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2nd Annual Living Word Festival, Oakland, CA

Posted Oct 20 2008

This event reminded me of why hip hop is so important to my life and why I've made Oakland home. Free performances by three of my favorite performers-Mos Def, Goapele, and Los Rakas-would've been enough, but the Scraper Bike Expo, Graffiti Battle (sponsored by Samurai Graphix), Hood Games skate competition, and all around good vibes put this festival over the top. Youth Speaks was behind the eco-friendly festivities, while other performers included DJ Leydis, and Urban Word NYC as Marc Bamuthi Joseph hosted. In case we need more, Natural Builders constructed bamboo installations to educate folks on sustainability issues and I saw people ranging from Desi of The Weekend Wake Up to youth from Visual Elements to Sincere Justice mingling in the crowd.

Comments

1. Brother Sincere Justice said at October 20, 2008 10:52 am:

Peace Brother, I'm really feelin' the site; very much well put together - I'm going to continually check your site out. That day was one of the reasons I love Oakland.

2. Dominique said at January 13, 2009 10:38 am:

I believe this is a wonderful activity that has taking place in my community. This brings a lot of different backgrounds to the community. This also show that there is lots of people who are talented in there art work. I like how they have different things going on. They have a skate board ramps for the people who like doing that, also spoking word, and graffiti.

3. Adrianne said at January 13, 2009 10:45 am:

I think that it is activities like this that prove the true potential of the young people in our community. Oakland is a city that is rich in culture and talent and when festivals like this are put into place , it is like a attending a multi-cultural concert of positivity.

4. eva aka GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC record label said at February 26, 2011 4:02 pm:

I'm Eva manager for record label GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC and am submitting for consideration to play your event this year: Giant Girlfriend alternative girl fronted trip-hop band with MC ORUKUSAKI as MC out of Oakland, CA I can email you mp3's directly just let me know to whom's attention GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC record label HIGHLIGHTS bands: Giant Girlfriend: alt trip-hop, Chronic Narcosis: Trash metal, Black Dream: punk-rock & Spawn Atomic Horror-punk www.reverbnation.com/label/giantgirlfriendllc www.facebook.com/pages/Giant-Girlfriend/171145532923243 RECORD LABEL HIGHLIGHTS: Chronic Narcosis wins Battle of the Bands @ DNA Lounge Jan16 2011 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chronic-Narcosis/113203132034286?sk=info Chronic Narcosis played Haight street festival Giant Girlfriend playing on DAVE DARIN RADIO show http://www.davedarin.com/ for radio and TV May 26th 2011 Phoenix AZ Giant Girlfriend playing Phoenix AZ Comicon 2011 Fri-Sat May 27-28 2011 GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC Table at the AZ Phoenix Comicon 3 days selling band merchandise promoting the bands to over 14,000 people. http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/index.php?option=com_fjrelated&view=fjrelated&layout=blog&id=0&Itemid=50 Spawn Atomic & Black Dream featured bands & playing main stage at SF Indie Fest Feb 10th 2011 http://www.sfindie.com/ GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC endorsed by COFFIN CASE Black Dream and Chronic Narcosis signed under GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC Black Dream and Chronic Narcosis recording new albums for release 2011 Giant Girlfriend trip hop records and releases it's first album LIVING ON THE RIM Dec 2010 booked for 3 shows for 2011 Black Dream & GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC hosted a live Pirate Cat Radio shows streaming online radio www.piratecatradio.com/ photoshoot and "making of video" for rapper: NAKIMA "It's Cookies" http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1190204096 music video for Black Dream to be shot in April BANDS UNDER MANAGEMENT: Spawn Atomic SF Horror punk 4 piece band; influences: The Misfits, The Ramones, Nerve Agents (catchy horror-punk with great bass lines & guitar riffs) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spawn-Atomic/259025425791 Chronic Narcosis SF Thrash Metal 4 piece band; influences: Pantera, Sepultura, Slayer, Testament (playing the bay area for 8 years) www.facebook.com/pages/Chronic-Narcosis/113203132034286 Giant Girlfriend Bay Area 5 piece trip-hop girl fronted band featuring MC Orukusaki; influences: Gorillaz, Bjork, Kool Keith, Deltron 3030, Komeda www.myspace.com/giantgirlfriend Black Dream SF Russian/Irish 4 piece drop Kick Murphy's Oy Punk-Rock band; influences: The Ramones (playing the bay area for 9 years www.facebook.com/BlackDreamBand Please contact me about booking press kits, posters, artwork by our illustrator Alex Row, cd's can be mailed out & mp3's emailed, befriend us on facebook! GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC Record label & mgmt www.giantgirlfriend.com http://www.reverbnation.com/label/giantgirlfriendllc

5. eva aka GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC record label said at February 26, 2011 4:02 pm:

I'm Eva manager for record label GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC and am submitting for consideration to play your event this year: Giant Girlfriend alternative girl fronted trip-hop band with MC ORUKUSAKI as MC out of Oakland, CA I can email you mp3's directly just let me know to whom's attention GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC record label HIGHLIGHTS bands: Giant Girlfriend: alt trip-hop, Chronic Narcosis: Trash metal, Black Dream: punk-rock & Spawn Atomic Horror-punk www.reverbnation.com/label/giantgirlfriendllc www.facebook.com/pages/Giant-Girlfriend/171145532923243 RECORD LABEL HIGHLIGHTS: Chronic Narcosis wins Battle of the Bands @ DNA Lounge Jan16 2011 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chronic-Narcosis/113203132034286?sk=info Chronic Narcosis played Haight street festival Giant Girlfriend playing on DAVE DARIN RADIO show http://www.davedarin.com/ for radio and TV May 26th 2011 Phoenix AZ Giant Girlfriend playing Phoenix AZ Comicon 2011 Fri-Sat May 27-28 2011 GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC Table at the AZ Phoenix Comicon 3 days selling band merchandise promoting the bands to over 14,000 people. http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/index.php?option=com_fjrelated&view=fjrelated&layout=blog&id=0&Itemid=50 Spawn Atomic & Black Dream featured bands & playing main stage at SF Indie Fest Feb 10th 2011 http://www.sfindie.com/ GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC endorsed by COFFIN CASE Black Dream and Chronic Narcosis signed under GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC Black Dream and Chronic Narcosis recording new albums for release 2011 Giant Girlfriend trip hop records and releases it's first album LIVING ON THE RIM Dec 2010 booked for 3 shows for 2011 Black Dream & GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC hosted a live Pirate Cat Radio shows streaming online radio www.piratecatradio.com/ photoshoot and "making of video" for rapper: NAKIMA "It's Cookies" http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1190204096 music video for Black Dream to be shot in April BANDS UNDER MANAGEMENT: Spawn Atomic SF Horror punk 4 piece band; influences: The Misfits, The Ramones, Nerve Agents (catchy horror-punk with great bass lines & guitar riffs) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spawn-Atomic/259025425791 Chronic Narcosis SF Thrash Metal 4 piece band; influences: Pantera, Sepultura, Slayer, Testament (playing the bay area for 8 years) www.facebook.com/pages/Chronic-Narcosis/113203132034286 Giant Girlfriend Bay Area 5 piece trip-hop girl fronted band featuring MC Orukusaki; influences: Gorillaz, Bjork, Kool Keith, Deltron 3030, Komeda www.myspace.com/giantgirlfriend Black Dream SF Russian/Irish 4 piece drop Kick Murphy's Oy Punk-Rock band; influences: The Ramones (playing the bay area for 9 years www.facebook.com/BlackDreamBand Please contact me about booking press kits, posters, artwork by our illustrator Alex Row, cd's can be mailed out & mp3's emailed, befriend us on facebook! GIANT GIRLFRIEND LLC Record label & mgmt www.giantgirlfriend.com http://www.reverbnation.com/label/giantgirlfriendllc

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