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Desdamona

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Desdamona is the premiere female hip hop and spoken word artist in the Midwest. A FIVE time Minnesota Music Award winner for Best Spoken Word Artist (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006). What about 2001 and 2002, you might ask? The award didn’t exist those two years.

It is clear that Desdamona’s potent poetry and fierce hip hop delivery have been an invariable force. Making her mark not only in the Twin Cities, Desdamona has graced some of America’s most famous stages including The Hollywood Bowl, The Green Mill in Chicago, The Five Spot in Philadelphia, The Nuyorican Poets Café in New York and The National Poetry Slam Competition.

Desdamona won Honolulu’s Slam 2004 Slam Championship. She has warmed the stages for numerous artists including: Faith Evans, Mint Condition, Wyclef Jean, Black Uhuru (Sly & Robbie), GURU, Saul Williams, Bahamadia, Ursula Rucker and Rhymesayers Artists. She also recently got home from tour with reggae legends Sly & Robbie and has shared the stage with the Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Desdamona has spent years working hard, not only on her own career, but making a point to help others along the way as well. She has organized and participated in countless events benefiting various charities over the past decade. For four years she has hosted a popular weekly open mic event at The Blue Nile (Minneapolis), giving artists and musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents and network. She also co-founded B-Girl Be, the only female hip hop festival to incorporate all four elements of hip hop: mc’ing, breaking, dj’ing and graffiti. B-Girl Be (named after one of her poems) will celebrate its third annual festival June, 2007.

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