SHOUT-OUT: A Festival of Rhythm & Rhyme was an explosively moving celebration of our first amendment rights. The collaborative, democratic spirit of Hip Hop blanketed the entire four days of intergenerational, multi cultural, cross-national expression.
Many of you experienced the living breathing poetics of legendary Amiri Baraka, HBO Def Poets Kevin Coval and Amalia Ortiz, Albuquerque’s own Hip Hop generation literati Carlos Contreras, Tanaya Winder, Sina Soul, Hakim Bellamy, Faustino Villa, Reed Adair, Olivia Gatwood, Joseph Andres Romero, Sirena Reyes and Chloe Reichelt.
Many of you were energized by sounds provided by the enigmatic Cecil Taylor, grammy award nominated Dafnis Prieto’s Proverb Trio, Albuquerque sonic heroes Saywut?!, Zack Freeman, Rodney Bowe, Dj Philos, and the Church of Beethoven. However, what a lot of you perhaps didn’t catch were Kevin, Amalia and me sitting in with Arcie Chapas on KUNM Radio, where we had a lively discussion of Hip Hop poetics and even shared some of our work.
We also had the pleasure to visit three different high schools. Many thanks to Cibola High School, RFK Charter School and Amy Biehl High School school for hosting us.
New Mexico Remix, my collaboration with the great LA graffiti muralist Chaz Bojorquez, was a rousing success. I created six performance poems about New Mexico, he took selected text and created an original, large-scale mural inside 516 ARTS.Chaz Bojórquez and Idris goodwin in front of New Mexico Remix
Special thanks to videographer Maria Friesen, who created a video backdrop documenting Chaz’s creation, in front of which I performed at the KiMo Theatre. We liked it so much we’re doing it again as an encore performance with Urban Verbs for the Revolutions International Theatre Festival before the mural sadly must come down.