Series hosted by Knight Arts Challenge winner Keepers of the Art
— Keepers of the Art, Inc. (KOTA) will launch its Hip-Hop Preservation Project (HHPP) with DJ O Sharp and his live interactive presentation and musical journey through the year “1988 – The Greatest Year In Hip-Hop,” on Saturday Oct. 21, 10 p.m. at Musica. The event also will feature performances by hip-hop legends Buckshot & DJ Evil D of Black Moon and Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, along with Akron-based artist Floco Torres.
The Hip-Hop Preservation Project comprises concerts, lectures, films, discussions, workshops and presentations, and is intended to unify and galvanize the international hip-hop community and all those concerned with protecting and preserving the integrity of the culture.
Member of Keepers of the Art say there are thousands of individuals who are disenfranchised at the current commercialization and dumbing down of the culture.
In 2016, the project was chosen as a winner of the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge, which seeks to engage and enrich communities through the arts. In 2017, Knight gave away a total of $7.8 million to ideas in four cities: Akron, Ohio; Detroit; Miami and St. Paul, Minnesota.
KOTA’s Executive Director Ismail Al-Amin said, “no matter where you go domestically, or internationally, hip-hop has been and still remains the main urban voice for the systemically disenfranchised and oppressed. Unfortunately, the mainstream voice of hip-hop today has lost a lot of its originality, authenticity and social awareness. The goal of the HHPP is re-introduce hip-hop culture’s original worldview of peace, love, unity and having fun on a mainstream level, and to help re-create more of a balance about what hip-hop music embraces and talks about. No longer can we allow the cultural pioneers to be looked as old-school or irrelevant. Programs and conversations must be had to help dispel corporate commercialization and to close the generation gap within the culture.”
Founded in 2006, Keepers of the Art is an arts, media education and urban entertainment company designed to provide cutting-edge culturally and socially relevant programming.
KOTA is committed to spreading diversity, enhancing pride and promoting the social and mental well-being through media education, entertainment and the arts; while working to bring down barriers by bringing different groups of people together through the passion for music, art and education. The group also helps combat negative influences in the world through the creation of more socially responsible artistic, educational and entertainment outlets for all human beings.
Musica is located at 51 E. Market St. For more about the event, visit www.facebook.com/events/233281177200963.
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