Chestertown, MD — The Shelter Arts Festival, a two-month celebration of literature, music and the performing arts presented by the Rose O'Neill Literary House, continues with a performance by hip-hop artist Will Power at Washington College's Norman James Theatre on Monday, March 24, at 5 p.m.
Hailed by Speak Out! as "a pioneer in hip-hop theatre," Will Power is a dynamic actor, rapper, playwright and spoken-word artist whose work is internationally recognized. His performances, workshops and lectures have been seen in 25 states and over 55 cities abroad.
In his performances, Power explores critical issues that face society. Topics such as race, culture, HIV, violence, intergenerational communication and the celebration of life are addressed with dexterity and the ability to foster dialogue and understanding.
As a cultural and community activist, Power has conducted hundreds of workshops in schools, community centers, colleges and universities. He has helped facilitate the creative expression of young people by providing them with information on creative writing, performance for the spoken word, storytelling, hip-hop theatre, the history of hip-hop culture, and rap/rhyme in performance.
From 1997 to 2000, Power was the lead vocalist of the Omar Sosa Sextet, an internationally renowned band known for its innovative fusion of jazz, Latin rhythms and hip-hop. The sextet released four critically acclaimed albums, Free Roots, Spirit of the Roots, Bembon andPrietos.
Power was cast as the male lead in the film "Drylongso," which was a hit at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, and has been shown extensively on the Independent Film Channel and BET. He has been featured in numerous publications such as Vibe, The Source and American Theatre, and on television networks including NBC, CBS, Fox and ABC. His lyrics and music have been heard on MTV and in sitcoms such as "Moesha."
March 11, 2008