Performance

Revival!

An audio-visual meditation on Black spiritual and ecstatic experience.

Part virtual dance party and part live performance, Revival! is a celebration of the visual and sonic frequencies that are contained within and spill out of Black spiritual and ecstatic experience. This series will take the form of three livestream sessions on Sundays in June. During these engagements, longtime friends and frequent collaborators DJs Lil’ Dave (illvibe Collective/Eavesdrop), Oluwafemi (Worldtown) and Rashid Zakat will take turns creating live sound mixes over moving image backdrops.

Subtly drawing upon José Esteban Muñoz’s notion of ecstasy as “an invitation, a call to a then-and-there, a not-yet-here… a collective potentiality,” Revival! treats ecstasy not only as a corrective balm to injury but a world-making claim to the right of life, imagination and joyful expression, an especially critical response to our current moment. Offering us an opportunity to step out of the here-and-now and perhaps sensorially tap into what is not-yet-here, these artists use aural- and image-based motifs from the African diaspora to reverberate the intimacies and pleasures of shared spiritual experiences from across time and place.

As most of us are learning how to reimagine and practice what collective joy and resilience looks like in times of crisis, Revival! attempts this through the bodily, nostalgic and dreamlike registers of shared memory and meaning making.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and hosted in partnership with Icebox Project Space



Performance Times


Sunday

June 14

Episode 1: Rashid Zakat
  • 2:00pm ET
Sunday

June 21

Episode 2: Lil’ Dave
  • 2:00pm ET
Sunday

June 28

Episode 3: Oluwafemi
  • 2:00pm ET

Performers


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Lil’ Dave

DJ and Producer

DJ Lil’ Dave is a Philadelphia based producer, composer, radio host, and member of DJ crew Illvibe Collective who has made a name for himself by exposing people to soulful music in all its forms. He produces and hosts a music focused podcast called Excellent Reception. Also, he has been broadcasting for over 2 decades on radio station WKDU 91.7FM, where he currently hosts the internationally known Eavesdrop Radio along with DJ Junior. As a recording artist, he has released original music and remixes under various aliases for record labels around the world, such as BBE Records, Tru Thoughts, and Bastard Jazz.


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Oluwafemi

DJ and Visual Artist

Oluwafemi is a deejay, music producer and visual artist based in Philadelphia, by way of Central New Jersey, by way of Lagos, Nigeria. He is inspired by drums and patterns, the rhythmic evolution of repetition. For over a decade, Oluwafemi has enjoyed mixing songs of drum influenced genres – the family of funk, hip-hop, soul, reggae, dancehall, house music, and their innumerable offshoots. These diasporic sounds have travelled with him to various cities on the east coast, California and Costa Rica. His style is simultaneously groovy and soulful, often drawing from a wide range of cultural influence and history.


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Rashid Zakat

Filmmaker and Artist

Rashid Zakat is a filmmaker and artist based in Philadelphia. He uses video, photography, design, audio and the web to encourage people to find as much beauty, joy and wonder as possible. Professionally Rashid has a 15 year long career as a director and cinematographer for non-fiction, experimental films and music videos. He has done work for Nike, Intel, Grammy Award Winning artist India.Arie, Carmelo Anthony, Black Thought of the Roots, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, NBC, Comcast, BlackStar Film Festival, Soul Train, Topic, WHYY, Philadelphia Contemporary, Mural Arts, Rashaad Newsome & BET to name a few.

His personal work includes short documentary, iPhone and traditional portrait projects, visual mixtapes, digital publications, video installations, open mics & dance parties that experiment with visuals. Obsessed with the internet and new modes of communication, Rashid routinely shares his media experiments on social platforms.