2016 Performers

Jonathan Santos

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe57hIysgOP-Bc93Z7WXJFA

Like the revolution will not be televised from Gil Scott Her, Johnathan Santos, is a divinely sent musical messenger of our times. From his most recent CD, Changing the World By Changing me...Johnathan headlines the Saturday nite Conscious Party!

Precise Science

Hip-Hop & Spoken Word

Ruffmic; Emcee, Producer, Artivist

FreedomWriter; Poet, Artivist

D.J. Wah-heed

Nattilovejoys

A Reggae Band residing in Tennessee. Former Congos bassman and Sonia Marla from Love joys girl group who has a song on Xbox game Saints Row. She is also the creator of CampReggae music festival. They play roots reggae and world music.

Dj Wah-Heed

http://www.djwah-heed.info/

DJ Wah-Heed was born in Brooklyn, NY and has been playing records since the age of 1. He is greatly influenced by his late Caribbean parents’ love of music, playing everything from World Beat to Funk, Gospel, Jazz, R & B, Motown, Rock, Reggae, Soca and oldies. Around 1979 after Wah-Heed heard King Tim III (Fatback Band) at Brooklyn’s Labor Day Parade, Hip-Hop took over and Rap music was included in the family record collection. Knowing no DJs personally, Wah-Heed in 1980 taught himself how to scratch 45’s and started learning how to deejay in 1984. 

 

Once he was able to convince his father to buy some turntables for Christmas, he spent many days after school learning various DJ techniques inspired by Grandmaster Flash, Africa Bambaataa, Kool Herc, Grandwizard Theodore, Grandmixer DXT, Mix Master Ice, Marley Marl, Red Alert, Chuck Chillout and the numerous DJ pioneers of that era. Wah-heed  has been playing at parties since 1985 and even started producing in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s as a creative outlet. He has also competed in manyDJ  battles, becoming the 1999 Mars Music Spin-off champion in Catonsville MD, winning 1st place in the 2003 Baltimore Guitar Center Spinoff, and placing as a top ten finalist in DMC for the 2003 D.C. Regionals and 2005 Baltimore region.

 

But for several years his focus has been primarily on reaching as many people as possible through music as an open format DJ. Wah-heed  served as the DJ at a VIP Party for the legendary Harry Belafonte. He also opened for various acts on the main stage at the 2009 Inaugural Peace Ball hosted by Andy Shilah, owner and founder of Busboys & Poets at the National Postal Museum in D.C., and the 2013 Inaugural Peace Ball at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage. He opened for Sweet Honey In The Rock, Sahel, and Yasin Bey f.k.a. Mos Def. He served as a member of the conscious Hip-Hop and Spoken Word group Precise Science and is currently the musical director for Mixtape Block Party Radio broadcasting online at Listenvision Studios www.listenvistion.com. WLVS every Friday from 6 - 8 pm.  Music contributor to www.onthegroundshow.org whi ch airs every Friday 11am-12pm on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington DC.

The Faerie Kin

http://faeriekin.com/

The Faerie Kin are an enchanting troupe of stiltwalkers and ground beings that bring magic, delight, and love to gatherings, festivals, weddings, schools, and communities. Our intent is to uplift hearts and minds, as well as raise awareness about important ecological issues through song, dance, story, and blessings. We offer original songs, theater, and choreography to folks of all ages through roaming sets, classes, workshops, and retreats.

Gypsy Phoenixfire

Gypsy Phoenixfire is an eclectic Priestess that has studied many religious traditions, including Egyptian/Kemetan, Vodun, Native American, Nordic, Wiccan, Buddhism and Hinduism. She has focused on the Yoruba/Lucumi traditions for 21 years. She also has a BA in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Religious Studies. She speaks 5 languages. 


Gypsy has been attending festivals for 25 years as well as hosting several and assisting with many. Gypsy writes her own music, coining the genre Neo Pagan Spirituals. She also sings traditional Yoruba praise songs, as well as writes new ones in Yoruba & Lucumi for the Orisha. She also plays djembe drum and enjoys dancing in ecstatic prayer. 


Gypsy will be sharing her music at the circle, her favorite place to be! 

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