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Jeff Chang and Charlie Ahearn to Feature at 2015 Festival

Jeff Chang and Charlie Ahern will be among the featured presenters at the 2015 Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival on April 9-12, 2015.

Jeff Chang is the author of the seminal hip hop history Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop as well as his newest work Who We Be and Total Chaos: The Art & Aesthetics of Hip Hop.  Chang last appeared at the festival in 2007. He will moderate a panel entitled “Hip Hop: How Far Have We Come?”

Charlie Ahearn will be present for a screening of his classic hip hop film Wild Style and will present a Q&A session after the film with Brian Coleman. Ahearn will also debut his short film about the 2007 Trinity Festival.

In addition to the Wild Style Q&A with Ahearn, Coleman will also lead a panel “Preserving Efforts: Documenting Hip Hop History” with Chang and Ben Oritz from Cornell University’s Hip Hop Archive. Coleman is a hip hop historian and author of Rakim Told Me, Check the Technique and Check the Technique Volume 2.


March 27, 20141 year ago

Prolific Lineup at Trinity’s 9th International Hip-Hop Festival

Talib Kweli Will Headline 2014 Event

Hartford, Conn. – The 9th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns this spring from April 3to April 5, 2014, and will be headlined by Talib Kweli, an internationally acclaimed lyricist and hip-hop artist.  The 2014 event will feature two nights of concerts, plus an extensive lineup of lectures, workshops, panel discussions and films.  The event, free and open to the public, will feature performances from artists around the globe. 

Dubbed “hip-hop’s cerebral emcee” by Pitchfork in 2004, the Brooklyn-born Kweli was raised in a family of educators.  His mother is an English professor at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and his father is an administrator at Adelphi University on Long Island.  Kweli attended Cheshire Academy, a boarding school in Connecticut, and he later studied experimental theater at New York University before pursuing his career.

Click here to listen to “I Try” by Talib Kweli ft. Mary J. Blige.

Click here to listen to “Around My Way,” by Talib Kweli, ft. John Legend.

Click here to listen to “Soon the New Day,” by Talib Kweli ft. Norah Jones.


Other performers this year include Quilomboarte Collective (Mexico, Domincan Republic, U.S.A., Spain); Vox Sambou (Haiti); Shokanti (Cape Verde); Native Sun (UK/Mozambique); Black Noise (South Africa); Mandeep Sethi (USA/India); Jaro Cossiga (Czech Republic); and DJ Boo (U.S.A./Philippines). 


Highlights of this year’s festival include classes and panels with Trinity and outside academics, film screenings and director Q&A’s, a Boy/B-Girl battle and exhibition; an urban art exhibition, spoken word performances; a DMC regional DJ battle, which is a qualifier for the U.S. National DJ battle and international finals, among other events.  For a detailed schedule, visit: http://trinityhiphop.com/events   




9th Annual Festival Returns in April 2014

The 9th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns this spring from April 3rd to 5th, 2014. The theme for 2014 is “Youth Empowerment and Resistance through Hip-Hop” and will feature three days of lectures, films, workshops and panel discussions. Highlighting the event will be a spoken word event, regional talent showcase, the Friday night international b-boy battle, the DMC Hartford regional DJ battle and finishing off with the main concert on Saturday night, April 5th. Check back for the full schedule for the most up to date details.

April 2, 20131 year ago

8th Annual Trinity College International Hip Hop Festival: Official Trailer (2013)

Check out the latest trailer for the 8th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival featuring footage from last year’s event including Native Sun, Brother Ali, Los Rakas, the Cornel West theory, Sweatshop Union and all the amazing b-boys!

Check out the performers from this year’s festival at www.trinityhiphop.com/events/

April 2, 20131 year ago

Those Amazing B-Boy/B-Girls - 2012 Videos

At the 2012 Trinity International Hip Hop Festival, DecaDanceTheatre’s Megz & Taeko perform an excerpt from an abstract hip hop piece entitled “When the Sky Breaks”.

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