First of all, shouts to Mariam, who expanded the CHURCH! repertoire this month by bringing us
a live painting backdrop to the evening. We opened up the night with Nikolai Kookesh, a unique beatmaker who brought us a spectacular out of the box set that set the stage of cypher sessions beautifully. February's cypher champs included DoNoMal, Raven, Mannotone, Madshroom, Rico, Dakota and more. Gregory Cypher of Kung Fu Grip dropped a few bars with us as well.
This was followed up by a brief but powerful set by Revels, and the cypher was then reignited to slaps by Vaughnilla, hailing from FFU and Black Magic Noize crew, who opened up the mic during his vibrant instrumental set.
Militant Child, a powerful sister who had the crowd captivated from the beginning to the end of her set. With intelligent, witty rhymes that challenge the paradigms of the status quo, and a stage presence that commands the attention of even the most indifferent eyes and ears, Mili definitely left her mark on CHURCH! and we were happy to have here. I'll let her set speak for itself with the video below.
Below are some more photos from February 9th, 2014's CHURCH! Check out the full album HERE. Enjoy, and I hope you will join us this Sunday, March 9th, for our next event. As always a big special thanks to the comrades at Black Coffee Coop for allowing us to share the space every month, as well as a huge thanks to the overworked and under-recognized squadron of volunteers at Seattle Community Media Lab for holding down the sound and more recently the lighting and other special effects for CHURCH! We love you all.