The name of the festival might be a bit unfamiliar, but for local hip-hop fans the stellar lineup certainly won't be. The Hip-Hop Harambee Block Party is set to take place on Saturday, September 15 in the Nomad World Pub parking lot on the West Bank of Minneapolis.
Talib Kweli and his live band are headlining the all day hip-hop festival, which will also feature performances from Sims and Lazerbeak from Doomtree, Big Zach, Audio Perm, Meta, Sean Anonymous, and many other local hip-hop acts.[jump]
Harambee [huh-rawm-bay] is a work chant used on the East African coast, as well as a rallying cry used in Kenya, and it means "pull together" in Swahili. The festival's slogan of "One Day, One Community, One Love" will certainly help foster a welcoming, unified atmosphere at the block party, as will the uplifting, energizing rap music that will be on offer throughout the day and night.
The festival, which is presented by Be Scene Mpls and True Mutiny, is set to run from 2 until 10 p.m. on September 15, and will be held outside in the parking lot of the Nomad World Pub located at 501 Cedar Avenue South. Advance tickets for the Hip-Hop Harambe Block Party are $10, and can be purchased online here. You can also buy tickets at Fifth Element, Electric Fetus, Milo's On Fourth, and Discland in Bloomington.
The current list of performers set for the Hip-Hop Harambee Block Party are:
Talib Kweli (w/ live band)
Sims of Doomtree w/Lazerbeak
Manny Phesto & Axel Foley
Grittee Committee (Greg Grease x Freez of Illuminous 3)
Mike the Martyr
with host Alicia Steele and the live jazz band, Liquid Electric Blanket.