Emmy Award winning MC/Producer, radio host, arts ambassador, educator, and community organizer Toki Wright blends soulful yet futuristic music with intelligent content. Wright has over 1 million YouTube views, albums with Rhymesayers Entertainment, Top 20 charting on MTV for multiple videos, and an extensive and successful tour history.
Toki is also Vice President of Soul Tools Entertainment, multimedia company that released the film “Bahamian Son” at the Bahamas and Pan African Film Festivals this past year.
Wright has played for sold out audiences throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, Africa, Europe, and South America. Touring solo alongside artists like Brother Ali, Devin The Dude, Evidence of Dilated Peoples, Atmosphere, Sean Price and more.
Wright has been featured on numerous projects including recordings with Talib Kweli recording the (Outkast) Stankonia Studios A3C project with Slum Village and Jarren Benton.
Toki Wright is the Department Head of the United States first fully accredited Hip-Hop Studies program by the National Association of Schools of Music. Wright has been the Executive Director of the Twin Cities based youth organization YO! The Movement.
He was also recently chosen by the US State Department as an arts ambassador performing in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Wright does additional work in media as a freelance writer and co-host of SoulTools Radio on KFAI FM 90.3 Minneapolis/106.7 St. Paul.
“A powerful stage presence and booming, crystal-clear cadence..” – LA Weekly
“One of the dopest emcees around, who makes noise both on the microphone and as an uncompromising community activist…” – Davey D
Toki Wright’s producer alter-ego Mamadu brings you #MamaduMonday’s weekly. Every Monday get creative new tracks produced, written, and recorded by Mamadu and many special guests via Soundcloud. Follow at https://soundcloud.com/toki-wright.
“I’ve always been a big dude and a lot of women like to Snuggle,” jokes James “DJ Snuggles” Logan. As a champion beatboxer first, then as a seasoned DJ, and emerging producer Snuggles has earned a lot of love in his short career.
His performance reputation is rivaled only by his personal reputation. He’s a stand up member of his community and one of the most exciting hip hop artists coming out the Midwest. DJ Snuggles has stunned crowds all over the world and has been acknowledged by his hometown legends Prince, Atmosphere, and even Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He has also shared stages with Ab-Soul, Doug E Fresh, Cee Lo Green and many more. Snuggles has been a tour DJ throughout Europe and at Rock The Bells backing up Brother Ali.
The release of DJ Snuggles most recent project “That Beat Volume 2” displays his versatility as a verbal percussionist and a producer. Look out for the next two installments of the “That Beat” series and if you see the trademark Snug G The Bear at your next party know you are in for a good night.
Look out for the full length album “35W South” coming in 2015.
As a Twin Cities based poet, TV/radio personality, actress, entrepreneur, creative consultant and community organizer, Brittany “Miss Brit” Lynch is truly limitless. Working interdependently between media, art, curation and social justice, she has emerged as a tastemaker for the local entertainment scene. WCCO’s Urban Perspectives coined her as a “Rising Star” and The Star Tribune declared her one of the New Black Leaders of the Twin Cities. Miss Brit is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she received her degree in the Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance with a minor in African and African American studies. In 2012 she traveled to Cape Town, South Africa where she studied healing and reconciliation through a social justice lens, and has since then returned to the United States to apply her studies.
She now does creative consulting for various artists and organizations that wish to develop in artistic and equitable ways. She is currently the Director of Operations for Soul Tools Entertainment, and host co-hosts Soul Tools Radio every Saturday night on KFAI. She is the VP of External Affairs for KFAI’s Board of Directors, and is the creator and instructor of the Fresh Air Institute, a youth program that gives young people the opportunity to develop skills as a radio personality. She is also the co-host of the TV show Candy Fresh, which can be viewed on SPNN and BMA cable networks, as well as on the web. In 2015 Miss Brit received Intermedia Art’s Verve Grant Award for Spoken Word, and is currently writing a book of poetry surrounding the themes of social justice, healing, and wellness set to be released in 2016. She is the creator and co-curator of The Feel Good Revolution, a monthly spokenword and performance art space dedicated to healing. Miss Brit has been trained in the performing arts since she was a child, and is currently signed with Meredith Model and Talent. It’s rare to see her working in one avenue at a time, as her many disciplines of work are constantly happening simultaneously and are often interconnected. She’s been working in the Hip Hop industry since 2009 through a variety of roles, while advocating for justice on issues that affect marginalized communities. At times this work happens in different spaces but for Miss Brit it’s all relative. Her ultimate goal is to create well balanced experiences for herself and others. She views her work of creating space for justice and joy, or entertainment and equity as relevant and integral to a well balanced human experience.
“I’m a complex being, as we all are,” she says. “But what makes me different is that I embrace the complexities, dualities, and nuances of my being. I’m not following a traditional career path I’m creating my own, therefore the boxes and labels that others wish to put me in often don’t apply. I’m not just an artist, or just a business woman, I’m Miss Brit, and I wont limit myself to a constructed definition for the convenience of someone else’s understanding. I wake each day with deep gratitude for the opportunities I create in order to bring my full self into every avenue of my work. Both personally and profes
DJ Willie Shu
Never afraid to take risks DJ/Producer Willie Shu has jumped to the forefront of the Twin Cities music scene and has his eyes set on the world. Carving a niche out in Urban Electronic music Shu is able to push boundaries with his high-energy presentation.
Willie Shu’s work has taken him coast to coast playing alongside famed artists like Dwele, Black Eyed Peas, The Internet, Grandmaster Flash, Har Mar Superstar, K Theory, and Nina Sky. His “Shunami’ mixtape series is one in a long list of tongue-in-cheek features that you will find in his popular social media posts. With his deadpan sense of humor “Shu-nasty” describes himself as a “sound system devouring sex tornado.”
Fused with a style spanning various musical landscapes, his monthly dance nights (including the notoriously sold out ‘Turnt Up’ parties), live on-air performances, and private event appearances have established him as a musical influencer for premium functions. His resume includes work with Fortune 500 corporations like Coca-Cola and Whirlpool, fashion brands like Neff, features in print and online publications, and production work for major label recording artists like Chester French.
In 2003 Kevin Washington’s stellar drum skills were featured in Modern Drummer Magazine, however his dedication to drumming began as soon as he could hold the sticks. With teachers of excellent caliber who include Max Roach and Roy Brooks it was almost impossible for him to go wrong. Born in 1975 in Detroit, Michigan to musicians and scholars Donald and Faye Washington, his musical career began at the early age of five playing at local jazz festivals from 1981 to 1985. Kevin moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota when he was thirteen where his music career continued to flourish.
In 1996 Washington moved to New York City to study jazz at the New School for Social Research. He performed at many NY venues with different musical groups such as The Chico Freeman Quartet, Arnie Lawrence, Antonio Hart and James Carter. During his stay in New York he was also a Rhythm Instructor at the Harlem School of the Arts.
Most recently, the Kevin Washington Quartet has been featured at premier Minneapolis venues such as the Dakota Jazz Club and the Artists Quarter. With a mix of Washington’s compositions and his refreshing take on his favorite standards the band has garnered rave reviews and has added new members to his fan base. In 2008 he played a local gig with Tim Reis of the Rolling Stones and now travels frequently to play with him in other cities. With Tim’s permission the Kevin Washington Quartet showcases a version of the Rolling Stones song “Lady Jane” which Reis arranged and recorded for use on his own solo project. Washington has also accompanied various visiting musicians such as Brian Lynch, Steve Slagle and Dave Stryker, David ‘Fat Head’ Newman, Rodney Jones and James Carter. On the home front he can be found playing with great musicians such as Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera, the incomparable members of NOWnet and vocalist Bruce Henry. Kevin is also the lead drummer with Moveable Feast; who released their second CD in 2002 and is currently the musical director and lead drummer with songstress ANIKA.
Washington is a world traveled musician who in April of 2006 accompanied Afro-Peruvian guitarist Andres Prado to Lima, Peru for a ten-day tour.
In July of 2003 Kevin, as a member the Doug Little Quartet, embarked upon a month long European tour that covered locations including Germany, France, and Italy. In addition to being a superb jazz drummer Kevin is also well versed in Latin, funk, reggae, Makkosa and Soukus rhythms. Washington recently completed a three month run in the Broadway musical, “Caroline, or Change” by Grammy and Tony award winner Tony Kushner at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. To this day Washington proves to be one of the most versatile drummers in the country.
In October of 2009 Kevin was awarded the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award for jazz and improvisation from the American Composers Forum. This grant will come in handy as he is working on his solo CD project. Currently, Kevin is an instructor at McNally School of Music, provides private instruction at Walker West Academy and adds to the Minneapolis arts scene by being the curator of a weekly open mic which has won awards for Best Open Mic from various organizations for multiple years. In his spare time Kevin devotes himself to composing music, giving private lessons and honing his craft.
Joe Adams, born & raised in North Minneapolis. Husband & father of two. His writing is influenced and inspired by a spectrum of life experiences, study & host of many incredible Artists near & far.
Joe began writing poetry in 2000, while attending Washburn High School. In 2013, his artist teaching career began at Plymouth Christian Youth Center, where he co-teaches a Spoken Word Homeroom with Twin Cities MC’s, Desdamona & MaLLy. Joe is also a very proud member of, Soul Tools Media Group.
“Far too much negativity is ruled entertainment. War, destruction & scandal aren’t food for the Spirit. It’s organized division.”
Joe’s writings bridge the divide between history and present day reality. One of his goals is to shed light on the beauty, greatness and oneness of humanity. Through music & other forms of Diaspora Traditions, people become United. Expression through Art is Freedom.