Hartford, Conn. – The 9th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns this spring from April 3 to April 5, 2014, and will be headlined by Talib Kweli, an internationally acclaimed lyricist and hip-hop artist. The 2014 event will feature two nights of concerts, plus an extensive lineup of lectures, workshops, panel discussions and films. The event, free and open to the public, will feature performances from artists around the globe.
Dubbed "hip-hop's cerebral emcee" by Pitchfork
in 2004, the Brooklyn-born Kweli was raised in a family of educators. His mother is an English
professor at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and his father is an administrator at Adelphi University on Long Island. Kweli attended Cheshire Academy, a boarding school in Connecticut, and he later studied experimental theater at New York University before pursuing his career.
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Other performers this year include Quilomboarte Collective (Mexico, Domincan Republic, U.S.A., Spain); Vox Sambou (Haiti); Shokanti (Cape Verde); Native Sun (UK/Mozambique); Black Noise (South Africa); and DJ Boo (U.S.A./Philippines).
Highlights of this year’s festival include classes and panels with Trinity and outside academics, film screenings and director Q&A’s, a B-Boy/B-Girl battle and exhibition; an urban art exhibition, spoken word performances; a DMC regional DJ battle, which is a qualifier for the U.S. National DJ battle and international finals, among other events. For a detailed schedule, visit: http://trinityhiphop.com/events
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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), dead prez (United States); hip-hop legends KRS-One and Grandmaster Caz (United States); among many other national and international artists and academics.