Section: Arts

Quese Imc, hip-hop artist and cultural activist, visits Kenyon for Global Engagement Week

Quese Imc, hip-hop artist and cultural activist,  visits Kenyon for Global Engagement Week

Courtesy of Erika Cuevas

By Julie France

This past Saturday, Quese Imc, a hip-hop artist and member of the Pawnee and Seminole Nations,  performed in front of students and family at Taste of Kenyon. The event celebrated Kenyon’s cultural diversity through music, food and fashion in the ballroom in Gund Commons. Quese Imc performed between student bands and poem readings. He first sang a traditional prayer song followed by a second song that started off as traditional, transitioning into hip-hop with lyrics advocating the unity of cultures. Quese Imc’s hand drum reverberated in his songs, adding a profound rhythm to his music as the audience munched on pulao rice, a fragrant South Asian dish with cashews and coconut flakes, and more tasty treats. Later Saturday evening, Quese Imc also performed hip-hop at the Horn Gallery.

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