Upbeat Beats At Hip-Hop Festival

Trinity College will be hosting the fourth annual International Hip Hop Festival on Friday and Saturday. The two-day event will include activists, graffiti artists, filmmakers, DJ’s and hip-hop stars from around the world.

Tickets are free, but you must register by e-mailing the coordinators.

Scheduled events include informative lectures, workshops, film screenings (with discussions), body painting, graffiti writing and a concert each night.

The annual event, which began in 2006, was created “to combat the disunity, segregation and violence of Hartford and Trinity College.”

Performing artists will include hip-hoppers from the Czech Republic, Haiti, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Somalia’s K’naan, who will headline the Saturday concert, has released three albums since 2005. K’naan is openly critical of American “gangster rap,” and has collaborated with artists including Mos Def, Nelly Furtado and The Roots.

For more information, visit the official Web site.

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