BAMcafé Live and SOURCE360 Present “International Hip-Hop Night”
Hosted by Toni Blackman
Featuring Amkoullel, Gokh Bi System, Rebel Diaz, Shokanti, Ayoinmotion and Bocafloja
The Source goes global with International Hip-Hop Night, featuring emcees from around the world spitting lyrics and freestyles in Bambara, French, Wolof, Spanish, Portugese, English, and more. Hosted by Toni Blackman, the Department of State’s first Hip-Hop Cultural Envoy, the event features: Malian rapper Amkoullel (Mic Check, 2013 Winter/Spring), who has performed with artists including Ali Farka Touré, Toumani Diabaté, and Rokia Traoré; Senegal’s Gokh Bi System, a socially conscious hip-hop trio that has played major festivals around the world, including Celebrate Brooklyn and Montreal Jazz Festival; Chile’s Rebel Diaz, a political duo that has toured the US, Latin America, and Europe, and dropped its debut album, The Radical Dilemma, in 2013; Shokanti, who fuses hip-hop and reggae with the rhythms of his native island of Cape Verde and was the first hip-hop artist ever to perform for the Prime Minister of Cape Verde at the Government Palace; Nigeria’s AYoinmotion, who plays with his own live band and has performed at SOB’s, the Apollo Theater, and a number of major universities; and political rapper and poet Bocafloja, who has released six full-length albums and is one of the most revered icons on the Mexican hip-hop scene.