Doors: 20:00 Uhr
Line Up: Bahamadia, Rah Digga
Genre: Hip Hop
(Tickets coming soon)
Philadelphia native and futuristic female MC Bahamadia has lived and breathed music for years. She rose to hip hop prominence as the feamle protégée of Gangstarr’s Guru, releasing her first single in 1993.
nitially a DJ, Bahamadia switched trades when MC’s such as Sha-Rock (FUNKY 4+1 MORE), Lady B, and Salt & Pepa entered the rap game. Becoming one of the most sought after lyricists on the underground scene, Bahamadia earned the respect that allows her to declare in freestyle verse, “I’mma rap fanatic…phenomenal at it a syllable savage written or off the cabbage this chick is bananas.”
Her formidable rhyme skills, unceasingly honed since the earliest days of rap, and her progressive musical outlook, make her more than just an incredible MC. Bahamadia is an innovative talent acknowledged in various musical genres as a forerunner of tomorrow’s music.
In addition to being a respected songwriter/producer, Bahamadia serves as a positive role model and mentor for many upcoming artist, and a regular participant in educational lectures at universities, as well as in music conferences and seminars worldwide. In fact, many influential musical scholars credit her as being one of the original MC’s responsible for gaining Philly international acceptance in the “hip-hop” community in a major way.
She rocks crowds worldwide from South Africa, to London, and Romania and more. A former contributing writer for Stress Magazine in New York City, Bahamadia’s historic Philadelphia weekly radio show 103.9FM “BAHAMADIA’S B- SIDES”(circa 1997-1999), reigned as one of the highest rated radio shows in Philadelphia. ”BAHAMADIA’S B-SIDES” gave Philly radio listeners their first taste of then unknown artist like Eminem, Mos Def, and many of the Rawkus Records roster of artist during the late 1990’s. In a nutshell, “B-SIDES” showcased underground talent worldwide and served as a template for taste-maker forums such as “Now Hear This” presented by fellow Philadelphians The Roots. In Bahamadia’s words, “the show was designed to nurture grass-roots culture.”
Bahamadia has collaborated with a wide variety of her musical contemporaries. Although many of these collaborations have resulted in groundbreaking creations (for example, the track entitled “NEW FORMS”, produced by MERCURY AWARD winner Roni Size, was the first “Drum-n-Bass” track to feature a rap vocalist), works also include songs with Lauryn Hill, Morcheeba, Sweetback (Sade & Maxwell’s band), The Roots, King Britt, Ramsey Lewis (Jazzmatazz, Vol.2), Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, MC Lyte, Zap Mama, and more.
When asked why she chooses to work with such an eclectic range of artists, Bahamadia explains, „I do it in order to push the envelope and stop the music from being stagnant.“
Not only in demand for concert performances througout the United States, Bahamadia is invited to participte in many overseas tours, embracing fans in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, England, France, Poland and Australia, further honing her global „cult“ following, particularly in Tokyo, Japan – her largest fan base.
Now that she has helped set the stage for Philadelphia artists and other practitioners of her idea of „quality“ hip-hop to get their just due, she is breaking from behind the scenes, coming from the underground with her rap skills, b-girl glamour and quality glow.
Her new project „Here“ is set for release worldwide this SUMMER 2010 to the anxious, global hip hop community of purists, backpackers, and old and new school rap fanatics. The only thing between Bahamadia and that special glorified status is her next bash of „sonic gems“ and Here.