Posted on: February 28, 2024 Posted by: LeKeisha Edwards Comments: 6

Syncing Ink is Here! Off-Broadway Production to Debut at The Apollo Stages

Writer: LeKeisha Edwards

The performing arts are aglow with sensational plays that not only feature all-Black casts, but more importantly tell the stories that reflect the culture, the trials, and triumphs that are all encompassing of the Black experience and Black ancestry. The Off-Broadway production of Syncing Ink is no exception in its celebration of authentic hip-hop theater, family, and pursued destiny.

Created by Nsangou Njikam, the production follows the journey of Gordon Morris, an aspiring emcee and Master of the Ceremony, who doesn’t know if he can even rhyme. Rooted in traditional Yoruba culture, Gordon is faced with the decision to embrace the power of his words–for himself, his family, and the fate of hip-hop itself. The play’s daring and original ode to hip-hop and appreciation for culture, adds to the already colorful and rich mosaic of the Black community, and meaningfully reflects the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s (ASALH) 2024 theme for Black History Month: African Americans and the Arts. This year’s theme honors the visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary, and other forms of cultural expression of Black Americans, and recognizes their use of art to preserve history and community memory, along with empowerment. From artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, the Black Renaissance, and of course–hip-hop, Syncing Ink will now add to the dynamic force of Black culture in the performing arts with its initiative to drive transcontinental conversations across our art, cultural celebrations, and representation in the American theater. 

 

 

AfricanAncestry.com, a world leader in tracing maternal and paternal lineages of African descent, is recognized as a partner for Syncing Ink and shares high esteem for the production and partnership. “[…] Nsangou Njikam reflects African Ancestry in Action! It is an honor to partner with his latest project to present the power of ancestry and performance,” says Dr. Gina Paige, Co-Founder and President of AfricanAncestry.com. The partnership aims to leverage the strengths of both organizations in celebration and exploration of African heritage, endeavoring to provide individuals with insights into their ancestral roots through innovative technologies, cultural education, and honoring the legacy of hip-hop, and its vibrant expression of the African diaspora. 

 

Syncing Ink cast (Courtesy: SpotCo)

 

Directed by Awoye Timpo, the cast features McKenzie Frye (Mona Lisa), Nuri Hazzard (Jamal), Elisha Lawson (Ice Cold), Nsangou Njikam (Gordon/Creator), Adesola Osakalumi (Baba/Choreographer), Kara Young (Sweet Tea), Dennis A. Allen II, and Angela Christine. Along with DJ and Composer, Proda, and costume designer, Ty Hunter, the production produced by Just V Productions, Artification, and Showtown Productions, will premiere at The Apollo Stages at The Victoria in Harlem, NY. Performances begin on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, with opening night taking place on Sunday, May 19, 2024. Tickets to the show are available now with prices beginning at $59 (inclusive of fees), and can be purchased online at syncingink.com

Panel discussions and community activations are also scheduled throughout the limited engagement–a highly impactful opportunity to have dialogue and further the conversations about hip-hop, Black culture, and lived experiences. 

 

 

 

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