Dessa to perform and present at Nobel Peace Prize Forum
|Photo By Kelly Loverud|
Dessa will give a TED-style presentation titled, "Mic Lines: Art, Ethics, and their Contested Connections," where she will address the rather contentious issue of ethics in hip-hop, and whether or not artists have any special moral responsibilities that come with being in the public eye. Commentary on that topic, and suggestions for her talk are found here. She will follow her discussion with a brief Q&A with the audience, facilitated by MPR's Chris Roberts, as well as a mini-set of songs to close out her special event. General admission tickets for Dessa's presentation can be found here.
Dessa will draw on her many years of music experience as well as her incisive female perspective to address the challenges that exist within the predominantly male-dominated hip-hop world, and she will offer her take on how that culture needs to adjust to allow for a more unifying, welcoming community for everyone. With the recent proliferation of controversial artists like Odd Future, whose lyrics portray women in a decidedly negative way, it will be interesting to hear Dessa's take, as an informed insider, on the objectionable portrayal of women in rap lyrics and videos.
Dessa has certainly kept busy as of late. In
addition to the expansive U.S. tour that she and her Doomtree crew are
currently bringing to a close, she also stopped by Chicago's NPR studios
to perform a five tracks from Castor, The Twin for Sound
Opinions. If these stellar, stirring performances are indicative of what
Dessa has planned for her mini-set at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum,
everyone is in for quite a treat.
50th Anniversary Remembrance Concert for Benjamin Britten's stirring War Requiem at the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota on Thursday, March 1, check out the program of events here.
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