'My music has been associated with those types of causes, with positivity, spirituality, intelligence and being thought-provoking and such,' says Talib Kweli [We Are Hip Hop event headliner] on his website.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 28, 2014
Beats, Rhymes & Relief, a US based NGO using music and the arts as a social development tool, is organizing a night of conscious hip-hop to take place parallel to the SXSW festival. Annually, SXSW attracts over 45,000 people from around the country interested in film, music, technology, and innovation for a week of events and showcases.
On March 15, 2014, Beats, Rhymes and Relief is hosting We Are Hip Hop, “a night of conscious hip hop,” engaging over 15 artists and performers from around the country. The event headliner is Talib Kweli, world famous Brooklyn-based rapper who earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to engage in the last 20 years.
“My music has been associated with those types of causes, with positivity, spirituality, intelligence and being thought-provoking and such,” says Kweli on his website.
Prior to the start of the concert, We Are Hip Hop will feature a panel discussion: The Conscious Mind & Community Engagement. The focus of the conversation will be on the intersection of music an technology, philanthropy and social engagement. Panelists include Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Tamer Rashad, Founder of a new music app Humtap, Muhammad Islam, Supreme Commanding General with the Zulu Warriors Security of Zulu Nation and a philanthropy expert.
The We Are Hip Hop concert is organized as a showcase to display talents of underground artists from around the US. Lyrics of artists are socially conscious and talk to values of community, diversity, anti-violence, youth engagement and importance of social development.
For the past year, Beats, Rhymes and Relief has been organizing community events under its flagship program, Making Beats Count. Many of the artists joining the We Are Hip Hop showcase have been featured in original music videos produced by Beats, Rhymes and Relief that target local communities around the United States with messages of hope, creativity and positive engagement.
Panel Discussion / 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Live painting & Networker / 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Concert / 10 p.m. -3 p.m.
Location: KRAVE at 302 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas
Tickets & more information: http://www.wearehiphop.eventbrite.com
Sponsorship opportunities are available for We Are Hip Hop beginning at $500 USD including stage, reception and showcase sponsors. Contact: Omar Al-Chaar at omar(at)beatsrhymesandrelief(dot)org
Beats, Rhymes & Relief is a non-profit organization utilizing the arts to raise awareness and support for worldwide humanitarian relief efforts. Beats, Rhymes & Relief harnesses the power of cultural diplomacy to raise the profile of global issues through high-profile public music concerts. Beats, Rhymes & Relief is a US based NGO headquartered in Washington, DC.
Co-Founder & President, Beats Rhymes & Relief