Bilal (Far-left column), here featured with Wolof Times reporters Bunaama Diagne and Sunny Moore, definitely rocked the crowd with his falsetto voice and unimprovised stage comedy act. The band was great and played Jazz fused with R&B and Hip Hop music which are Bilal’s music influences/genres. The show also featured Grammy winner Robert Glasper who showcased his talents as a pianist.
Both artists rocked the crowd individually and demonstrated why they’re Reggae icons. Mr.Vegas (Far-left column) was LIVE on stage and had the crowd hyped up while Barrington Levy (Second column from right) SANG many classics with his mesmerizing voice and delivery. They both performed at the same time in the end (Top picture, second column from right) and gave the crowd a memorable performance.
Common (Left, here featured with Press members including Wolof Times reporters Bunaama Diagne (Right-column, bottom picture) and Sunny Moore (Right-column, Right in center picture)) showed he’s a TRUE MC through his lyrics/freestyles and interactions with the crowd. He definitely puts Chicago/The Midwest on the Hip Hop map. Great live energy and hip hop education for the youth. His DJ paid tribute to many old school hip hop artists such as Slick Rick, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep etc…
SHINE BLACKHAWK (Top Picture,Top Center), here featured with Wolof Times reporter Bunaama Diagne (Left) and other band members) rocked the stage late night with FIRE tribal music within a beautiful natural setting in the Malibu mountains with the Moon hovering over us. Her music is an original blend of Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop as well as Native American and African influences. The Festival was cut short due to fire code violations but featured Yoga workshops, raw vegan cuisine, drumming, dancing, folk music, acrobats, club dancing etc…Wonderful camping first-time experience amidst the Malibu Mountains.
Audience members (Top picture) were very much involved in the comedy acts and asked to dance to celebrate their birthdays in the beginning of the show. The audience was also highly-entertained by both comedians and Live DJ who played a lot of old school Hip Hop and R&B as well as new hits in these music genres. Featured comedians were just HILARIOUS and experienced in their craft. Nice venue to CHILL and get some BIG LAUGHS as you can see with featured Wolof Times reporters Bunaama Diagne (Left bottom picture) and Sunny Moore (Right bottom picture) 🙂
Great screening which Bobbito Garcia (Left, here featured with Sunny Moore (Right), Wolof Times reporter), one of the documentary producers and also one of my fav old school underground hip hop DJs, hosted. This documentary clearly showed the playground basketball culture of NYC and its worldwide influence. It also featured all of the NYC Playground greats and legends including Julius Erving. Bobbito can HOOP too 🙂
Comedian Screw (Right, BET’s Comic View) was hilarious and had very-well rehearsed material (Social, cultural) he delivered naturally and eloquently on stage. He had people literally rollin’ on the floor including here featured Wolof Times reporter Sunny Moore (Left).
Great documentary viewing on the historical date of Cinco de Mayo. The documentary featured the life, political times and accomplishments of Controversial Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. Very informative and unbiased showing. Danny Glover (Center) eloquently spoke about his relationship with the now deceased leader and world experiences as a political activist.
This show is just a future classic, so much musical education due to the diversity of African music utilized from the Continent and the Diaspora. A beautiful musical and dance mix of African cultural elements WORLDWIDE. Both Adesola Osakalumi (Right Column, Right) and Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child, Right Column, Right), who play the main characters of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Sandra Izsadore respectively, delivered beyond great performances as well as all other members of the troop from the dancers to the musicians to the singers. A TRUE LEGENDARY CLASSIC PERFORMANCE!