K'NAAN - Millennium Stage (February 27, 2009)
Hailing from war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, hip hop artist K’NAAN grew up during the Somali civil war. Despite speaking no English, he taught himself hip hop and rap diction. Critics have said K’NAAN has “a sound that fuses Bob Marley, conscious American hip hop, and brilliant protest poetry.”
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Play video Arrested Development - "People Everyday"
Arrested Development - "People Everyday"
The Millennium Stage is a FREE performance series and part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It features a broad spectrum of national and international performing arts companies, from dance and jazz, to chamber music and folk, comedy, storytelling and theater, every day of the year. Performances always begin at 6pm. You can join us in person or visit us online at http://www.kennedy-center.org/millennium/ There, we broadcast each night's performances LIVE as well as make over 2,500 past performances available in our video archives. For more information about Arrested Development, please visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=94552&source_type=B
Play video Shabazz Palaces - "Shine a Light" | LIVE at The Kennedy Center
Shabazz Palaces - "Shine a Light" | LIVE at The Kennedy Center
Shabazz Palaces is an avant-garde, Seattle-based Hip Hop duo, featuring Digable Planets alumnus Ishmael Butler and Tendai “Baba” Maraire. Presented as part of the Kennedy Center's DIRECT CURRENT inaugural season. Part of Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, March 17, 2018. Watch the full performance: https://youtu.be/HlUh0QPfNc4 Subscribe to The Kennedy Center! http://bit.ly/2gNFrtb
Play video Be Steadwell - "Who Have I Become" | LIVE at The Kennedy Center
Be Steadwell - "Who Have I Become" | LIVE at The Kennedy Center
Be Steadwell (with Asha Santee on cajón) performs "Who Have I Become" LIVE at The Kennedy Center. Be Steadwell is a singer-songwriter and filmmaker from Washington D.C. who uses her roots in jazz, a cappella and folk music to present a blend which she calls “queer pop.” In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Part of Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, November 15, 2016. Watch the full performance: https://youtu.be/3_vfY4j_ohQ Subscribe to The Kennedy Center! http://bit.ly/2gNFrtb
Play video Kendrick Lamar and the National Symphony Orchestra - "These Walls"
Kendrick Lamar and the National Symphony Orchestra - "These Walls"
On October 20, 2015, Kendrick Lamar and the NSO Pops delivered a one-night-only performance at The Kennedy Center featuring some of Lamar's biggest hits and cuts from his lyrical masterpiece “To Pimp a Butterfly”.
Play video Tap Dance Meets Beatbox - LIVE IMPROV! | Caleb Teicher & Christopher Celiz
Tap Dance Meets Beatbox - LIVE IMPROV! | Caleb Teicher & Christopher Celiz
Critically-acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director Caleb Teicher joined vocalist/beatboxer Christopher Celiz for a completely improvised collaboration on the Millennium Stage. Part of a Pre-Show performance for: National Symphony Orchestra DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents Jon Batiste, Kishi Bashi, and Joachim Horsley Ben Folds curates and hosts this unique “part concert, part party” event that defies the traditional classical music presentation by shining a spotlight on great live music performed by the NSO and special guests in a laid-back and relaxed setting. June 29, 2018 Subscribe to The Kennedy Center! http://bit.ly/2gNFrtb
Play video Top Notch 2017 at the Kennedy Center: Final Round
Top Notch 2017 at the Kennedy Center: Final Round
Watch the entire performance here: http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/index/M64180 Top Notch 2017: a 3v3 b-boy competition presented as part of the annual Words Beats & Life Festival. Watch as leading b-boys and b-girls from around the country defy the laws of gravity and compete for cash prizes, while legendary DJ’s spin the hottest tracks. The competition was judged by Box Won (KRS/Illadelphlave, Philadelphia), Ghost (Lionz of Zion, Virginia), and Kid Clyde (Dynamic Rockers, New York City). The event also featured DJ Ruggz (Breaks Kru, New York City) as soundmaster and Nemesis (Breaks Kru, New York City) and Trus Real (Lionz of Zion, Maryland) as MC. Fine Lines Paint Jam As a celebration of graffiti and fine arts, Words Beats & Life invited 30 D.C.-based artists to create live works of art at the Kennedy Center, complete with music from DJ Vico Vibez. This year’s Fine Lines Paint Jam drew inspiration from the classic Hip Hop film Wild Style. B-boy/b-girl culture and more was also explored with the panel discussion “Foundation: B-boys and B-girls in Hip Hop Culture” featuring Jorge “POPMASTER FABEL” Pabon, Honey Rockwell, B-boy Orko, and Joseph Schloss. Visit the Kennedy Center's Hip Hop Culture page at to learn more: http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/series/HHC Subscribe to The Kennedy Center! http://bit.ly/2gNFrtb