Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival: Unifying Gender, Race, and Class Through Hip-Hop

12th Annual Event Is April 6-9; MC Lyte Performs Saturday
Hartford, Connecticut, April 6, 2017 – The annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns to campus April 6 through 9 for its 12th year. Drawing hip-hop artists from around the world, the event – free and open to the public – seeks to educate members of the Trinity and Hartford communities about hip-hop culture. The 2017 festival’s theme is “U.N.I.T.Y.: Unifying Gender, Race, and Class Through Hip-Hop.”

“The festival is an opportunity for open-minded people to experience the power of hip-hop,” said Seth Markle, an associate professor of history and international studies at Trinity who teaches a global hip-hop cultures class and serves as faculty adviser to the festival. “This year's festival, in particular, will show how women have played an active role in the making of hip-hop music and culture all over the world.”

The main concert gets started at 8:00 p.m. Saturday night and will culminate in a performance by headliner MC Lyte, one of the most well-respected female hip-hop artists and a pioneer in the industry. The main concert, for which photo i.d. will be required to attend, takes place in the Washington Room of Trinity’s Mather Hall. View a video promoting MC Lyte’s performance here.

This year’s festival also will feature a Thursday evening Iron Poets Open Mic event, a Friday night dance show and battle, plus an extensive lineup of lectures, workshops, panel discussions and films as part of the weekend-long academic study of the music and subculture of the hip-hop genre. A live graffiti exhibition on Saturday on the Gates Quad will feature artists Dizy One (India), Komet (India), Behulum (Ethiopia), and El Sexto (Cuba). DJ Kool Flash, a 10-year-old girl DJ, will perform as part of a “Youth 4 Change Showcase” Saturday afternoon, as well as at the Saturday night concert.

For the full festival schedule, artist bios, and more, please visit Read here about the USA/Russian hip-hop exchange through which two members of the Trinity community traveled to Russia in February to lecture about Trinity’s festival. To complete the exchange, Russian hip-hop delegates will attend the hip-hop festival at Trinity.

About the Festival

The Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival, founded by Trinity students in 2006, is the largest festival of its kind in the United States. The festival continues to be organized by students in association with Nomadic Wax, World Hip Hop Market, Temple of Hip Hop, and Notable Productions. Past performers include Rakim, DJ Kool Herc, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, dead prez, KRS-One, Grandmaster Caz, K’Naan (Somalia), Jean Grae (U.S./South Africa), Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana), Comrade Fatso (Zimbabwe), Les Nubians (France/Cameroon), Sam the Kid (Portugal), and many other national and international hip-hop artists and academics.