Trinity Hip Hop Festival

March 29-31, 2019 | Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut

For more information: Facebook.com/trinityhiphop 

The form can be downloaded from Dropbox

Presented in partnership with Trinity College, the City of Hartford, Nomadic Wax and Notable Productions. 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 

The Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival and Conference is seeking submissions for performers and presenters for their 14th annual event to be held at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut on March 29-31, 2019. This year’s theme is “Hip Hop: Transcend the Norm”. How can you be unique in a culture where anyone can record and video themselves and post it online? Fame can come quickly, but how does one transcend fame to build a career and deliver a message? How does hip hop allow you to transcend? 

Submissions focused on these topics are preferred, although anyone is able to apply with presentations/performances centered on social or political change, hip hop education, hip hop history or similar. 

Submissions will be accepted in the following categories: Performers (hip hop artists, MCs and/or DJs), presenters (lecture or workshop), panel discussions, film screenings, dance groups/judges (b-boy/b-girl and all styles), graffiti artists, spoken word artists, music producers, and hip hop photographers. 

About the Festival 

The festival was started by students as a way to unite disparate communities – academic, racial and economic – using hip hop culture in all of its forms and drawing from the international hip hop community. The festival has grown to become an annual meeting place for champions of social change: professors and students, artists and activists, educators and event promoters, and people from all manner of hip hop related grassroots and non-profit organizations descend on Hartford for several days of connecting, learning, sharing and inspiring each other. 

In the last thirteen years, we have hosted artists and presenters from over 50 countries. Although many of the people did not know each other coming in, as one first time attendee put it, “It felt like a family reunion!” A strong tie exists between attendees from shared beliefs in hip hop culture and social awareness. Everyone leaves feeling energized, inspired and more connected to fellow practitioners from around the world. 

Each festival also runs concurrently with a one-day youth conference, sponsored by the City of Hartford. Hartford-area teens meet in their own “youth only” events, and also sit in on some of the open panels and performances. Hip hop artists – who would perform later that night – teach groups of students about beatboxing, freestyling, a variety of dance forms and more. This youth outreach continues to grow and strengthen the college-community bond. 

PRESENTERS: 

Please submit up to 300-word proposal for a presentation of scholarly work, lecture, panel discussion, workshop, or a film screening at the festival. Please include the type of presentation you are proposing, any technical requirements plus name and contact information. Film proposals should include film length and a link to the trailer (if possible). Submit your proposal to trinityinternationalhiphop@gmail.com Due Wednesday November 21st, 2018. 

PERFORMERS: Please submit artist/group information, EPK, links to web site and live performance videos (if possible). We are only able to book 7-8 groups each year and seek to balance by countries of origin, languages and gender with a mix of live bands and MC/DJ combos. Artists who can also provide a presentation (see above) is a plus, but not required. 

Submit your proposal to trinityinternationalhiphop@gmail.com Due Wednesday November 21st, 2018. 

Notices indicating the acceptance of your submission will be sent by Friday December 21st, 2018 

 

African Dance: Between the Continent & the Diaspora

This is a short video created for one of our classes to show the similarities in contemporary dance in African & African American cultures. It looks at dances like azonto, the Harlem shake, eskista, hit the Quan, gwara gwara, & others. We’re posting it in hopes that it can be a resource for others.

A Fulfilling Festival

This year, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Trinity College’s International Hip Hop Festival. I visited the festival with a couple of classmates and my teacher, and it was an experience that I’ll never forget. Continue reading “A Fulfilling Festival”

African Battle Cry

Video taken at the African Battle Cry held in December 2017 in Cape Town by Heal the Hood.

Trinity International Hip Hop Festival Video p.1

When the East is in the House…

Always wanted to hear the classic Blahzay Blahzay song “Danger” in a hip-hop track from East Africa. This is a video of images and footage of East African hip hop artists (Tanzania, Uganda, & Kenya) with “Danger” playing in the background.

30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 10 B-Boys

30 days of Tanzanian hip hop: Day 10 – B-Boys. Breakdancing is another element of hip hop. TZ doesn’t have a big B-boy scene like Uganda or South Africa, but groups like Saving Underground Artists (SUA ) understand the importance of including all of the elements of hip hop. This image came from the Okoa Mtaa festival in Arusha put on by SUA. They had Wachata doing graffiti, B-boys, DJs, and a bunch of emcees.

SUA is one of the most active and positive organizations promoting hip hop culture. They are based in Arusha, which is a city that is serious about hip hop culture. SUA organizes workshops, concerts, and outreach for youth. I have so much love for SUA, what they stand for, and what they do.

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*30 days of TZ hip hop is to show some of what I experienced the past year in Tanzania.

More Ugandan Hip-Hop

As most already know Hip-Hop comes in all shape and forms, from to the B(Boy), to the DJ, to the Graffiti artist, to the Rappers and Poets. In Uganda it is the same, but its impact on the country is far greater than its impact in the Americas to me. In America usually the artists are using these talents they have to become star and make it big. In Uganda artists are using there talents to reach the lost youth and provide a different from of outlet for them rather than crime or running wild with no real guidance. for Example in Uganda some Bboys have taken it upon them selfs to use hip-hop as a tool in order lure the youth so they can teach them and show them other forms of expressing who they are.. These BBoys are known as Uganda’s,  “Bouncing Cats”

These BBoys shows how breaking and other elements of hip hop can bring youth from different tribes together peacefully and help them all to rebuild a sense of pride and identity as individuals and as african people.

And Not Only Are the fellas Doing their Part in the HipHop game but the ladies are doing their part as well. Considered one of the best female Hip Hop artists in Uganda, she goes by the name of Keko.

Keko is a Ugandan artist who comes from Tororo a. With her cool swag  she has made a major impact on the rap game in Uganda, and is a major inspiration for more upcoming young female artists who feel they’re voices have not been heard in this genre of music expression.

Hotep… Family… Bless