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Khari B., also known as Discopoet Khari B. is a spoken word musician and educator working internationally in the literary arts.  With a solid reputation for delivering intense performances with live instrumental accompaniment, Khari B.’s energetic nature is inextricably tied to growing up in Chicago’s House music scene and being the son of two educators, one who is also the renown woodwindist, Mwata Bowden.

Personally recognized for his talents by the late Gwendolyn Brooks and having performed around the globe, Khari B.’s start began with a simple class project in 1992 where he stumbled upon an appetite for using his talent for poetry to reach, teach and entertain willing ears. Since then he’s recorded three albums, appeared on several others, produced and directed numerous multidisciplinary productions and has taught the art and lectured in schools across the world for over a decade‍‍‍‍‍‍.

In 2015, Khari B. led an eight city tour of France with percussionist Tyshawn Sorey of New York and vocalist/flutist Magic Malik of France, among others, as part of an improvisational music exchange initiative known as the "the Bridge." A pas‍‍‍t Chair of the Association for the Advancement of the Creative Musicians (AACM), Khari led the organization into their 50th anniversary, being instrumental in producing some of their most exciting, celebratory programming in years. He's one of only a handful of teaching artists chosen to establish programs in Chicago's "Parent University," an inaugural integrated learning venture between parents and students in elementary schools on the westside of Chicago. Presently he is the Artist-In-Residence at the prestigious Purdue University while continuing to teach, create, produce and perform wherever he is called with his philosophy “Make it happen.”

2017 saw Khari B. & Discopoetry expanding their reach and language even further, creating greater opportunities for literary artists to prosper and share their stories. One book, “Haikus 4 Justice” is scheduled for  release in 2018, three music singles done in collaboration with Chicago-based producers Fathom DJ and Shawn Wallace and a new wordmusic series coming to a city near you. This is thee artist U want to see!

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WBR 2018‍‍‍‍‍‍

Winter Babies Revenge: Black Divinity - July 28th
secret locale | Chicago | tba

COLORS: Redefining Black - Aug 24-25th
Museum of Contemporary Art | Chicago | 8pm

Unleash Your Inhibitions - Sep 15th
Pending | Minneapolis, MN | 8pm

The 14th Annual Debauchery Ball - Dec 14th ‍‍‍
secret locale | Chicago | tba

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