Empowering Youth through Transatlantic Hip-Hop Exchanges
Discussion & Performance
Baden-Württemberg Delegation Trip to California
Location: Los Angeles, CA
By invitation only
In the early 1990s, a youth exchange brought young people from the San Francisco Bay area and Stuttgart together. They had one thing in common: they used Hip-Hop music as a way of expression to talk about the things that mattered to them, from environmental issues to social inequality, from education to politics. These trips across the Atlantic were formative: for many of the American participants, it was the first opportunity to travel outside of their communities. And for a young Max Herre, his trip to California became one of the reasons he wanted to pursue music professionally – he later went on to become one of the key figures of German Hip-Hop.
On October 6, we’ll bring Max Herre and Adisa Banjoko, an educator who also participated in the same program, together again to discuss the power of transatlantic friendship, youth exchanges, empowering young people, and – of course – Hip-Hop. Max Herre performs live, and we’ll also hand the mic to two emerging artists: German newcomer ISAIAH and L.A.-based rapper Dynasty.
Max Herre is an award-winning German rapper, singer-songwriter, and music producer.
Born and raised in Stuttgart, he became a key figure of German Hip-Hop in the 1990s together with his band Freundeskreis and the artist collective Kolchose. Freundeskreis and the ensuing mega group FK-Allstars are known for their style of conscious rap and released several albums, including Die Quadratur des Kreises (1997) and Esperanto (1999), to great critical acclaim and commercial success.
Since 2001, Max Herre has focused on producing other artists and pursuing a solo career; his most recent album ATHEN came out in 2019. In 2022, Max Herre, together with fellow producer Dexter, compiled a double album with music from the 1970s on occasion of the 75th anniversary of legendary GDR label AMIGA; this compilation also includes two new titles by Herre based on AMIGA songs.
Herre continues to use his platform to raise awareness for humanitarian and political causes that he cares about.
Photo Credit: Gabriela Alatorre
Adisa Banjoko aka The Bishop of Hip-Hop is a journalist, podcast-host, speaker, and educator from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has given lectures at Harvard, Oberlin, University of Connecticut, Stanford, Brown University, and juvenile halls across the country.
As a teen and young adult, Banjoko was a pioneering Hip-Hop artist who rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Eazy-E and Tupac Shakur. His experiences as an artist led to a career in Hip Hop journalism and passions for writing and speaking that he pursues to this day.
From 2006 to 2018 Adisa Banjoko founded and ran the Hip-Hop Chess Federation which worked with RZA and GZA from Wu-Tang Clan, to teach incarcerated kids connections between chess and life. He also curated two groundbreaking museum exhibits on the relationship between Hip-Hop, chess, and martial arts. Currently, Banjoko is preparing the launch of his newly founded 64 Blocks organization, a non-profit that fuses jiu-jitsu, chess, and stoic philosophy for mental and physical wellness.
ISAIAH is an exciting new talent in the German rap scene.
Born in 2000 into a family of musicians, he was destined to follow his parents‘ footsteps, but ISAIAH made sure to carve out his own path into the music business. In addition to a variety of musical influences, his South-African grandfather’s record collection and knowledge of Jazz, Soul, and Funk also left a lasting imprint on ISAIAH.
ISAIAH’s sound is somewhere between the streets of Berlin and Californian laid-back Rap, Trap beats, and Soul samples. His debut single “CHBABY”, a tribute to his neighborhood Charlottenburg, came out in July 2022. Subsequently, he released the double single OMW/STRUGGLE that describes his generation’s search for orientation in everyday life in the big city and in relationships.
Photo Credit: Gabriela Alatorre
Dynasty is a Hip-Hop/Soul artist and actor originally from New York CIty, now based in Los Angeles.
Dynasty has been blazing tracks and stages for years with a catalogue influenced by gritty northern sounds and life’s adventures that includes tracks with DJ Premier, Talib Kweli, Skyzoo, Rapper Big Pooh, Apollo Brown and more.
She has performed internationally on stages from Germany to France, Italy to Romania and beyond, performing and connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds. Although the performing arts are her passion, inspiring others to push for their authentic best lives is her purpose. To combine the two, she also works as a consultant and speaker for creative personal development.
There is no “set demographic” for Dynasty, no gimmick, no crafted agenda aside from making beautifully raw music. Her authentic mass appeal transcends all boundaries. In April 2022, she released her latest single Beauty.Freedom.Love.
Mike Relm is a Los Angeles-based DJ best known for his music/video mash-ups, live concerts, and broadcast work. He has DJed on tour with Tony Hawk, The Blue Man Group and Pharcyde, among others.
Part director, part Hip-Hop producer, Relm has introduced the world to a style that truly echoes the fever-pitched pace of modern entertainment while paying homage to classic filmmakers and musicians.