UPLIFT! BROOKLYN: A benefit concert for NYC's Campaign for an Elected Civilian Review Board

The Sound Mind Collective Presents:

UPLIFT! BROOKLYN: A benefit concert for NYC's Campaign for an Elected Civilian Review Board

Thu · May 17, 2018

7:00 pm

$15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

UPLIFT! BROOKLYN
UPLIFT! BROOKLYN
The second benefit concert in the Sound Mind Collective's Uplift! Brooklyn series. All proceeds will be donated to the NYC Campaign For An Elected Civilian Review Board (ECRB).

http://www.stoppoliceviolencenyc.org

This democratically run campaign consists of a wide swath of New Yorkers coming together to replace our city's ineffective police oversight structures with something more equitable and transparent. Currently, complaints against police officers are filtered through the CCRB (Civilian Complaint Review Board), which consists of individuals appointed to their positions by the mayor, the police commissioner and City Council members. Prosecutions against police officers are handled by the DA's office, which has a vested interest in maintaining a good relationship with NYPD.

The amount of conflicts of interest in the current system suggests that it is designed to create the mere appearance of accountability rather than actually seeking to promote a healthy relationship between police and citizens, and the outcomes we constantly see show us that it's a norm for cops to get away with abusive behavior. This year we continue to learn more about impropriety in the NYPD and CCRB, and it becomes increasingly clear that a change is needed.

ECRB Campaigners have drafted legislation that will replace the CCRB with a Review Board consisting of elected citizens, and will create a Special Prosecutor position to handle prosecutions against police, bypassing all the current conflicts of interest, and operating transparently. Last year, the campaign made a huge step forward by finding a City Council sponsor, Inez Barron, for its legislation, and this year the campaign seeks to spread the word and channel all the voices throughout the city critiquing the current status quo towards the realistic, tangible, systemic solutions this legislation proposes.

The Sound Mind Collective has put together a powerful lineup of artists-- Bajah & The Dry Eye Crew, the Resistance Revival Chorus, Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality, DJ Xpect, and more to be announced-- for a night of music and activation, where we can celebrate movement towards a safer, more just NYC.
Resistance Revival Chorus
Resistance Revival Chorus
The great artist and activist Harry Belafonte once said, “when the music is strong, the movement is strong.” In that spirit, The RESISTANCE REVIVAL CHORUS (RRC), which was born out of the Women’s March and holds true to their Unity Principals, hosts a series of regular musical events, Resistance Revival Nights, where the community gathers to rejuvenate our spirits and honor the protest songs that have historically been central to civil rights movements. We believe that art and culture are essential to changing hearts, minds, and history; and we commit to the principle that joy is in itself an act of resistance.
Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality
Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality
Multi-instrumentalist and producer Nikhil P. Yerawadekar creates propulsive new flavors with his Low Mentality project, delivering personal and uplifting original songs suitable for dancefloors, car stereos and headphones worldwide. The group plays organically cultivated styles drawing from Nikhil’s wide range of experiences, from his formative years as a teenage hip-hop junkie in Queens, NY, to later in his life when he found himself working closely with artists such as Hailu Mergia (Awesome Tapes From Africa), Zap Mama, Tony Allen, Cedric “Im” Brooks and Khaira Arby, and performing all over the world with Antibalas and collaborators such as Santigold, Sharon Jones,
Billy Gibbons, Nels Cline and Esperanza Spalding.

The hidden intersections between these broad-ranging musical vibrations are reflected in Low Mentality’s debut album Everything Lasts Forever, released April 2016 on 3rd Generation Recordings, with its lead single “Six Shooter AKA The History Of Dance” (featuring Kendra Morris) reaching over a million plays on Spotify. The band’s music has been featured as Song Of The Day on KEXP and KUT, and continues to be discovered by vinyl lovers and connoisseurs of funky, heartfelt and interesting
music across the globe.

Low Mentality starts off the year 2018 with a new lineup featuring Mayteana Morales (Pimps Of Joytime), Carter Yasutake (Midnight Magic, LCD Soundsystem), Jeremy Wilms (Chin Chin) and Andy Bauer (Twin Shadow), bringing you a new organic live show concept for the mind, body and soul.
Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew
Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew
After packing the national stadium for performances in their home country of Sierra Leone and contributing music to the Academy Award–nominated film Blood Diamond, African superstars Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew are poised to conquer the global airwaves with their international debut album (due out in fall 2009) and their unique sound, which blends the swagger and funk of hip-hop, the passion and energy of dancehall, and the socially conscious vibe of reggae. The group has generated so much buzz in the hip-hop world that major stars including ?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots, Talib Kweli, K'Naan, Res, and El-P have contributed their vocal and/or production talents to the upcoming release, helmed by the production team Fyre Department (whose credits include 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, GZA, Talib Kweli, Justin Timberlake). With this great collection of creatives, Bajah's own star is rising as the Sean Paul of West Africa with the social conscience of Bob Marley and Fela Kuti.

So much more than just another hip-hop outfit, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew have been likened to another band renowned internationally for speaking out against political and social injustices: U2. In Sierra Leone, now emerging from the throes of a brutal 10-year civil war, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew are hailed as "the voice of the voiceless," speaking truths on behalf of those people who have no political power, spreading messages of peace and reconciliation, outing corrupt politicians, and inspiring the disenfranchised youth to pursue their dreams. "We always speak about real stuff, like the suffering, what is going on," says the group's frontman, Bajah. "So most of the youth, the fans, are going crazy over it, because they think it's the reality— that's how it is. So they show mad love at times."

Love is another theme of their music, and the joy and love their legions of fans have shown them comes through in their energetic, powerful live performances. The Crew—which consists of Bajah, A-Klazz, and Dovy Dovy in the U.S. and the Jungle Leaders (Funky Fred, Dell, and Sly) back in Sierra Leone—started writing, recording, and performing together in 2000, and quickly rose to the heights of fame in their home country, where everyone from young schoolchildren to village elders have come out to support Dry Eye's music and message—often going to extremes to show these national heroes love and respect. "When we have a show in the national stadium, you see these guys making a long line, taking off their T-shirts and putting them on the floor so we can walk on it as a mat to go on the stage," says A-Klazz. "Yeah. Red carpet," Bajah adds with amazement. "A lot of love, man. For real."

In Sierra Leone, the term dry eye is an expression of boldness. "The kids that always try to ask questions and want to know things are the dry eye. If you always coming up to talk to the elder people, trying to ask them certain questions, they say, 'Oh, you, you're dry eye,' like, 'You're bold. You're too bold!'" Bajah explains. "But we just use dry eye because we decide to talk about the bad things going on. Cause the leaders, we take them as our fathers—but we still gonna say some things, the reality. We just gonna stand, no matter what. No more tears in the eye. We're just gonna stay dry eye and say something. You understand? That's strong.

"We talk about different things," Bajah continues. "We talk about love. We talk about life, social problems. Music is about life." And now, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew are sharing their unique perspective on life and spreading their message of hope, love, and inspiration across the globe through their vibrant, infectious music and their electrifying live shows. And the world is listening..
DJ Xpect
DJ Xpect
Producer of Alicia Keys - In Common - Official Remix

Avant Garde Music Composer & Visual creative. Socio- political Advocate
Yah Supreme
Yah Supreme
Underground NY Rapper.
Venue Information:
C'mon Everybody
325 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11238
http://www.cmoneverybody.com/