative contributions of women across generations (June 4, 2023). Artists will be announced at a later date.

In addition to MC Lyte and Warryn Campbell presents My Block, Inc., Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, professor and Howard alum Eric Roberson will return to the Kennedy Center to take to the concert hall as part of Contemporary. Debut. Music His Season and Lesson Tour (November 18, 2022).

The Kennedy Center continues to prioritize the health and safety of our artists, staff and patrons.

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