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NMF'23 Headline Concert
2024 New Music Festival

Headliner Concert

in collaboration with the Town of Hanover
April 19, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Music Department season. This is an archived view.

A springtime block party welcoming students and the wider Hanover and Upper Valley communities with performances ranging from R&B to neo-soul to hip-hop to DC's own go-go music.

New Music Festival

The 2024 New Music Festival headliner show brings together artists from Washington, DC and Columbus, Ohio for a springtime celebration in collaboration with the Town of Hanover. While the Hop building is under renovation, we're excited to take the festival outside for a block party that welcomes both students and the wider Hanover and Upper Valley communities. Featuring DJ Sonicc Blush, Boomscat, and Kokayi, these performances will engage audiences across a wide range of genres, from R&B to neo-soul to hip-hop to DC's own go-go music.

The Washington DC-based Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat will take you on an emotional, meditative journey through life, love and relationships. Multi-instrumentalist/producer, Asha "BOOM" Santee, and vocalist/songwriter Patience Sings create a sound that ignites vulnerability, elevation and self-reflection. Since their conception in the fall of 2012, BOOMscat has released five projects including No Life Jacket EP which reached #18 on the iTunes Top R&B Albums. BOOMscat has performed at several prestigious venues and institutions across the country, including The Kennedy Center, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and National Museum of Women in the Arts. Fresh off the high of their second time selling out back to back performances at DC's Legendary Blues Alley Jazz Supper Club, BOOMscat is currently working on their sixth recorded project, and second studio album.

Artist. Producer.Educator | Connector of dots
Kokayi is a preeminent improvisational vocalist, author, producer, Grammy-nominated musician and multi-disciplinary fine artist. He is a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow for Music Composition (the first emcee to be granted a Guggenheim for music composition), Halcyon Arts Fellow and Nicholson Arts Fellow. He has been a TEDxWDC presenter, speaking on "collaboration and the creative economy" and has served as Artist in Residence at Music Meeting in Nijmegen, Netherlands. He can be heard on over 60 titles spanning: Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock and R&B. The Washington Post describes his book You Are Ketchup: and Other Fly Music Tales (Globe Pequot) as "written in a tone so conversational you can practically hear it in your ear, You Are Ketchup feels like a megadose of straight advice from a muso-mentor who's been there. And, of course, Kokayi has been all over the place."

Kokayi has taught and facilitated workshops at the School of Improvisational Music teaching vocal improvisation as it relates to Jazz and Hip Hop. He is a collaborator and mentor with the international arts program OneBeat and has worked as a freelance music emissary with the U.S. State Department. Kokayi considers himself an emcee and performer first, no matter the medium. Kokayi continues to act as a music producer and performer currently touring with his own band as well as with Ambrose Akinmusire, Terri Lynne Carrington + Social Science, Whose Hat is This?, Ego Mondo, Nate Smith +Kinfolk, Quite Sane, Sanity, and with MacArthur Fellow Dafnis Prieto. Kokayi's forthcoming eponymous album is currently in production with a planned release in Spring 2024.

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