UCR Department of Music
Wednesday@Noon via Zoom Performance
Antidote to C.O.V.I.D. (Creating On Video In Distance)
Dana Kaufman, coordinator
Hip Hop Emcee, Interdisciplinary Artist, Educator and Curator Mikal Amin shares music, message and his experience as we navigate the current pandemic.
Mikal (also known as The Hired Gun) performs a catalogue of conscious, fun and timely music reminiscent of native tongue and rawkus era records, interspersed with anecdotes of his time as US State Department music Ambassador, touring artist, and educator in NYC.
October 14, 2020
Wednesday, 12:00-12:50 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
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MIKAL AMIN A/K/A THE HIRED GUN
MC/Educator/Essayist/Curator – Roots. Truth. Culture. these three words sum up global master of the craft, Mikal Amin. An artist, emcee, educator and scholar recognized worldwide from the U.S. State Department, to Columbia University to the University of Dortmund in Germany, to the ciphers of New York City, Mikal’s reputation as emcee, and teacher is all-world. His black bohemian boom bap music has touched the ears, moved the hearts, and expanded the consciousness of crowds on five continents. Always seeking and searching, a new style griot who continues to spread love, the message and the mission. His latest album (released under his Indy imprint "Fresh Roots"), "The Passport" reflects his global Hip-Hop community as he features alongside musicians from seven countries.
A cultivator of the culture, he's the co-curator of the highly popular “Word. Sound. Power.” the exclusive springtime Hip Hop/Spoken Word performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Also a scholar and essayist he is published in the journal “Word Beats & Life” and co-editor of “Hip-Hop Language Arts: Thematic Textual Analysis” on Street Smart Press. Recently, added to the editorial board for the Equity and Excellence in Education, a peer review journal at the University of Amhersts, he's taught, lectured and written about Hip-Hop pedagogy and anthropology at the African Diaspora Conference in Brazil, The Shoko Festival in Zimbabwe, The University of Dortmund's “Hip-Hop” school and numerous other American colleges and universities.
Photo credit: Hollis King
• The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Dana Kaufman, coordinator.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pmVirtual Event
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