8th Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival Open to Public

What is Hip Hop? The Local as Global
Hartford, Conn. – The 8th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns this spring from April 4 to April 7, 2013. Expanding from previous years, the 2013 event will have two nights of concerts, a spoken word event, a b-boy/b-girl battle, a local talent showcase, plus an extensive lineup of lectures, workshops, panel discussions and films.  This year’s event will be headlined by dead prez, a political hip-hop duo from New York, and will feature performances from artists around the globe.  For a video trailer, visit: http://vimeo.com/62787214.
 
Other performers this year include Rael (Brazil); Las Krudas (Cuba); Mandeep Sethi (India); The Welfare Poets (New York/Puerto Rico); Lah Tere (Chicago/Puerto Rico); Chromatics (Trinidad); Humanist (Burkina Faso/France); Baba Israel (New York/Australia); Kama (Kenya); Aisha Fukushima (United States/Japan); Political Animals (Connecticut); Brown Rice Family (The world); and Mikal Lee aka Hired Gun (New York).

Highlights include classes and panels with Trinity and outside academics, film screenings and director Q&A’s, a Boy/B-Girl battle and exhibition; an art exhibition, spoken word performances; a freestyle rhyming workshop; a DMC regional DJ battle, which is a qualifier for the U.S. National DJ battle and international finals, among many other events.  DMC Hartford is a regional DJ battle, which will include GrandWizzard Theodore, who invented the scratch, DJ Precision (DMC USA champion 2012) and DJ P-Money (DMC New Zealand champion).  In addition, the Festival will feature a "Youth 4 Change Conference" on Saturday, April 6th where local high school students will interact directly with the artists and presenters in special workshop sessions.  For a comprehensive schedule, visit: http://trinityhiphop.com/events.  (photo by Nick Lacy)
 
For artist bios and more, visit www.trinityhiphop.com or contact Greg Schick at Greg@worldhiphopmarket.com.
 
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, Underground Coalition/Zulu Nation 860, and Notable Productions.  Past performers include Somalian artist K’Naan, whose single “Wavin’ Flag” was the official anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as Jean Grae (U.S/South Africa), Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana); Brother Ali (United States); Comrade Fatso (Zimbabwe); Les Nubians (France/Cameroon); Sam the Kid (Portugal), hip-hop legends KRS-One and Grandmaster Caz (United States); among many other national and international artists and academics.