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Q-Tip Is Kicking Off The Kennedy Center’s Inaugural Hip-Hop Culture Season

Q-Tip Is Kicking Off The Kennedy Center’s Inaugural Hip-Hop Culture Season

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A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip will kick off the Kennedy Center’s inaugural hip-hop season alongside jazz pianist Jason Moran.

The performance takes place on Friday, October 6, and is expected to last 75 minutes as Q-Tip and Moran “explore contemporary sounds at the crossroads of their respective genres in this one-night-only collaborative concert.” The performance is sold out but a free dance party presented by DJ Rich Medina and The Marksmen will be taking place afterward.

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Although the Kennedy Center has been presenting hip-hop for over 15 years it has never been a part of its institutional programming until now. The performing arts center tapped Q-Tip to serve as its first artistic director of hip-hop culture and Simone Eccleston as director of hip-hop culture and contemporary music.

“Goal number one is to provide a home for the culture: artists, organizations, and individuals interested in presenting hip-hop related programs,” Eccleston said in an interview with DCist. “One of the unique spaces we occupy is being able to provide a multi-faceted view. We can show hip-hop’s contribution to artistic areas across the board.”

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“No one anticipated how hip-hop would go from communities in The Bronx to become a worldwide phenomenon,” she added. “There is no space or place that hip-hop hasn’t affected.”

The series already features a number of forthcoming events including a B-boy and B-girl competition, a Wild Style film screening and discussion in honor of its 35th anniversary, and a live performance inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ Between the World and Me.


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