From a release:
Harlem Stage Digital Event:
A Drop Of Midnight
October 13 & 15 2020
A two-part conversation with Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité and his creative team around the developmental process of creating his autobiographical theater project, A Drop of Midnight. In this conversation Jason will take us on his journey to becoming one of Sweden’s chart-topping hip-hop artists and a best-selling author.
|Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité, Jonathan McCrory, Mapei|
He’ll also share the story of how a mixtape from Brooklyn traveled across the waters to the tiny village of Lund, Sweden and altered the course of his life forever. We will examine the impact of hip hop music and culture on the globe. How has hip-hop united communities of color globally? How do you translate a personal story into a universal truth? How do you build a creative team? How has the current climate of social justice informed your artistic practice? Jason will read excerpts from the play and share some of the music.
In this conversation A Drop of Midnight author Jason Diakite, and Dramaturge/Director Jonathan McCrory share their creative process as artists of color committed to advancing stories reflecting social justice. How is creating during these prodigious times of social change across the globe influencing your creative practice.
A Drop of Midnight author Jason Diakite discusses his evolution as a chart topping Afro Swedish musician and Hip-Hop artist with fellow Afro Swedish musician and vocalist Mapei and DJ/author/filmmaker Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love in conversation around the power of hip hop music and culture in their work and the inspiration to reflect community, liberation and freedom.
WAYS TO WATCH:
Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité's A Drop Of Midnight, directed by Farnaz Arbabi, with Jonathan McCrory as production dramaturg, composed by Erik Hjärpe, and accompanied by live band, The Rakiem Walker Project.