Sir Mix-A-Lot to Demo New Music Technology at Seattle Black Music Summit


The 2nd Annual Africatown-Central District Black Music Summit 2016 will be held on April 2, 10:00A.M. through 6:00P.M. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute bringing together music stakeholders, including musicians, artists, promoters, venues, media, educators and community organizers.

Sir Mix-A-Lot, a native of the Central District, Seattle hip-hop icon and long time tech enthusiast, teamed up with local software developers to create new uses for Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service and music studio equipment. They’ll share their new “Internet of Things” application at the event, and discuss where the future of music, artificial intelligence, and technology is headed.

The purpose of this summit is to increase awareness of opportunities and strengthen networks for action.  Our goal is to address the current state and future of Black Music in Seattle and the Central District, and explore the opportunities and challenges in context of the Seattle’s City of Music Initiative ( to make Seattle a global music mecca by 2020.

Early registration to the summit is available at $10, and can be purchased through the Black Music Summit’s website. Check out the summit’s schedule below.

10:00am Industry Stakeholders Meet & Greet Continental Breakfast

10:30am Welcome & Opening Statements

10:45am – 11:30am Technology & Music Demo

  • Mix-A-Lot & Software Development Team

  • Facilitator: David Harris

11:30am – 12:15pm You Have The Talent, Now Where’s The Money?

  • Ali Graham, Uncode

  • Gab Gifted, Hip Hop Artist

  • Dominique Thomas, LHPAI –

  • Mr. Network, One Famm Music Group

12:15pm – 12:45pm Lunch Break & Networking

1:00pm – 2:00pm Beyond The Music: Design

  • Michael Elsworth, Built By Civilization

  • Atuanya Priester, Video Producer/Filmmaker

  • Margo Jones, Stylist, APPOV

  • Isiah Sevenly, Graphic Designer

2:00pm – 3:00pm From Music To Multimedia Content: Collaborations Across Genres

  • Simon Okelo, One Vibe

  • Soulma Hardiman, Abstract Soul/Music Never Sleeps

  • Jazmyn Scott, The Town Entertainment

  • Kamari Bright, Trill Effect

  • Def Chef, Hip Hop Culinary Artist

3pm-4:30pm Unconference: Open Space Break Outs

  • Using Music to Activate Neighborhoods Roundtable:

  • Preserving the culture of people of African descent through music

  • Music Video Meetup

  • Using Technology for Marketing

  • Embracing The Diaspora: Making Moves Globally

  • Young Artists Roundtable

  • Producers Connect

  • Songwriters Connect

4:45pm: Report Back

5:30pm: Networking

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