StudioVU: Mendi and Keith Obadike

When: Wed., March 20, 6 p.m. 2013

The very busy Mendi and Keith Obadike will be stopping in Nashville today to be a part of Vanderbilt’s StudioVU series of art lectures. The pair writes literature, records music and makes art. They’ve put out two albums on Bridge Records, published a book of poetry, and are currently exhibiting their sound installation African Metropole: Sonic Cities, and touring their opera-masquerade Four Electric Ghosts. With such an eclectic output, it’s tough to predict what today’s talk will encompass. Keith grew up in Nashville and was an in-demand sound designer in the hip-hop scene while he was still a teenager. Mendi is a Californian and a poet. The Sonic Cities projects pair sound collage with recordings of poetic odes to various African cities, and it’s likely there will be more than just the artists to listen to at tonight’s presentation.

Joe Nolan

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