The Schomburg Center’s Hip-Hop 4.0 Initiative is excited to partner with Nomadic Wax to present an evening of African Hip-Hop film shorts. Nomadic Wax is a U.S. based social enterprise that produces music, film and educational events aimed at creating cross-cultural exchange and increasing awareness of global issues. Founded in 2001 as a fair trade record label and production company of African hip-hop and urban music, Nomadic Wax has grown into an internationally recognized brand firmly rooted at the intersection of urban media and social change.
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Nomadic Wax H-Town Hip Hop (Zimbabwe)
SHOKO! Festival Documentary (Zimbabwe)
Keyti: Poetry in the Street (Dakar, Senegal)
UpMost- ‘Lost for Words’ (Zimbabwe)
Youth Development Through the Arts: Nomadic Massive in Port Au Prince (Haiti)
Alesh: Reveil- The Awakening (Democratic Republic of Congo)
The films will be curated by Ben Herson, founder of Nomadic Wax. Ben will be joined by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Cheikh Oumar Cyrille Toure, and Amkoullel for a Talkback session after the Film screening.
Larry Ossei-Mensah is a seasoned writer, blogger, curator, digital marketer, and entrepreneur who has emerged as dynamic influencer for the rising creative class writing features and creating content for various publications such as Centric TV/BET, Arise, Uptown, and Whitewall Magazine about lifestyle, media, pop culture and contemporary art happenings. Some of his content includes profiles of actor Idris Elba, rapper/producer Swizz Beatz, visual artist El Anatsui, Mickalene Thomas and founder of HopStop.com Chinedu Echeruo.
Thiat (Keur Gui)
Cheikh Oumar Cyrille Touré (aka Thiat “Junior”) is a rapper and social activist from Kaolack living in Dakar. He founded the group Keur Gui with his childhood friend Landing Mbessane Seck (aka Kilifeu). Thiat and Kilifeu founded the Y’en a Marre (“Enough is Enough”) youth movement in 2011 which fomented Senegal’s pro-democracy opposition in 2012 and which continues to fight for social justice and political accountability in Senegal.
Amkoullel (Issiaka Bâ)
Amkoullel is one of the most talented and ‘conscious’ Malian rappers of his generation. His stage name is taken from a novel by one of Mali’s most noted authors/historian/philosopher – Hamadou Hampaté Bâ – in order to pay homage to all African cultures. Actually Amkoullel was the nickname of his direct illustrious ascendant, from which he has also inherited the will and ability to harmoniously combine traditional and contemporary global cultures and to promote individual and social responsibility. As the leader of Hip Hop in Mali, Amkoullel is committed to keep this movement positive and respectful of traditional oral culture.