A multimedia choreographed excursion across planet hip-hop, the break/s dramatically recreates the living history of the hip-hop generation through the personal narrative of poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph. the break/s is a deeply honest investigation of Bamuthi’s conflicts between his public identity as an African-American spoken word artist, and his private life where his identity is constantly shifting in a globalized world. In this “mixtape for the stage,” Bamuthi performs in a call-and-response format with turntablist DJ Excess, and beatboxer and percussionist Tommy Shepherd (aka Soulati). Photo Credit: Umi Vaughan

A multimedia choreographed excursion across planet hip-hop, the break/s dramatically recreates the living history of the hip-hop generation through the personal narrative of poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph. the break/s is a deeply honest investigation of Bamuthi’s conflicts between his public identity as an African-American spoken word artist, and his private life where his identity is constantly shifting in a globalized world. In this “mixtape for the stage,” Bamuthi performs in a call-and-response format with turntablist DJ Excess, and beatboxer and percussionist Tommy Shepherd (aka Soulati).


Photo Credit: Umi Vaughan


the break/s: a mixtape for stage

By Marc Bamuthi Joseph for The Living Word Project
Directed  Michael John Garcés

Produced by MAPP International Productions

USA (Oakland)

UTR 2009 - The Public