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RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY SESSION PRESENTS TALIB KWELI & 9TH WONDER
Now Accepting Applications for Tokyo Workshop
What: Red Bull Music Academy is an annual two-week-long global event that travels the world celebrating all the journeys, breakthroughs, dreams, and intricacies that evolve the music of tomorrow. This local workshop is an intimate session with two of Hip Hop’s most critically acclaimed artists Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder. Designed to give aspiring musicians and music enthusiasts an inside look to the ever changing music industry, the Miami On the Floor session is a preview to what those selected for the Red Bull Music Academy will experience in Tokyo.
Applications are now being accepted for the next edition of the Red Bull Music Academy, which takes place in Tokyo for two separate workshops from October 23 – November 4 and November 13 – November 25. Some of the most creative minds in music will come together to share ideas, work on tunes, and perform in signature spots around the town.
Who: If skills sold, Talib Kweli would have been one of the most commercially successful rappers of his time. As it was, however the earnest MC became one of the most critically successful rappers of his time, which dawned in the late ’90s when he rapped alongside Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek as part of the group Black Star. Finally, after serious urgency in the studio, Kweli presents “Gutter Rainbows,” an album that takes a trip back to childhood while marking the newest stage in his long and dynamic career.
9th Wonder is well known for his production work on numerous albums such as Jay-Z’s “Threats”, Erykah Badu’s “Honey” as well as the many hits from the NC group Little Brother and others. 9th Wonder has made it his mission to delight the grown and sexy crowds of today with the hottest hip-hop jams from the days when songs made you move and made some sense, all at the same time.
Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder will also collaborate for a live Red Bull Music Academy On the Floor performance at the Delano Hotel’s Florida Room on Friday March 11th.
When: Thursday, March 10th
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
All ages welcome
Space is limited. Arrive early to secure admission.
Where: The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
“Those were the times we had
Sharing a joy that we thought would last
Memories of love and affection
Never really was just like a dream
Was it the simple things
That made me so crazy about you
Was it your charm or your passion
It’s not hard to believe
I love you and i need you so i…”-Forget me Nots
Simply put, Leroy Campbell is a quintessential artist. His work, created in a variety of mixed media and
reflective of the African-American experience, evokes an unexpected range of emotions. He becomes a griot,
telling stories of hard work, dignity, love and caring: stories which are at times haunting and painful, yet
hopeful and inspiring, and bring to life folks who are proud, god-fearing and self-reliant.
He is best known for his silhouetted elongated figures with long necks. He paints them without eyes or noses;
with mouths only, which he says leaves it up to viewers’ interpretation. His work embodies a universal
message yet remains an extension of his southern roots. Campbell, born in Charleston, South Carolina, a city
particularly rich in African-American history, culture and traditions, is a self-taught artist who began the
serious pursuit of his craft in 1984 while living in New York City. As he has grown, so has the intensity of his
artistic expression. Artistically, he captures the spirit and flavor of African-American life in the south by
employing his rich multi-media collage techniques including a mixed-media of vintage clothing, quilted
fabrics, burlap, needles, thread, elements of southern terrain, newspaper and the skillful use of color.
His most recent series “The Newspaper Series” features news print as its most dominant feature. His use of
newspaper signifies more than one denotation. On one hand, it represents the Gullah rituals of witchcraft to
who by papering the walls of their houses with news print protected them against and rid of curses and
dangerous spirits. On the other hand, the newspaper serves as a time capsule, since upon a closer glance the
newspaper articles triumphantly detail the palpable, unwavering strength and perseverance of people of
African ancestry from slavery to present day.
His newest works interpret present day by his characterization of people painted blue. The color blue emanates
an energy that allows us to look beyond and increase our perspective outward. It contains a cool vibration that
is helpful to communication. It counteracts chaos or agitation, and provides protection, health, confidence and
“I am an artist who believes that art can influence, inspire, and encourage dialogue. I believe art
heals, breaks down stereotypes and advocates diversity. My new works proclaim a spirit of
universality that will hopefully open the lines of easy communication and promote peace.”
– Leroy Campbell