Those who “really” know me knows that my FIRST passion is music and I have been singing with my twin sister for over 30 years. It’s something I don’t really talk about since moving here to Atlanta but there you have it… photography is something I picked up three years ago and happened to fall in love with another art. I jump at any opportunity to attend a musical event and when FunkJazz Kafe announced it’s return…
I was determined to experience the movement.
This interactive cultural arts festivals( in collaboration with the National Black Arts Festival) launched its
19th year with a DAY 1 presentation of the film FunkJazz Kafé® Diary of a Decade (The Story Of A Movement) directed and produced by Founder Jason Orr. It was held on Friday 12 at the Southwest Arts Center where viewers got a glimpse of the history and making of this amazing phenomenon!!
One of the quotes from the film that stood out for me is… “FunkJazz Kafe presented these artist as if it were something you
should have already known about.” Talent such as Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu, Public Enemy, Janelle Monáe, India.Arie,
Cee Lo Green, Jamie Foxx, Bilal, Dionne Farris, and hip-hop legends Doug E. Fresh and MC Lyte have graced the FunkJazz Kafé® stage. Narrated by Chuck D of Public Enemy, the film documentary spans the late 1980s – early 2000s and speaks on the fabric of soul music, its pioneers, its offspring, the challenges with the commercial music industry, and the evolution of the Atlanta-birthed FunkJazz Kafé®. I learned so much and truly enjoyed it all! Special thanks to ZDennis Media Group for the invite. 🙂 Check out some of the pics I snapped at the event: