On the convergence of culture, politics, and art - OSHUN’s Thandiwe and Niambi Sala have chosen to march to the beat of their own drum. The D.C. natives have coined their own music style (Iya Sol) that is a cultural blend of neo-soul & hip-hop.
OSHUN’s message of love, peace, cultural awareness and spirituality has been featured at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, Kennedy Center, AFROPUNK, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYU’s Clive Davis Music Institute, SXSW, BB Kings in NYC, and throughout Brazil on a sold out summer tour (2017). OSHUN has also been recognized by major publications including Rolling Stone, NPR, Huffington Post, FADER, Complex, and VOGUE.
LATASHA, formerly known as Latasha Alcindor aka L.A., is an independent multimedia artist based out of NYC. She began her fluid musical journey at Wesleyan University as a Hip Hop spoken word playwright and poet. Through her form free art, she finds inspiration by using her roots as a catalyst allowing her to explore all genres from Hip Hop, soul, dance & electronica.
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In 2017 LATASHA became the first Hip Hop Artist in Residence at New York's unparalleled artist-led venue, National Sawdust. She has also been featured in NBC Left Field mini documentary, which focused on her transition from working in the financial industry to working as a full time independent creative. In 2018 she debuted her multimedia performance project, All A Dream: Intro to Latasha during Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays. Her performances tell her stories of navigating her Blackness and magik in a shifting world. She was also named 2018 Brooklyn Magazine’s 30 Under 30 and featured in media outlets like: XXL, Noisey, Okayplayer, Afropunk, Refinery29, The Fader and Remezcla.
Stephanie LawlySe Lawrence is a Harlem based musician, composer, DJ and producer. Studying music from an early age, Steph was drawn to the differences in sound. She is currently a resident of Hyperballad Music, a renowned music house and multi studio facility nestled in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn and plays the saxophone.
SassyBlack is a space-age singer, songwriter and producer. With roots in classica, hip-hop, and jazz, her music has been called “electronic psychedelic soul” and “hologram funk,” among other things. She is currently releasing a project a month on her bandcamp.
If Millie Jackson, Roxanne Shante, OutKast and Monty Python had a baby in the year 3030 you’d get SHASTA GEAUX POP! Completely uncensored and outrageously hilarious this icon brings you her signature brand of basement get-down party. If Bubble Yum met Colt 45… when opposites collide …if saltwater taffy threw a party. Crazy, irreverent and uplifting Shasta keeps it real with her gospel of laughter and her free flowing emcee style. With satire, contagious energy and sexy southern charms Shasta tackles naughty topics and pays sonic homage to the 80s/90s classic era of Hip-Hop teleporting the listener to elevated highs.
DJ AVG JO
DJ AVG JO is an award-winning NYC nightlife staple. A classically trained musician, sound engineer and tastemaker, Jo is fluent in reading the air of the crowd, as well as curating and creating music. Jo’s journey from bedroom beat-maker to stage performer began in 2004 as a songwriter, lyricist and music producer for a hip hop collective (s)he founded in Ithaca, NY. From there (s)he went on to help curate acts and perform in front of audiences in Chicago’s underground hip hop scene before landing in NYC as a DJ in 2010. Jo has DJ’d at some of NYC’s biggest venues and parties and co-created multiple underground DIY parties at Brooklyn’s secret venues. Their impeccable DJ skills and eclectic mixes have led to gigs in Miami, Boston, San Diego, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Montreal, and Chicago. Jo has weekly and monthly residencies at Henrietta Hudson, Hot Rabbit, Hill & Dale, Submit, Ace Hotel and several parties in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Jo was nominated for three GO! Magazine Reader’s Choice Nightlife Awards in the Best House, Best Hip Hop, and Best Mixes categories- winning the Best Mixes Award. When Jo isn’t DJing at clubs and bars in NYC, they are producing and DJing for the immersive dance experience, The Dance Cartel. They also DJ and produce for Shasta Geaux Pop, a hip hop music theater production which is being featured at The Public Theater in NYC January 2018. Avg Jo will be on a world tour this spring with Shasta Geaux Pop and will be appearing at hip hop venues and festivals all around the globe in 2018. Look out for Jo’s gigs and mixtapes at IG: @averagejothesavage and mixcloud.com/jocollura