This is the second Spoken Word and Hip Hop Institute hosted by the MN Spoken Word Association (MNSWA) and the University of Minnesota’s English Department. This summit will bring together a number of distinguished Hip Hop and Spoken Word practitioners, scholars and poet-scholars from the Twin Cities and the Midwest. Highlights of the summit include networking, classes and workshops, a citywide performance showcase/finale, and open discourse around the practice, integration, and possibilities of spoken word poetics and hip hop in classes, research, community work, and curriculum.
After the participation of over 1000 people, including over 175 nomination ballots and over 30 judges in the spoken word and spoken word related communities in Minnesota and beyond, ranging from artists to organizers to promoters to press, and noted artists in the field, the winners of the 2009 Urban Griots Awards were announced at the Awards ceremony on April 3rd at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. With an audience of over 300 artists and fans, including a number of noted groundbreakers in the community, the Awards show was a resounding success. Votes were cast from locales as distant as Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, and many parts of the U.S., for 32 categories, with Peoples Awards and a Judges Awards being presented for each category, with the exception of the Hall of Fame categories, where there votes were combined to determine the inductees. In addition, a special Outstanding Contribution category was created and awarded to e.g. bailey, for all his work and efforts to create and organize the Urban Griots Award.
An evening of historic recognition, noted nominees, awards, music and dance highlighting the magnitude of the celebrated Spoken Word community in the Twin Cities and beyond. Not to be missed performances by Twin Cities finest spoken word artists, bands, and DJs. The official 2009 National Poetry Month kick off, this evening is one of the most culturally diverse artistic gatherings held this year. A night to Celebrate and Remember!!
Curated by Laurie Carlos and e.g.bailey as part of the Non English/ Speaking Spoken Here Late Nite Series, the event will be an unprecedented evening of poetry, DJing, and electrifying Hip Hop layered with Spoken Word bringing together Miguel Algarin from New York with Twin Cities artists, Los Nativos, Tatiana Ormaza, and Emmanuel Ortiz.
The MN Spoken Word Association proudly presents the kick off tour of Spoken Word artist, Jessica Care Moore also featuring BLACK Elephant and Twin Cities female spoken word artists, on Saturday June 21, 2003 at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union (CMU) Theatre.
The art of spoken word is an ancient art form rooted in the oral tradition recognized in the griot tradition of Africa, the bardic tradition of Europe and the Middle East, the itinerant Tamil poets of India and the cantos singers of South America. Spoken word as it is practiced today is a rhythmically based performance of poetry that is steeped in influence of these traditions. Recognizing the rise of spoken word as an art form in the community in the last 10 years, the Minnesota Spoken Word Association presents the Twin Cities first symposium dedicated to the art of spoken word.