TALIB KWELI TO HEADLINE 7TH ANNUAL HIP HOP FESTIVAL IN BRAZIL
Past participating American artists include De La Soul, Jurassic 5 and Pharoahe Monch
Santo André, Brazil (December 5, 2008) – Widely known in Brazil as the most important and successful alternative rap festival in the country, the 2008 Indie Hip Hop Festival presented by 11th Parallel Worldwide returns to the SESC Santo Andre events space on Saturday, December 13, 2008 and Sunday, December 14, 2008 with American headliner Talib Kweli. Continuing in its tradition of showcasing the best of Brazilian and international Hip Hop, the 7th annual festival provides a platform for Brazilian Hip Hop artists who have released critically acclaimed albums this year and will feature performances by Kamau, Subsolo, Sombra, Projeto Manada, Enézimo, Doncesao & Dr. Caligari. Rounding out the bill are festival MC Rodrigo Brandão of Mamelo Sound System and DJ Marco.
Catering to the Hip Hop community, the festival is unique in that it takes place at the SESC Santo André arts and culture center, which is located on the outskirts of São Paulo in close proximity to three large favela (shanty town) communities. The arts and culture center has served as the ideal venue for the annual festival by making it accessible to the core Hip Hop community while also attracting a diverse audience from greater metropolitan São Paulo. While most Brazilian concert events also remain inaccessible due to unaffordably high ticket prices, Indie Hip Hop’s mission is to provide quality music events open to everyone by keeping ticket prices extremely low.