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Modern Griots Interviews: X Black Superheroes

Aker: Futuristically Ancient

Source: Afropunk

The New York City-based duo of Sefu Kafele and Rachel Burrell joined forces to form X Black Superheroes. Together, Kafele, the Malcolm X-inspired lyricist, and Burrell, a singer and poet with Tracey Chapman mixed with Lauryn Hill style and sound, use their music to raise awareness of  people, political, and social issues that often do not receive the attention they deserve. Read their interview below to find out what they think it means to be heroic.

1)    How do you describe yourselves as artists for those who don’t know you?

Rachel: As an artist, I’m about passion, love, hope, frustration, pain. I like to tap into all basic human emotions because really everyone can relate. Sefu brings a straightforwardness and honesty as well and I connect with that.

2) How did you two meet and form X Black Superheroes? What is the meaning behind your name?

Rachel:…

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Mixed Pleasures

There were two things that came to mind when Mixed Pleasures open mic and showcase was launched two years ago, community and celebrating various art forms.

On, November 4th, 2015, a beautiful crowd gathered at The Delancey to celebrate the event’s two year anniversary.

The night consisted of artists who have featured throughout this past year, three visual artists, jewelry, a short open mic and a lot of laughs and great vibes.

Come and be a part of this unique experience on December 2nd, 2015 at The Delancey. The event is free and the atmosphere is welcoming. 7:30 pm. 21+

Here are some photos from the two year anniversary show.

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Pen, Paper, Stage, And An Audience

imageAs an artist the four things listed in the title of this blog are essential to our being!

If you’re like me, then you always have a note pad and pen close because you never know when inspiration is going to hit and words come pouring from your soul and spilling on to pages!

I guard my heart but it’s unguarded when I hit the stage and I’m unafraid to let you see me; the good, bad and the ugly. Even as a shy girl growing up, I was never afraid of the stage. The stage has always been my haven, where I don’t care about judgements and I’m as bold as ever.

What’s a show without an audience? This is real life. It’s never been a show for me but comminication through song;  through poetry.

I need you to hear me because we may not have the same experiences but we have the same emotions. I want you to know that I celebrate in your joys so I sing for you. I want you to know that I know what it is to feel hopeless, so I sing for.

I sing for you. I sing for me because I know that music saved me and it just might save you!