Oh man, Black History Month 2008 in college we had a great weekend performance by the Welfare Poets!
If you’ve never heard of them, you need to check them out. From their website:
THE WELFARE POETS began their journey when two Cornell students came together in the early 90s to write poetry/rhymes of protest and upliftment, accompanied by congas (percussions). A band was created from this union with the purpose of using culture as a tool of resistance, and in the summer of 2000, the group released their first independent album “Project Blues.” Since then the group has released 2 other band albums as well as 2 compilations – fundraisers.Over their existence, The Welfare Poets have been cultural activists directly involved in social justice efforts addressing police brutality, political prisoners, the colonial status of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Naval occupation of the island, environmental justice, gentrification in New York City and the death penalty. Through teaching residencies and workshops, activism around community struggles, and sharp edged performances that incorporate Hip Hop, Bomba, Latin Jazz and other rhythms, The Welfare Poets bring informatioN and inspiration to those facing oppression and those fighting for liberation.
LISTEN here to ‘Freedom’ from their 2005 album: Rhymes for Treason