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One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide

The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with Hi-ARTS, producers of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presents One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide, a festival celebrating this uniquely American art form. The festival highlights MCing, DJing, b-boying, and graffiti writing, the original four elements of hip-hop culture, alongside contemporary interdisciplinary work born of hip-hop aesthetics. The festival will showcase performances from internationally acclaimed artists such Hip Hop Legend Nas, Senegal’s Ker Gui, Cabo Verde’s Shokanti, Trail Blazer MC LYTE, South Africa’s Black Noise and more.Ticketed and free performances and exhibitions explore the breadth and depth of hip-hop today.

Many events are free. Visit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               MEDIA CONTACTS: Angela Olson

December 20, 2013                                                                202-994-3087;

                                                                                                Nicole Carlotto



GW Lisner Presents a Double Bill of Afropop Stars

Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits, and the Krar Collective


Jan. 16, 2014


EVENT:                      Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits with Krar Collective


WHEN:                       Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014; 8 p.m.


WHERE:                     The George Washington University

                                    Lisner Auditorium

                                    730 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.

                                    Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)


TICKETS                    Tickets are $25, $27.50 and $32.


MEDIA:                       Media interested in covering this concert should contact Angela Olson at

                                    202-994-3087 or



     GW Lisner presents a double bill of Afro-pop musicians Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits, and the Krar Collective. The program kicks off with Oliver Mtukudzi (Tuku), who was recently inducted into the Afropop Hall of Fame.  His music reflects influences from his native Zimbabwe, as well as the rhythms of African roots music. Tuku’s famous guitar work and vocals are accompanied by his band The Black Spirits, a mixed ensemble of young and veteran musicians. The second half of the program features the Krar Collective, dubbed by critics as “The Ethiopian White Stripes.”  The Krar Collective’s set will include a contemporary take on traditional Ethiopian music.


     Lisner Auditorium has long been known as a world music destination for D.C. audiences. Upcoming world music concerts include: the Soweto Gospel Choir, Feb. 12; Angelique Kidjo, Feb. 16; and Johnny Clegg, March 29.


About GW Lisner Auditorium

     Built in 1943, GW Lisner Auditorium is an historic D.C. cultural institution. A vibrant cultural asset to the university and to the city, Lisner recently completed significant renovations with state-of-the-art sound and light upgrades, a new maplewood stage floor, re-upholstered seats, new carpets and other interior improvements. (See a time-lapse video of renovations.) Take a look at Lisner.  


Information about the diverse lineup of vocalists, world music, rock, dance and discussions scheduled for the 2013-14 season at Lisner Auditorium is available online.




"The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.".

MEDIA: Kristin Guiter, (202) 288-5624 /


VIDEOS:   Soleil Soleil video Meklit Hadero
TV Interview of Meklit Hadero on PBS Arts Quick Hits    

Mesmerizing Ethiopian-American Vocalist (& TED Global Fellow)

“[Meklit] sings of fragility, hope and self-empowerment… [with a] sensuous, gentle sound. She is stunning.”      San Francisco Chronicle

ARLINGTON, VA—Blending traditional Ethiopian songs infused with jazz and an Afro-beat punch, vocalist Meklit Hadero has been featured widely on NPR, PBS and National Geographic. A “TED” Global Fellow, she is also the founder of the Arba Minch Collective of Ethiopian artists in Diaspora who collaborate with both traditional and contemporary artists in their homeland. The unique talents of the Ethiopian-born, U.S.-raised artist will be showcased when she returns to perform at Artisphere on Saturday, January 18 at 8 p.m.

“You may not have heard Meklit Hadero’s music before, but once you do, it’ll be tough to forget. Hadero’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen.”                                - NPR’s Tell Me More

Meklit’s music influences range wide—from the jazz and soul favorites she grew up on; to the hip-hop and art-rock she loves; to folk traditions from the Americas and her forebears’ East African home. Emerging from her adopted hometown of San Francisco, Meklit erupted to national notice with the 2010 release of “On a Day Like this…” on Porto Franco Records. Hailed by Filter magazine for “[combining] New York jazz with West Coast folk and African flourishes, all bound together by Hadero’s beguiling voice,” her full-length debut brought Meklit’s music to a whole new audience. It also announced the arrival, as the San Francisco Chronicle has put it, of “an artistic giant in the early stages.”

The journey that brought Meklit to the Artisphere stage included many stops. Born in Ethiopia in the early 1980s, she grew up in Iowa, New York and Florida. After studying political science at Yale, she moved to San Francisco and became immersed in the city’s thriving arts scene.


Named a TED Global Fellow in 2009, Meklit has served as an artist-in-residence at New York University, the De Young Museum, and the Red Poppy Art House. Meklit has also completed musical commissions for the San Francisco Foundation and for theatrical productions staged by Brava! For Women in the Arts.





Artisphere connects artists and audiences through an eclectic mix of fresh, thought-provoking arts programming. We’re your spot for insight into the creative process and to engage in artistic adventures—from contemporary visual art, live music and theatre to new media, film and dance. Come explore, experience and engage—collide with art. Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia, two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro (blue/orange) and within walking distance of Georgetown. Admission to Artisphere and all its visual art galleries is free; there is a cost for ticketed events. Artisphere is pleased to offer its patrons free parking evenings after 5:00 p.m. and all day on weekends. For more information about Artisphere, visit


Artisphere is managed by Arlington Economic Development and supported in part by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, corporations, foundations and individuals.


Artisphere 1101 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22209 Phone: (703) 875-1100 TTY: (703) 228-1855 Please note that Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre is directly adjacent to Artisphere’s main building and is located at 1611 N. Kent Street.

Admission and Tickets
Admission to Artisphere and its galleries is always free; there is a cost for ticketed events. Tickets for all events, unless otherwise noted, are available for advance purchase online through Tickets are also available for purchase through the Box Office Call Center at (888) 841-2787.

Wednesday-Friday: 4:00 –11:00 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Tuesday: Closed
*Open later pending programmed event

Follow Artisphere on Facebook and Twitter. View Artisphere’s YouTube page.

Free Parking
Free parking with validation on evenings (after 5pm) and all day on weekends. For events at Artisphere (1101 Wilson) use the N. Kent Street garage entrance; validate at Artisphere’s Front Desk. For events at Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre (adjacent to Artisphere and located at 1611 N. Kent) use the Arlington Ridge Road garage entrance. No validation needed for Spectrum Theatre events.

Two blocks from Rosslyn Metro (blue/orange).

DC Circulator
The Dupont-Georgetown-Rosslyn line drops two blocks away.

Artisphere is wheelchair accessible. Assisted listening devices are available for seated events. Sign-language interpreters available; two weeks advance notice requested. The hearing impaired can learn about our upcoming programs by phone by dialing 711 (a national relay service) and requesting our calendar number (703) 875-1136. To access general information about Artisphere or to request a sign-language interpreter, request (703) 875-1100. The information will be provided by text.




Munit + Jorg second album, a studio production entitled “፪ ። 2”, was released in March 2013. The title represents the fact that it is the two of them that were the executive producers and artistic directors this project. It is also their second album and the blend of two cultures that has created their unique music! 

The long-awaited album contains 14 songs, of which 9 are originals and 5 are well-loved familiar tunes ranging from an updated classic by 
legendary krar player, vocalist and actress Asnakech Worku, to children’s songs and an Ethio-jazz standard originally arranged by Ethiopian musical icon Mulatu Astatke. The combination of the new and old provides something for everybody, for those who crave to remember the good old days to those who crave new visions, styles and sounds in Ethiopian music.

We are pleased to announce that Munit + Jorg are finally making their way to DC for their first US tour. Opening for them is DC’s own Feedel Band. We’ll also have a special DJ set by Toothpick. 

Get ready for a night of Ethio-soul and Ethio-Jazz and some funky grooves provided by our DJ. 

Munit + Jorg : Coming to America :: East Coast Tour

w/ Feedel Band + Dj set by Tooth Pick

Monday July 1st

Tropicalia // 2001 14th st NW (lower level)

Doors at 8pm

Adv Tix : $15 // DOS : $20 :!


DrewCool goes IN on this mixtape. listen, download, reblog. Like what you hear? Come hear him spin at #AfricanaSummer this Sunday at Sankofa in DC. 2-8pm. 

#AfricanaSummer is back this weekend. DC, spend your memorial day sunday with me and my friends at Sankofa. Good good. Great music. sKrong (yes, with a “k”) drAnks (also yes, with an “a”). 

details on the flyer. come thru! 

Sat 5.18 - Global Dance Party at @Artisphere w/ Nappy Riddem, ELIKEH and Black Masala. Tickets are $12 :