In celebration of the May 21st FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival, we are having a special panel on “The Preservation, Sustainability and Innovation of Atlanta’s Cultural Arts & Music Scenes” and FREE screening of our award winning documentary film, “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” on May 19th at Gallery 72 (72 Marietta Street). The panel starts at 7pm and the film screening will begin at 8pm so RSVP and come early due to limited seating!!!
This event is supported by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.
You must RSVP to enter!
For those unfamiliar with the FunkJazz Kafé legacy, this will be a great way to educate yourself on Atlanta’s music and cultural arts history prior to the May 21st FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival!!!
The panel will include FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival creator, Jason Orr, Rico Wade (Organized Noize), Dr. Maurice Hobson (Professor of of African American Studies at Georgia State University), Speech (Arrested Development) and educator/model/artist, A Lady Named Pearl.
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, Caron Wheeler, Larry Mizell, Joi Gilliam, George Clinton, Cee Lo Green, Jill Scott, Roy Ayers, Jamie Foxx, Raphael Saadiq, Lil John Roberts, Goodie Mob, Doug E, Fresh, Janelle Monae, Meshell NdegeOcello, Omar Lye-Fook, MC Lyte, Talib Kweli, Common, Jamal Ahmad, Anthony David, Ray Murray, Andre 3000, N’Dea Davenport, Algebra Blessett, LeRonde Williams, Kevin Powell, Loose Ends, Bilal, Dionne Farris, Van Hunt, Eic Roberson, Donnie, Bone Crusher, Sticman of Dead Prez, DJ Kemit and Speech of Arrested Development.