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Presenting Kokayi @ Millennium Stage

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Your favorite #DCmusic podcast Hometown Sounds is back on Friday March 3rd at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage to present Grammy-nominated emcee and producer Kokayi.

Throughout his career he has garnered rave reviews and new fans, with over a decade in music industry experience and a catalog that reflects his prolific nature and ability to cross genres as both a vocalist and producer, Kokayi maintains the mantra, “5. 500. 5,000 or 50,000. I give the same show, with the same intensity.” Adhering to this ethos has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate and share stages with: MacArthur Fellows; Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer and Dafnis Prieto, as well as, Yael Naim, Little Dragon, Meshelle Ndgeocello, Janelle Monae, Pharoahe Monch, Ravi Coltrane, Jean Grae, Black Milk, Wale and The Roots.

With his exploration of soundscapes his work has ranged from the interpretation of social subtexts surrounding, race, religion and patriotism and their affects on the human psyche (Pro Deo et Patria), voted as one of the best records of 2012 by the Washington City Paper, Bold As Love.us and RoxFontaine.com, Pro Deo et Patria’s lead single Birdus Ghetti was featured on MTV’s Hive.com. His reflections on ageism and the changed landscape of the music industry were made present in Robots and Dinosaurs whose songs found their way into Kevin Hart’s “Laugh at my Pain”.

Kokayi is a recipient of the Sister Cities Grant for his work in Senegal with Nomadic Wax, has served as Artist in Residence in Nijmegen, Netherlands, collaborates with both Nomadic Wax and 1beat Music fellowship to mentor artists, continues to work as music emissary with the US State Department, serves as DC Grammy Chapter President and as adjunct faculty with the School of Improvisational Music at NY all while functioning as the Co-Creator and Chief Curator of BeatsNBeans: a study in creative spaces and their effects on creativity and ideation. Kokayi was featured on Bandcamp.com for his BeatsNBeans series. Kokayi has been a featured speaker and panelist for events presented by The State Department, Music Cities Conference, DCTV, and the Congressional Black Caucus.

RSVP here and come to the free performance at 6 PM on Friday March 3rd!

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Kokayi – Part Of It video

DMV Rapper Kokayi caught a lot of great attention from his excellent Tiny Desk contest entry “The Lick” last month. Yesterday he dropped a new music video for “Part Of It”, the final song in his ambitious project to release a new track every day in 2014. This soulful song shows off Kokayi’s singing chops, equal in measure to his crafty, insightful lyrics. The simple but attractive video by Magee shows Kokayi’s singing wign a lovely fall background that reminds us all that someday, maybe, we can all go outside and just enjoy ourselves. Someday. Tune into Kokayi’s Track A Day SoundCloud playlist and fill your day with new sounds.

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Kokayi – The Lick (NPR Tiny Desk submission)

It’s been a minute since we got an official release or polished music video from DC rapper Kokayi, but his Track A Day 2014 set on SoundCloud positively overflows with gems and shows his true dedication. This fierce seated performance of “The Lick” for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk contest gives a very different vibe from most rap videos, and I dig it. Chair dancing FTW.

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Tabi Bonney – Move Smart video

Here’s a positive message about taking care of yourself and the environment from former DC rapper Tabi Bonney. Move Smart, released back in 2012, features production by Kokayi.

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Kokayi – Know Us Mayne video

DMV rapper Kokayi headlines a show tonight at Jammin Java in Vienna with hot Brooklyn remixers Spirit Animal. For today’s music video of the day we go back in time to Kokayi’s 2008 album Mass Instructions, and the lead off video Know Us Mayne, directed by Trent Watts.

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Kokayi – RoxTar video

DC music video of the day! Kokayi is constantly taking hip-hop to new places. The Grammy-nominated MC brings a diverse range of influences to his music, easily heard in the hit song RoxTar from his 2010 album Robots & Dinosaurs. RoxTar incorporates a DC bounce beat and pays tribute to its long musical history, something Hometown Sounds appreciates a lot!

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