SpiritChild, revolutionary hip-hop artist from around the world, gave a workshop and a performance at this year’s Challenging Capitalist Modernity III conference in Hamburg, Germany. Eddy caught up with him afterwards to get his thoughts. Join in on this Exclusive Propaganda to hear about the role of culture and hip hop in changing the world.
“A freedom singer from the South Bronx by way of Brooklyn, spiritchild uses the arts to cultivate a cultural revolution throughout the world, from the United States to Europe, from Africa to South East Asia.” This quotation doesn’t say enough about SpiritChild. His work and his music demonstrates the deep spiritual connection that we have with the world and with each other. Our conversation ranges from the role of women in the Kurdish freedom movement, to the origins of hip hop as the “bastard child” of black political culture, to how Spirit Child got his name.
Staying in tune with and contributing to the pulse of young people’s musical and social heartbeat is at the core of this artist’s life work. spiritchild has extensive experience developing and leading workshops and programs on Critical Revolutionary Hip Hop pedagogy, songwriting and artist development. spiritchild has worked with homeless youth, youth offenders and young emerging artists as program director of One Mic and EAR (Emerging Artists in Residency) for Art Start and as a mentor, teaching artist and consultant for Urban Art Beat. Both are New York based nonprofit organizations that use the power of creative arts and music to transform youth. spiritchild continues to engage, inspire and uplift youth in community centers, juvenile detention facilities, high schools, colleges and universities throughout the world.
This revolution is not only a political one, it is cultural as well, and it needs art just as much as it needs science.