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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 decades. He's one of only a handful of teaching artists chosen to pilot 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 .
Khari's debut book, “Haikus 4 Justice,” was released August 2019, along with the award winning documentary film by David Weathersby, "Thee Debauchery Ball" now screening exclusively on Kweli TV. This is thee artist U want to see!
& what is Discopoetry?
Obviously due 2 this ongoing pandemic, much of our regular programming and activities have been temporarily suspended. Not 2 fret though. Please consider this time of self-isolation as an opportunity 4 intentional self-development. We R. Please check in with your elders, friends and families and use this time 2 build the greater connections with 1 another as we artists seek 2 facilitate through our arts. Thank U 4 checking N with Discopoetry. We WILL come out on the other side of this thing stronger, more focused and with so much more 2 share with U.