Photo by George Qua-Enoo.
Renaissance Music 2.0 is coming to Hamilton in less than two weeks, on August 14-15. Singer-songwriter and producer, Kojo “Easy” Damptey, is putting on this two-day event for a second time this year, featuring a hip hop showcase on the Friday, and a soul showcase on the Saturday.
Ingie Metwally had Damptey on the morningfile last Friday to talk about the lineup of musicians he has in store, and what he hopes to accomplish with this music festival. “If we don’t showcase it, people tend to think it does not exist,” says Damptey of African inspired music.
Renaissance Music 2.0 is essentially a celebration of African and African Diaspora culture that has played an important role in creating music genres around the world including Hip-Hop, Soul, R&B, Blues, and Afro Jazz. Damptey hopes the festival will bring more attention to our local artists of these genres, and introduce the music to more and more Hamiltonians.
The festival will be held at Homegrown Hamilton, 27 King William, and doors will be open at 8:30 pm on both nights. Advance tickets are available at Dr Disc, 20 Wilson Street; two-day passes are $20 and single tickets are $12.
You can also click on the sound clip below to hear from Kojo Damptey himself on the morningfile.