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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Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad  is the director of International Studies at Trinity College. New book is Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today (New Press) and Arab Spring, Libyan Winter, (AK Press). Recent essay on Hip Hop Occupies,

Vijay Prashad is the author of eleven books, most recently, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (The New Press, paperback 2008), which was picked by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop as the nonfiction book of 2008.

Prashad writes regularly in the media: as a columnist for Frontline magazine (Chennai, India), a contributing editor for Himal South Asia (Kathmandu, Nepal) and a contributing editor for Naked Punch Asia (Lahore, Pakistan). His web dispatches can be read at Counterpunch (, at ZNET ( and at Pragoti (

Prashad is on the board of the National Priorities Project (

Prashad was also featured in Jeff Chang’s book Total Chaos and participated in Jeff Chang’s Total Choas Panel at the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival 2008. At the 2011 festival, he led a panel entitled “Hip Hop and a New Global Horizon”.

Bakari Kitwana

Journalist, activist and curator of the Rap Sessions, Bakari Kitwana is the author of the landmark 2002 book The Hip Hop Generation, which Essence called “an insightful study of post-segregation Black culture and its influence on the world.” His most recent book is Hip Hop Activism in the Obama Age, in which Kitwana tracks the work of five major national hip-hop organizations, a larger part of the force that is driving the innovative marriage between hip-hop and civic engagement—The League of Young Voters, The Hip-Hop Congress, The National Hip-Hop Political Convention, The Hip-Hop Caucus and The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

Sujatha Fernandes

Sujatha Fernandes is a professor at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of the critically acclaimed books Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (Duke, 2006) and Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela (Duke, 2010), and most recently, Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation (Verso, 2012).
She has recently written an op-ed in the New York Times on the role of hip hop in the Arab Spring, and in the revolts in Africa:

Seth Markle (Trinity College)

Seth Markle is Assistant Professor of History and International Studies at Trinity College. He is currently working on two book projects, one that examines the impact of Tanzanian independence on the Black Power Movement in the United States during the 1960s/1970s, and the other on the history of Tanzanian hip-hop. A sample of his work is in his remembrance of the Geronimo Ji-Jaga, Godfather of Tupac Shakur, He is active in the production of hip hop culture in Hartford, through art and the radio.

Byron Hurt

Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a published writer, and an anti-sexist activist. His most recent documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. It was later broadcast nationally on the Emmy award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, drawing an audience of more than 1.3 million viewers. To date, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (BBR) has been selected to appear in more than 50 film festivals worldwide and The Chicago Tribune named it “one of the best documentary films in 2007.”

In addition to being a filmmaker, Hurt is a nationally respected activist. Since 1993, he has been using his craft, his voice, and his writings to broaden and deepen how people think about race and gender. His first film, I AM A MAN: Black Masculinity in America, is a 60-minute award-winning documentary that captures the thoughts and feelings of African-American men and women from over fifteen cities across the country. Hurt challenges audiences to interrogate the damaging effects of patriarchy, racism, and sexism in American culture.

As an activist, Byron has served as a long-time gender violence prevention educator. The former Northeastern University football quarterback was also a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics. Hurt is also the former Associate Director of the first gender violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.

Because of his work, Hurt has lectured at hundreds of campuses, presented at numerous professional conferences, and trained thousands of young men and women on issues related to gender, race, sex, violence, music, and visual media.

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Mikal Lee aka Hired Gun (New York)

THE HIRED GUN is a Hip Hop/Spoken Word educator, and performer extraordinaire. An affiliate of the American based International Hip Hop label Nomadic Wax, and head of “Fresh Roots”…his music and workshops have a specific focus: Roots, Truth, and Culture. Born in New Jersey and raised on Black pride, middle class numbness, a steady diet of racism, and DJ Red Alert, Hired Gun is beats, rhymes, and life for the everyman woman and child, “HG” can’t be fit into a corner or a box. The “educated hater, educator highly rated”, has not only traveled the world bringing real hard beats and real rap, but also works with youth while keeping the music fun and positive at the same time.

In 2008 he released “The People’s Verses” a critically acclaimed album recognized by such taste makers as Wake your Daughter up, Rhymehouse, Ohword, HipHopinformant and Hip Hop Linguistics with various cuts and music videos from the album getting exposure and being selected for year end awards. He also has been selected as one of URB magazine’s Next 1000 and recognized by 90.3 radio, The Voice of Harlem as 2009’s “Best New Artist on the Come up”. “HG” has appeared alongside legends, Rob Swift, Slick Rick, Fat Lip, J-Live, WordsWorth, Breezevahflowin and The Last Poets, in such famous venues as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Cafe, and the famed ARCA Theater in the Czech Republic. Since 2008 Hired Gun has toured extensively in Eastern Europe and South America. Most recently, during the summer of 2010 in support of his collaboration album “Skillz to Take Brazil” w/ partner Rabbi Darkside, and international artists from France and Brazil.In 2012, Hired Gun has released two EP’s “The Hits and Pieces” and later in 2012 will release a third EP, “The Hard Ship” which is a prologue to the upcoming full length album, “#niceguysfinish” due out in the fall of 2012.

Hired is also a arts educator for Urban Word NYC and Nomadic Wax spreading his message to question what’s going on in the world around you, to recognize the real, and work to make things better, starting with yourself. Emcee, Writer, Educator, Poet, Performer..Hired Gun brings whatever’s needed to get the job done.

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