BAM's Word. Sound. Power. virtual celebration of hip-hop

By 4/23/2021 11:08:00 AM

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) presents Word. Sound. Power. 2021 a virtual electrifying hip-hop and spoken word concert featuring a stunning roster of artists on Friday, April 23 at 8pm EST.

The show will take on the form of an virtual interactive 70-minute hip-hop showcase featuring music, spoken word, and dance performances as the artists — emcees Sa-Roc, Okai, and Nejma Nefertiti, poet Peggy Robles-Alvarado, and dancer Jade Charon — perform around the theme of rejuvenation across the African Diaspora.

This year BAM' virtual production allows audiences from around the world the opportunity to connect with artists and new content designed and directed for screen.

The performances will be powered by cutting-edge innovations in virtual design and live mixing.

Atlanta-based emcee Sa-Roc appears on the heels of her recent album, Sharecropper's Daughter. The illustrious emcee will perform an exclusive medley of songs from the acclaimed album. The set will also include a first time-performance of her yet-to-be-released single "Wild Seeds," a celebration and remembrance of women whose strength, resilience and tenderness inform the fortitude and fragility of the culture.

Brooklyn artists Okai, Nejma Nefertiti, Jade Charon, and Bronx poet Peggy Robles-Alvarado round out the dynamic lineup.

The show finishes with a 20-minute Q&A with the artists.

MC Baba Israel returns as host with music provided by DJ Reborn as this year's annual showcase brings the elements of hip-hop to BAM's virtual stage for a one-night-only concert.

At one time, a counter-culture, to some, and now the world's most powerful musical genres and cultural influences, hip-hop retains its radical roots and is closely attuned to social and political discourses.

Word. Sound. Power. artists use beats and lyrics to offer exhilarating messages for the moment. With ferocity and compassion, the performers address issues of our time with intensity unique to the hip-hop and spoken-word style.

Tickets for Word. Sound. Power. 2021 are on sale now through April 23 at 6pm. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish, starting at $10.

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