San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
KRS, an acronym for “Knowledge Reigning Supreme”, has been called the “conscience of Hip Hop” (Rolling Stone), “the greatest live emcee ever” (The Source), the “spokesperson for Hip Hop” (Wall Street Journal), “Master Teacher” (Universal Zulu Nation) and the “son of Hip Hop” (Kool DJ Herc). With 20 published albums to his credit and his numerous appearances with other artists, KRS-One has literally written the most rhymes in Hip Hop’s history. In the 1990s as “hip-hop” grew more and more commercialized and corporate, it was KRS-One who openly rejected such cultural exploitation and grounded Hip Hop in its original principles of peace, love, unity and safely having fun. Teaching everything from self-creation to stopping violence; from vegetarianism to transcendental meditation, from the establishment of Hip Hop Appreciation Week (every third week in May), to establishing Hip Hop as an international culture at the United Nations (2001), KRS-One has single-handedly held the history and original arts of Hip Hop together now for over two decades. www.krs-one.com
Souleye has come a long way to arrive at his full-length debut, Iron Horse Running, every inch of the album's invigorating and infectious alternative Hip Hop finds Souleye culling his past, present and even future with bravery and clarity. Ever since growing up in Massachusetts, the rapper was prolific and prone to stream of consciousness freestyling. In his teen years, Souleye began freestyling at local parties. Soon, rap had become his main focus in life. Since 2002, he's released 7 independent albums, including Flexible Morality, Universal Alchemy and Intergalactic Vibes. He toured with artists as diverse as jam band mainstays The String Cheese Incident and dub step pioneer
Zahira Soul "The Pure Soul Songstress"
Zahira Soul's pure powerful and resonant voice has inspired audiences all around the world. Her ability to captivate a crowd is reminiscent of legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige and Lauryn Hill. Her unique style is a full spectrum of all cultural flavors
and musical genres forming an expression that is all her own. Her recent musical release is the highly anticipated album Resonate, which is a sonic journey of soul awakening from beginning to end, that will leave you with a feeling of self discovery and joy inside your heart. Be on the look out for this unforgettable medicine artist as she rises to the top of musical integrity and legendary status.
Arkendo Kongila (Live Dance Performance)
When & Where
The Hip Hop Medicine Nation is giving birth to a new era of Hip Hop, bringing together