Location: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Who I am and what I do seems to vary by mod, mood, and mode of expression. I write. I act. I perform. Most of the labels that are projected onto me are seldom how I would choose to refer to myself. Yet, regardless of how much I might dodge classification, the one label that I tote freely is that of being an artist. And it is the art of self expression that has heightened my experience on this planet and fueled my understanding of love, compassion, and humanity.
I write poetry because it is the clearest and most direct expression of how I think. I take pride in being called a poet mostly because it feels like an ordination. I did not grow up thinking of myself as a poet, so it is an honor to be considered one. So far, I’ve written four books that fall under the category of poetry. For me, they chronicle my growth as an artist, friend, lover, father, son, and individual. My goal has never truly been to become an amazing poet, rather I have worked at becoming more expressive, thoughtful, and harmoniously balanced, and courageous enough to live my life as a poem. My writings simply chronicle my journey and vision. They are the residue of the work that I’m doing on myself.
Osekre and The Lucky Bastards
Where They’re From: Brooklyn, New York (by way of Accra, Ghana)
When They Started: 2010
For Fans of: K’naan, Keziah Jones, Jupiter & Okwess International, Throes + The Shine
Genre: Afropop meets ska/punk
Sounds Like: Making something out of nothing and getting hyped off of life
“I always believed that my days were numbered, so I was in a big rush to get things done. My early encounter with death triggered something. An appreciation for life, the subject that became the main theme of my early work, up until now.”
Skipping from the school bench to the world stage, Patrice released his first EP and before graduation, walked across the stage to open for Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation Tour. He brought soul on tours with the original Black Eyed Peas, and once his album dropped, his career soared. His portfolio of music weaves aching blues, stirring soul, rebel punk and righteous reggae, leaving no room for labels.
Koku Gonza, the daughter of a native Tanzanian folk singer, has shared the stage with soulful heavy weight artists. Artist ranging from the living Jazz-Funk Fusion legend Roy Ayers, the Millennium Bluesman Anthony David the elegant Soulful-Siren Yahzarah, Songstress Maimouna Youssef and soul savvy songwriter Eric Roberson. Her mother from South Carolina, is also a musician. Her parents noticed her talents at an early age and immersed her in piano, vocal and dance activities.