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Afrofuturist Weekend Day One
September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for another very special Afrofuturist Weekend! The series opens this year with new performances by Mr.Echoes/Kevin Johnson and our Dark Matter residents kwabena foli, Mojdeh Stoakley, Elijah Jamal Asani, and Shannon Harris.
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18752
Friday (Tentative Schedule)
6:00 kwabena’s opening with dances doing footwork.
8:15 Mr. Echoes/Kevin Johnson BDAY Performance – Needful Things
9:30 A transitory piece by Mojdeh, Elijah and Shannon.
kwabena foli was born in Belgium but raised in the Southside of Chicago. Current and forthcoming publications include The Los Angeles Review, Mikrokosmos Journal, Meridian, Crab Orchard Review, Salt Hill Journal and elsewhere. His work is also anthologized in Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks from Curbside Press. He’s a member of Nu-Being Collective and was a resident at Banff Centre of Arts & Creativity, The Poetry Center of Chicago, and Chicago Artist Coalition. He currently lives between Chicago and Brooklyn.
Mr.Echoes AKA Kevin Johnson
A native of the Windy City, Mr. Echoes has weathered the many shifts in the electronica music scene with a distinctive and timeless sound. The Chicago native makes up half of a production duo, The Opus and former Producer of rap group Rubberoom.
Past collaborations include Pigeon John, I Self Devine of the Micronots, Aesop Rock, Murs, Slug of Atmosphere, Meat Beat Manifesto, and DJ Krush.
Mojdeh Stoakley is a multi-discipline artist, activist, organizer, and educator. Founder of »radiant devices«, Interfaith Poets, and Lethal Poetry. She’s also the Director of Poets with Class at the Chicago Poetry Center, executive producer of the 29th National Poetry Slam, and sits on the board of Surviving The Mic.
Elijah Jamal Asani
nigerian-american experimental artist raised by lillies of the valley. self taught music producer/designer/filmmaker. òrìsà of wet, longing & fuschia. to be continued.
Having a multifaceted career as an international DJ, musician, composer, label owner, videographer, Qi Gong instructor, humanitarian, pro-activist, healer, and Audio Pharmacologist™, Shannon has managed to explore obscure territories, regions, genres, styles and traditions through his work in the Healing Art’s. His journey within the field of art and music spans over 3 decades, 6 continents and numerous cultural and spiritual traditions. Internationally initiated into many indigenous modalities since 2003, Shannonbridges his healing arts, science, energy medicine and live entrainment performances under his unique practice entitled “Audio Pharmacology™”.