NEW BEDFORD — La Soul Renaissance, a New Bedford-based collective promoting community involvement and activism through the arts, will host a local Hip-Hop 4 Flint fundraiser Saturday, March 19, 6-10 p.m. at the Cape Verdean Vets Hall, 561 Purchase St. Tickets are sliding scale from $10-$20.
The event is one of 47 being held worldwide to raise funds for 500 water filtration systems for Flint, Michigan residents affected by the city’s ongoing water contamination and health crisis.
“Water is the most precious natural resource, so seeing the community of Flint struggle without this basic human need really stuck an emotional chord for many of us in the hip hop community,” said Erik Andrade, founder of La Soul Renaissance. “Hip-Hop 4 Flint New Bedford will showcase local hip hop and spoken word poetry talent on the world stage, while making a clear and tangible impact on the situation on the ground in Flint.”
Local talent will include DJ Jules of JAM’N 94.5 FM, Nicole Terez Dutton (Poet Laurette of Somerville), jazz band Native Spaces, Shiesty L, Paranom, Jazzmyn Red, Flizz, Don Chizzle, Jo St Surin, Erik Andrade, and DJ Anghelli.
The event is partnership with Queen Yonasda of HipHop4Flint and the non-profit Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Flint Michigan Each city’s showcase will be live streamed on national media sponsor AllHipHop.Com, HipHopDX.com, as well as HipHop4Flint.com.