“FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade” Returns to Detroit – Screens At Wayne State University – Nov. 11th



We are honored to announce that we will be screening our award winning documentary film, “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” at Wayne State University with the National Black Operations Business Association (N.B.O.B.A.) in Detroit, MI on Wednesday, Nov. 11th – 8pm -11pm!


Venue: General Lectures 150 (5045 Anthony Wayne Dr., Detroit, MI 48202)

An exclusive Q&A with the film’s Producer, Writer & Director, Jason Orr, will follow the screening!


Movie narrated by CHUCK D. (Public Enemy)

This award-winning film is the story of a cultural legend as told by the innovators of an important, and in some cases overlooked, era in Black culture. Spanning the late 1980’s through to the early 2000’s, this story goes deep into the fabric of soul music, it’s definitions, it’s pioneers, it’s offspring, it’s movements, the challenges with the “mainstream” industry as well as the evolution of the FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival, a music and artistic renaissance movement born out of Atlanta’s diverse musical and cultural arts heritage. The film covers the decade when Atlanta’s underground music scene became established on the world stage and a new generation of soul singers and musicians emerged. FunkJazz Kafé:Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement) also explores the question of how we got to live soul bands being non-existing in the commercial music landscape of the 21st century when there once was a plethora of soul and R&B bands since the creation of recorded music. Appearances by: Cornel West, Dick Gregory, Dallas Austin, Erykah Badu, Cee Lo Green, Jill Scott, Roy Ayers, Jamie Foxx, George Clinton, Andre 3000, Raphael Saadiq, Doug E, Fresh, Janelle Monae, Caron Wheeler, Larry Mizell, Joi Gilliam,  Lil John Roberts, Goodie Mob, Meshell NdegeOcello, Omar Lye-Fook, MC Lyte, Talib Kweli, Common, Jamal Ahmad, Anthony David, Ray Murray, N’Dea Davenport, Algebra Blessett, LeRonde Williams, Kevin Powell, Loose Ends, Bilal, Dionne Farris, Van Hunt, Eric Roberson, Donnie, Bone Crusher, Sticman of Dead Prez, DJ Kemit and Speech of Arrested Development.

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This film creates critical dialogue around the today’s lack of creative productivity and cultural responsibility as well as solutions leading towards cultural preservation, cultural sustainability and cultural innovation. We’ve had a marvelous time having this type of dialogue with students and art lovers in previous screenings, it’s proven to be more important to have these type of conversations in arts centers and college settings that inspire creative arts communities to consider the solutions discussed in this award winning film.


“FunkJazz Kafé: DIARY OF A DECADE” [Trailer]



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