Award Winning Spoken Word Artist & Musician Mwalim at Baker Books!

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts (March 17, 2011) – He’s a spoken word artist whose intelligent, energy-charged lyric verse has lit up the minds of folks all across the region. He’s a respected folklorist whose tales of Wampanoag legends, tradition, and history have spread across the world. He’s the soul-funk artist they call “Daphunkeeprofessor,” who’s been nominated for an Urban Music Award again this year. And he’s Whaling City Review LIVE’s featured artist at Baker Books’ Bean and Leaf Café on Saturday, March 26th, at 7:00 PM.

Considered by critics and peers alike to be one of the true modern masters of the oral tradition, Mwalim (Morgan James Peters) is a multifaceted, Black Wampanoag spoken-word artist, musician, singer, composer, writer, filmmaker and educator. He is a keeper of both the New World Griot and Ahanaeenun/ Sacred Clown traditions. He first emerged in the early 1990’s in the New England spoken-word, storytelling and theater scene and gradually came to national attention, appearing in theaters, lounges, colleges, festivals, jails, museums, libraries, coffeehouses, and various performance venues throughout the USA. He is the published author of one book, A Mixed Medicine Bag (2007, Taking Drum Press), as well as a contributor to numerous edited volumes.

In theatre, he has distinguished himself as a playwright, director, actor and teacher. Receiving his formal training from New African Company in Boston, Mwalim is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Oversoul Theatre Collective, a professional Black and Native American arts and education organization formed in 1994 on Cape Cod. Mwalim’s work has and continues to be presented throughout the United States and Canada. His 2010 CD “The Liberation Sessions” earned him the Best Male Jazz Vocalist spot in the 2010 Urban Music Awards and top nominee slots for Best Pop and Best World Music Recordings in the 2010 Native American Music Awards. He is a tenured Associate Professor of English and African/ African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

An Open Mic for anyone in the community who wants to share their poetry or short prose will precede the reading. Signup for the Open Mic begins at 6:15 PM.

Baker Books is an independent bookstore located at 69 State Rd. in North Dartmouth. For more information, visit http://www.bakerbooks.net or call (508) 997-6700. Baker Books is wheelchair accessible.

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