Critical and creative, rapper-activist-journalist Narcy has never shied away from using his various platforms to speak truth to power. From collaborations with Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) to teaching hip-hop history to his students at Concordia University, his impact reaches across borders and boundaries. Narcy is a founding member of The Medium, an independent multimedia arts collective focused […]

Zeshan & The Transistors

Zeshan Bagewadi is an acclaimed singer-songwriter who defies categorization. A conservatory-trained vocal virtuoso, he has performed extensively across the United States, Europe, and Asia, using in 11 different languages across genres like opera, musical theater, soul, gospel, ghazal, qawwali, and indie-rock. In March of 2016, Zeshan traveled to Memphis to record his solo debut album of repurposed 1960s […]

Rock Steady Crew

The legendary New York City collective was established in 1977 by Bronx and Manhattan b-boys, and quickly rose to international stardom. Led by Jo Jo, Jimmy D, Crazy Legs, Lenny Len and Mr. Freeze, the Rock Steady Crew pushed “breakdancing” into the forefront of pop culture. They have appeared in major motion pictures and on national television […]

Maimouna Youssef

Maimouna “Mumu Fresh” Youssef is a Grammy-nominated singer, emcee, songwriter and poet. She is featured on the Roots hit “Don’t Feel Right”, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Song. She has worked with artists like Angelique Kidjo, Big Daddy Kane, Nas, Dead Prez, Wilco, Zap Mama, Cody Chestnut, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Talib […]

The Reminders

The Reminders seamlessly blend soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that’s hard to beat. Big Samir weaves intricate rhythmic patterns with a bilingual French/English flow, displaying his street-smart credibility in both his lyrics […]

Amir Sulaiman

Amir Sulaiman is a poet, recording artist, activist and New York native. His poems cross subjects of love, tragedy, and the struggle to reconcile humanity with the unprecedented trials of modernity. He has performed his works across the US and in England, Belgium, Senegal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Australia, Iran and the Netherlands. His book of poetry, Love, Gnosis […]

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is an eight-member, Chicago-based collective consisting of 8 blood brothers trained in musical instrumentation by their father, jazz trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran (who played with Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, and Sun Ra). The brothers absorbed hip-hop, rock, reggae and other components into the cosmic jazz style of their father. In 1999, Hypnotic […]

Danay Suarez

“She’s a voice of resilience and passionate self-invention” – New York Times
Danay Suarez, was born in Havana, Cuba in 1985. She joined “Opera de la Calle”, in 2003 which help form her skill as a lyrical singer. She later went on to become a mainstay in Cuba’s underground rap movement. Danay’s ability to adapt has allowed her […]