Here Comes Yasiin Bey (A.K.A. Mos Def)
"Together Boston" is bringing the rapper to the stage for a week-long festival.
Nas and LL Cool J got their time in the spotlight. Now itâ€™s Mos Defâ€”sorryâ€”Yasiin Beyâ€™s turn to take the stage.
Last May, “Together Boston” brought eight-days worth of bands and performances to the area for a â€ścelebration of music, art, and technology,â€ť and this yearâ€™s fifth annual gathering promises to be just as entertaining.
Through a partnership with the Wilbur Theatre, Together Boston organizers announced that Yasiin Bey, a.k.a Mos Def, the â€śtitan of conscious hip-hop,â€ť will be performing in the city on May 15, with vintage microphone in hand.
Mos Def changed his moniker back in 2012, confusingÂ his followers (and rap sidekick Talib Kweli)â€”but people still refer to him by the name he used to reap rapping fame.Â â€śMos Def is a landmark in Together Bostonâ€™s historyâ€”a true headliner and a true legend of hip-hop music. In keeping with the festivalâ€™s theme of music, art, and technology, he is clearly a musician, lyricist, and composer,â€ť organizers said in an announcement dropped on Friday.
The Together Festival attracts roughly 20,000 people each year who can pick and choose between a multitude of arts and music events going on in Cambridge and Boston over the course of more than a week. The event includes panel discussions and movie screenings, too.
Managing Director and booking coordinator of Together Bostonâ€™s event, Alex Maniatis, said he couldnâ€™t be happier with the news that Mos Def was locked in to perform as a headliner for the 2014 festival.Â â€śAs weâ€™ve expanded over the years, hip-hop culture has played a larger and larger role, in addition to other new musical forms. The Wilbur has been instrumental in maintaining our relationship within the realm,â€ť he said.
Citing his activism, skills as an emcee, and prominent roles as an actor in films and television shows, Together Bostonâ€™s creative director, David Day, said he looks forward to seeing the â€śicon for our timesâ€ť show up to spit rhymes.
Tickets are on sale nowÂ through the Wilbur Theatre, and admission to the show is also included as part of the Together Boston passes available for the May series. The first wave of the rest of the line-up for the festival can be found here.Â
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