There are those rare and unique experiences in our lives when we are fortunate enough to witness a talent so undeniable the inspiration will never let us forget it. Dahlak Brathwaite embodies one of those unforgettable moments. With an intense and remarkable presence in the arenas of poetry, hip-hop, and theater, Dahlak moves his audience to remember his name. When Dahlak’s performance at the filming for the fifth season of HBO'S Def Poetry Jam in 2005 was followed by three standing ovations, it was apparent that the world of spoken word had just discovered a new force to be reckoned with. Seasoned with two Bay Area poetry slam championships and national slam championship, Dahlak proves that his name carries the impact to leave an imprint in history. His witty punchlines and heartfelt social commentary have awed crowds of all platforms, his presence unmistakably passionate and breathtaking whether on the mic or on the stage.
Dahlak is a member of internationally acclaimed spoken word collective, iLL-Literacy, and has shared the stage with such artists as Lauryn Hill, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Last Poets, KRS-One, Afrika Bambataa, and Saul Williams. In 2006, he received a second invitation to perform for the 6th Season of Def Poetry Jam, reminding us once again of the extraordinary power and charisma that makes him one of the most memorable artists of his generation.
A multi-disciplinary artist armed with a triple threat, Dahlak not only captivates listeners in the poetry scene, but also extends his talents as an actor and emcee in the realms of theater and hip-hop. While performing with iLL-Literacy, he also tours internationally with renowned Broadway veteran Marc Bamuthi Joseph as a cast member of the Scourge theater company. This year, Dahlak will have hit cities in Belgium, Netherlands, and South Africa, presenting his unquestionable stage magnetism to audiences worldwide. Dahlak’s debut solo album, Dual Consciousness, is rapidly catching fire, instantly gaining momentum as one of the most anticipated albums in the independent music scene. Only a week after its launch on global music forum MP3.com, Dahlak’s album skyrocketed to number two on the charts, proving once again his undeniably recognizable talent.
It is truly an exceptional experience when we are able to watch a phenomenon grow and rise into a legacy. Dahlak Brathwaite is a legacy in the making, a name we will all recognize and remember, his influence and inspiration both striking and long lasting. Watch him world, this is only the beginning.