What Is Afro Roots Hop?
Afro Roots Hop is the future of hip hop and roots reggae sound in the African Diaspora, combining elements of Afro Poetry, Roots Reggae and Hip Hop. Akwerius, co-founder of the movement, is bringing crucial sounds in 2010 with the impending release of his latest project - Dawn. This EP is being released with kwe's first book of poetry (Dirges of Becoming) released as part of the Storm Before the Calm Tour (http://stormbeforethecalmtour.com), a spoken word ceremony touring the nation.
kwe's first collection of poetry comes at a pivotal point in time, when the nation now has its first Black President in the White House and many have begun to question their perceptions of agency based on race or class background. By launching this poetry reading series to reach students and teachers of color, kwe is bringing Afro Roots Hop to audiences across lines of generation, race, political and cultural identity. In the coming months, kwe is scheduling public readings as well as performances and workshops on college campuses, school classrooms and community centers, with two notable appearances in the Boston area with the Dub Station band on July 3rd at Johnny D's in Somerville, and again with the Jeff Robinson Trio on August 8th at the Lizard Lounge.
A poet, educator and musician, kwe began his migratory journey in France at the age of ten. Dirges of Becoming is a collection containing four main moments: ‘The Abbey’, ‘The Orchard’, ‘The Castle’ and ‘The Hermitage’, which are the names of the boarding houses where he stayed between the ages of ten and seventeen years old. Also included is ‘The Wind’, a poem previously published by the University of Chicago’s Contrary Magazine in Spring 2003. kwe is the founder of the Word.Sound.Life. social network for media learning that links youth with mentors, providing opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing. His work is a meditation on the meaning of being human as it defines a new African presence on the world stage at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
Afro Roots Hop is a movement and catalyst to create social change through music, publishing and performance throughout the African Diaspora.