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Words Between Father and Son: a Celebration of Poetry, Storytelling, Jazz, and Hip-Hop

August 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us as Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor and The ZYG 808, two generations of hip-hop jazz artists share a selection of spoken-word pieces in the form of stories, songs and poems.

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Artist Bios:

The ZYG 808 is a 15 year-old, 2x Grammy nominated Hip-Hop Jazz vocalist, musician, composer and producer. Growing up around musicians, poets, and theater artists his whole life, he received his first drum set at the age of 4, he played his first recording session as a percussionist at age 7 and headlined the Boston Jazz Fest at age 11. Developing an interest in writing stories when he was in 3rd grade, he decided to try his hand at rapping at age 13, making hip-hop songs in his basement with his cousin, JJ Nice of the TMK Squad. Later that same year, the duo appeared on the anti-opioid song and music video “Flippin'” by the Soul Poet’s Syndicate. In the same year, he became the percussionist and rapper for the soul-funk band, The GroovaLottos. When JJ Nice moved to California, The ZYG 808 decided to branch out into a solo project, releasing, his debut E.P. “At The Party” in September of 2018, receiving 2 Grammy nominations for Hip-Hop from the Recording Academy. An honor student at Mashpee Middle High School and actively engaged in music and video production with his own label, Soul Poet’s Records, and performing with The GroovaLottos, The ZYG 808 is a force here to stay.

Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor
Considered by critics and peers alike to be one of the contemporary masters of the oral tradition, Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor is a multi-award-winning performing artist, writer, media artist and educator who’s works span the mediums of theater, music, film, poetry, fiction and non-fiction narrative writings. Having his first short story published at the age of 9 in a Bronx literary magazine, he began his musical life at age 10 as a viola player, gaining entrance to Music & Art High School and adding the piano and music composition to his repertoire. Earning school and city-wide awards for his short stories, at age 16 he also became one of the youngest studio session musicians in EMI Records history. He released his first solo record in 1990 during his senior year at Boston University and went on to earn a BA in Music and an MS in Film. While studying at BU, Mwalim began his career as a storyteller and teaching artist, touring schools, museums and libraries throughout New England. Mwalim also joined New African Company, New England’s oldest, continuous professional Black theatre company, and studied acting, directing and playwriting. His work as a playwright and musicians brought him back to New York City as a playwright and drama teacher by day and the band director for the Baggot Inn and staff producer for Melodic Syndrome (diet by SONY) by night. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious “Outstanding New Playwright” award from the New York Theatre Forum. In 2003 he returned to Massachusetts after accepting a professorship in the English Department and Black Studies program at UMass Dartmouth. In 2004 he became the Playwright-In-Residence for New African Company. He is the keyboard player and a singer with 6-time Grammy nominated soul-funk band The GroovaLottos. A recipient of numerous grants, awards and fellowships for his work in theater, creative writing, film, and media arts, he is the author of the book A MIXED MEDICINE BAG, numerous plays and performance pieces, and a contributor to numerous anthologies of poetry, short fiction, and essays

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August 13
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6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Sturgis Library
3090 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630 United States
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