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Kama (Kenya)

Kama is most widely known for his role in the critically acclaimed hip hop group Kalamashaaka.  Formed in 1995 and known throughout Kenya as the RUN DMC of Kenya, the group consists of Kama, Oteraw and Johny from the Dandora ghetto of Nairobi. For over ten years Kalamashaka, and its affiliate Ukoo Flani Mau Mau, have been on the forefront of socially conscious hip hop in East Africa. The group received international recognition with its hit song ‘Fanya Mambo’ from its first album Ni Wakati (2001).  This led the group to sharing the stage with the likes of the Lost Boyz, Coolio and Dead Prez, to perform in several countries including Sweden, Holland, South Africa, Nigeria and Norway and to be featured in the award winning documentary film Hip Hop Colony.  Kam’s lyrics address crime, drug abuse, police brutality, and government corruption with a strong sense of social realism and lyrical creativity. In 2009, he released his first solo album Kamaa and is currently working on a second one titled, Hakuna Case.  Just recently, Kama delivered a lecture at the University of San Francisco taught by hip hop journalist and media activist Davey D on the history of anti-colonial struggle in Kenya and how it serves as source of inspiration for contemporary Kenyan hip hop artists.

Aisha Fukushima (United States/Japan)

Aisha Fukushima is a singer, public speaker, educator, writer & self-proclaimed ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist).  As leader of the ‘RAPtivism’ (rap activism) project, Aisha raises social awareness through connections between global hip hop & social justice. Since 2007 she has engaged in hip hop communities from France to Morocco, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark & beyond.

Growing up behind the scenes of the music industry, Aisha was exposed first hand to legendary artists who inspired the birth of hip hop such as James Brown, Funkadelic and The Stylistics. This eventually lead Aisha to create her own unparalleled vocal style blending soulful melodies, poetic lyricism and beatboxing. Fans compare Aisha’s music to the likes of renowned artists such as Lauryn Hill, Adele, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Jill Scott. Her influences also include Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Mos Def, and countless international hip hop acts.

In 2012 Aisha released her global “RAPtivism” (rap activism) album featuring more than 20 leading political hip hop acts from around the world including Black Noise (South Africa), Positive Black Soul (Senegal) & DJ Noize (Denmark). Additionally she has been featured on a number of albums including MAD lines’ “MAD Habits” (2012), Street Poet Inc.’s “Origins” (2012), Ras K’dee’s “Cloudwriter” (2011) & Emile YX?’s“Conscious Rhymes for Unconscious Times” (2010).

Political Animals (Connecticut)

Political Animals means to be human. Hip Hop is our culture. It is our way of life. Our Philosophy. The music that we make reflects our opinions, experiences, and views as one human or, as a collective ranging locally to globally. Through our music we promote everything from peace, love, unity, partying, social and self awareness. We also display the negative parts of life such as crime, abuse, oppression, violence, corruption and cruelty without glorifying it. We believe in balance instead of being a one trick pony. Hip Hop music does not actually have its own sound. It uses every style past, present, or future. Political Animals brings you just that. Hip Hop never died. You just can’t find too much of it on the television or the radio. True Hip Hop music is played in the small clubs, lounges, parks, basements, attics, school auditoriums, in the backyards of small towns, right to its birthplace, the streets of the inner-city.

Brown Rice Family (The World)

Brown Rice Family is today’s freshest world roots band jamming towards global solidarity and organic happiness. Guided by a strong belief in the natural flow of things, BRF provides the masses with a distinctively organic World Roots Music, which encompasses jazz stylings, afrobeat, reggae, rock, Latin rhythms, hip-hop, and funk.

The band was formed while its members were attending the City College of New York. Initially, BRF started off with two members, Yuichi and former member Joe Jang, who both met while taking the same music class. Both shared many things in common, among them were music and healthy eating and living. Both shared the belief that one should live in a healthy environment and eat naturally grown food. While flirting with their organic approach to living and music, they came across brown rice—one of the healthiest foods for human consumption. This led them to envision molding a band deeply rooted in a strong foundation, a band that not only creates great music but also creates music that makes its listeners feel alive. To make this connection between healthy living and music, they decided to name the band Brown Rice Family.

The band began to grow and is presently comprised of eight members hailing from all over the world—Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa and USA. The members’ diverse national backgrounds set the stage for their unique coexistence, their musical creativity and dance. The BRF sound is in the truest sense of the words, World Roots Music. The Brown Rice Family vibe is similar to Fela Kuti’s, but if Bob Marley and Antonio Carlos wanted to get on board for a gig, they would. BRF’s colorful sound waves will carry rhythm surfers on a musical journey that straddles ancient and contemporary global sounds. BRF takes a workshop approach when crafting their music. Each member’s input is examined with an open mind by all members before it’s placed in a musical frame for display.

BRF firmly believes in self-improvement and environmental improvement, and so the collective is perpetually seeking out healthier ways of living, grooving, and eating. And this belief is not only in their music, it stretches out into the crafting of the band-made “Brown Rice Family soap”. This soap is made of the most natural ingredients available from organic farmers and suppliers.

This “family” creates world rhythm driven music and dance that is nutritious for every age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, group, and occasion.

DJ Boo (USA/Philippines)

The exceptional DJ Boo has held down the 1s and 2s for EVERY Trinity festival!

Born and raised in New York, the youngest of four children, Boo was exposed to everything from Mozart, Kiss and Donna Summer to Led Zeppelin, Beethoven and Brand Nubian. He had a strong affinity to all things rhythmic, and when he was given the choice of musical instruments to learn he quickly chose the drums. Throughout his middle and high school years the drums were his means of musical expression. During this time he was introduced to the sounds of Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, and a daily dose of Hip-hop from Yo! MTV Raps. It was also during this time that his brother got his first set of turntables and Boo was then introduced to DJ’ing. Throughout his college years he DJ’ed school events, house parties, and small events in Manhattan. Although he greatly enjoyed DJ’ing, the use of the turntable as a viable means of musical expression never crossed his mind until he saw Roli Rho of The 5th Platoon performing a routine using duplicates of the 45 Kings “900 Number”. It was that performance that enabled him to see the turntables in a brand new light, and he spent countless hours relearning the craft. The time spent practicing and listening to music paid off and has led him down a path that has allowed him to share the stage with the likes of Kool G. Rap, Ghostface Killah, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Talib Kweli, Common, Uberzone, DJ Shortkut , and DJ Big Wiz to name a few. It has also allowed him to be involved with artists like Super Natural, Adagio, Consequence (of A Tribe Called Quest fame), Sharmaji and Quannum recording artists ApSci (Applied Science). Boo is currently working with The Juggaknots, Koba, Eternia and Nomadic Wax’s Global Underground All-Stars.

DJ Buddha LuvJonz (Laos/USA)

Born and raised in Bridgeport, CT. He is a graduate of Central High School (Bridgeport, CT) and also from the University of Connecticut with a degree in mass communications and marketing. Within the entertainment industry and among his peers, many people recognized Adrian by his stage name, Buddha LuvJonz. His deep appreciation for music and art has given him valued opportunities that has been displayed through his talents as a poet, DJ, actor, and designer; an all-around individual with a great passion for the art of self-expression.

Adrian felt that there was a major need for a platform to rejoice your creative force and the passion for change that would help breakdown a monotonous society, thus LUVJONZ ENTERTAINMENT, LLC was formed in 2008. It was solely created to help provide an outlet for art, music, poetry and fashion.the beginning of a movement, building a strong foundation to help uplift an artistic revolution within our generation that has been forgotten and left unheard.

Zee Santiago

Zee Santiago is a rising Hip Hop artist and an ambassador of Hip Hop culture. He has already achieved success in the industry opening for stars such as Drake, Big Sean, Lupe Fiasco, Fabolous, Red Café, Travis Porter, Camron, Juelz Santana, Mario, Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas, Mike Jones, Dj Unk, K’naan, & KRS-One. Zee shared the stage with these artists at legendary music venues like the Apollo Theater, SOB’s (Sounds of Brazil), New Yorican Poetry Café, Bowery Poetry Club, and Toad’s Place. He has also performed at renowned educational institutions such as Yale University, Trinity College, and Tufts University. Over the last eight years, Santiago has received media coverage from the BBC, NPR, The New York Post, The Hartford Advocate, The Chicago Tribune, and URB magazine for his music and contributions to Hip Hop culture.

In addition to moving audiences with his music, Zee inspires those around him as a grassroots organizer and distinguished brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. After being awarded a full tuition scholarship to Trinity College by the Posse Foundation, Zee founded the first college chapter of KRS-One’s Temple of Hip Hop, co-organized the Annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival, and completed his undergraduate degree in Anthropology. Always seeking an outlet to satisfy his passion for music and to learn more about the business, Zee successfully completed internships at TVT Records (2004-2005) and Atlantic Records (2008).

Zee Santiago recently completed his Master’s degree in American Studies at Trinity College, focusing on music and establishing himself as a Hip Hop academic. While pursuing his advanced degree he remained involved in organizing and performing at Hip Hop events throughout the north east. Zee worked with Hip Hop luminaries such as Jeff Chang (author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop), Charlie Ahern (Director of Wildstyle), Byron Hurt (Director of Hip Hop Beyond Beats & Rhymes) and Hip Hop pioneers like Grandmaster Caz, Tony Tone of The Cold Crush Brothers, DJ Disco Wiz, and Pop Master Fable of Rock Steady Crew.

Tentative Schedule for the 8th Annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival


***ID’s are a must because the festival is on a college campus***

Please note that all events will take place in Mather Hall.
More information will be posted soon!


  • Mather Hall Urban Art Gallery

Exhibit: Nard Star (South Africa)

Location: 2nd floor of Mather Hall


  • Underground Urban Art Gallery

Exhibit: Graffiti Around the World

Location: The Underground Coffeehouse, Basement of Mather Hall


  • Washington Room Art Gallery

Exhibit: A Collection of Urban Artists

Location: The Washington Room, 2nd floor of Mather Hall


  • What Is Hip Hop? The Local as the Global Video Project Screening

Location: The Rittenburg Lounge, 2nd floor of Mather Hall


8:00am – 10:00pm: Registration
Location: The Underground Coffeehouse, Basement of Mather Hall

8:00am – 4:30pm: In-Class Hip Hop Lecture Series

8:00am-9:15am: HIST 332: African Nationalism & Decolonization (Markle)
Lecture: Carol O’Connor/Teddy Yo: Hip hop as an Educational Tool in Ethiopia/Ghana

9:25am -10:40am: HIST 256: Human Rights in Latin America (Euraque/Cardenas)
Lecture: Bocafloja

10:50-12:05:  HRST: Intro to Human Rights Studies (Cardenas)
Lecture: Turntables in the Camps with Martin Fernando Jakobsen

10:50-12:05: AMST 210: Doing Culture (Baldwin)
Lecture: Intersection of Arts and Culture with Ian Kamau

1:15 – 2:30: HISP 331:The “Boom” and Beyond (Robyn)

1:30pm-2:45pm: HIST 229 Middle East Since 1517 (Antrim)

1:30 – 2:45pm: INTS 325 Anthropology of Islam (Bauer)

1:15-3:55: FILM 201: Basic Filmmaking (Molomot)
Lecture: Nomadic Wax: Hip Hop Filmmaking
Shoot a music video during the festival?

1:30-2:45: INTS 212: Global Politics (Anderson)

2:55pm-4:10pm: AMST 255 American Icons (Seidman)
Lecture: Hip Hop Ourstory with Minister Server

2:55-4:10 pm: INTS 101: Intro to Latin American & Caribbean World (Euraque)
Lecture: Dave McLaughlin Brazilian and Cuban Hip Hop

12:15pm – 1:15pm: Common Hour Event
*More information will be posted soon.
Location: The Washington Room, 2nd floor of Mather Hall

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Film Screening of Mongolian Bling and Talkback with Director Benj Binks
Location: Cinestudio, Clement Chemistry Building off the Lower Longwalk
Moderator: Lauren Knapp, MTV-U Fulbright Recipient in Mongolia
Description of Film: Forget about nomads and monks, it’s hip hop that’s making Mongolia move in the 21st century. Mongolian Bling jumps into the thriving music scene in the capital; Ulaanbaatar, and follows stars as they rap nationwide.

7:00pm – 8:30pm: Spoken Word Workshop with Urban Word NYC
Location: Terrace Room B, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall
Facilitators: TBA

10:00pm – 2:00am: Live Medium
Location: The Washington Room, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall
This will be an evening of spoken word, jazz, samba, live painting, and body painting.
Kemet Maroon (United States)
L NuNuu Smith (United States)
Giovanni Quattrochi (United States)

Zulynette “Wonder Woman” Morales (United States)

Ian Kamau (Canada/Trinidad)

Qusharia Perry (United States)

Oktober Brown (United States)

Mind Evolution (United States)

and more.

Trinity College’s Samba Ensemble (United States/Brazil)
Trinity College’s Jazz Ensemble (United States)

Visual Artists:

Corey Pane (United States)

Anaiken Udofia (Nigeria)

Kev Hernandez (United States)

Martha Dane (United States)

John Moran (United States)


9:00am – 6:00pm: Registration
Location: The Underground Coffeehouse, Basement of Mather Hall

12:00pm – 2:00pm: Urban Flee Market
Location: The Washington Room, 2nd floor of Mather Hall
Hartford Denim Company
Nomadic Wax
World Hip Hop Market
Aisha Fukushima
Corey Pane

10am – 2pm: Hip Hop Artist Lecture Series

10:00am – 10:45am: RAPtivism with Aisha Fukushima (United States/ Japan)

11:00am -11:45am:

12:00pm – 12:45pm: BocaFloja

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Ian Kamau

2:30pm – 4:30pm: Film Screening of United States of Africa
Location: Cinestudio, Clement Chemistry Building off the Lower Longwalk

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Hip Hop Dance Master Class

5:00pm – 6:45pm: Cinematic Cyphers
Various houses on campus will host dinners that will include short films about hip hop from various regions and discussions about the film. In a nutshell, it will be good cuisine, good cinema, and good conversation.


Hip Hop in Asia
Location: AASA,
Film(s): Lyrical Empire: Hip Hop in Metro Manila (Philippines)
Untitled the State of Hip Hop in Shanghai (China)
Facilitator: Professor Bayliss and Professor Bauer, Trinity College

La Eraca: Hip Hop in Latin America and the Caribbean
Film(s): A Short Radiography of Hip Hop in Cuba  (Cuba)
Facilitator: Professor Alex Jacky and Professor Eric Galm, Trinity College

Umoja: Hip Hop in Africa
Film(s): Hip Hop Burkinabé (Burkina Faso)
H-Town Hip Hop (Zimbabwe)
Facilitator: Professor Seth Markle and Magee McIlvaine

House of Peace: Hip Hop in the Middle East
Film(s): Hiphopistan: Representing Locality in a Global City (Turkey)
Facilitator: Professor Zayde Antrim, Trinity College

Cleo of AX and EROS: Sexuality and Hip Hop in North America
Film(s): Hip Hop Homos (United States)
Facilitator: Professor Robert Corber, Trinity College

The Mill: Hip Hop in Australia

I-House: Hip Hop In Europe

Hillel: Hip Hop in Israel

7:00pm – 10:00pm: Bboy/Bgirl Battle and Exhibition
Location: The Washington Room, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall

10:00pm-2:00am: The Jam @ The Washington Room
Location: The Washington Room, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall
Hosts: Hired Gun (United States)
Aisha Fukushima (United States/Japan)
Brown Rice Family (United States/Japan/Nigeria/Haiti/Jamaica)
Political Animals (United States)
Teddy Yo (Ethiopia)

Ian Kamau (Canada)

    Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen


10:00am – 8:00pm: Registration
Location: The Underground Coffeehouse, Basement of Mather Hall

9:00am – 3:00pm: Youth 4 Change Conference

10:00am – 8:00pm: Live Graffiti Exhibition*
Location: The Gates Quad, in front of Mather Hall
* To get spray paint, you must register online. Here is the link:

11:00am – 12:30am: Panel Discussion: Women in Hip Hop Around the World
Location: Terrace Room B, 2nd Floor Mather Hall
Moderator: Dr. Donna-Dale Marcano, Professor of Philosophy at Trinity



Lah Tere, co-founder of Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen
Las Krudas, a queer, feminist hip hop duo from Cuba
Marcy DePina,DJ, producer, television host, ethnomusicologist, manager, PR guru and more

Goldie Deane, founder and director of F.R.E.S.H.H Inc

Anna Oravcova, Faculty of Social Science at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

Aisha Fukushima, RAPtivism

12:00pm – 4:00pm: DMC Hartford DJ Battle
Location: The Washington Room, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall

3:00pm – 4:30pm: Panel Discussion: Local as the Global: Hip Hop and Human Rights Through Education
Location: Terrace Room B, 2nd Floor Mather Hall
Panelists: Mandeep Sethi, co-founder of SlumGods
Martin Fernando Jakobsen, founder of Turning Tables

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Local Hip Hop Showcase
Location: The Cave Patio, in front of Mather Hall

HiFadility (Boston, MA)

Swageé (Hartford, CT)

Chazz Giovanni (Harlem, NY)

Dina Brass (Hartford, CT)

Chief 69 (Bronx, NY)

Joey Batts (Hartford, CT)

Kyle Young (East Hartford, CT)

Puma Simone (New Haven, CT)

Dom McLennon (East Hartford, CT)

Chief 69 (Bronx, NY)

Lilah (Boston, MA)

Latrell James (Boston, MA)

Luis Henrique Canyada (Bronx, NY)

Emaje (Hartford, CT)

Prestige (Hartford, CT)

KenKenX (Bridgeport, CT)

8pm – 2am: The Local as the Global Main Stage Hip Hop Concert
Location: The Washington Room, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall

Lah Tere (United States)

Baba Israel (United States/Australia)


DJ Boo (United States/The Philippines)
DJ Token (United States)
DJ BuddhaLuvJonz (United States/Laos)
Faso Kombat (Burkina Faso)
Mandeep Sethi (India)
Chromatics (Trinidad)

The Welfare Poets (United States/Puerto Rico)

Boikutt (Palestine)

Las Krudas (Cuba)

Rael da Rima (Brazil) Headliner: A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg (United States/Trinidad)


11:00:am – 3:00pm: Community Service Day
Location: The League of Xtraordinary Youth, 152 Francis Avenue

Trinity Hip Hop Festival 2011: Exhibition B-Boy Battle (El Nino vs. Neguin)

In April 2011, the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival hosted its biggest b-boy event in its six year history! Headlining the event was a rematch from the Red Bull BC One World Championships 2010 between Boston’s El Nino and Brazil’s Neguin, who ended up taking the world champion title. The event was arranged by two of the world’s largest b-boy organizations: Mighty 4 ( and Zulu Nation (local Chapter 860/Underground Coalition) along with Trinity College, Nomadic Wax and World Hip Hop Market.

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