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Artist Information: Desdamona

Desdamona Desdamona is the premiere female hip hop and spoken word artist in the Midwest. A FIVE time Minnesota Music Award winner for Best Spoken Word Artist (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006). What about 2001 and 2002, you might ask? The award didn't exist those two years. It is clear that Desdamona's potent poetry and fierce hip hop delivery have been an invariable force. Making her mark not only in the Twin Cities, Desdamona has graced some of America's most famous stages including The Green Mill in Chicago, The Five Spot in Philadelphia, The Nuyorican Poets Café in New York and The National Poetry Slam Competition. Desdamona won Honolulu's Slam 2004 Slam Championship. She has warmed the stages for numerous artists including: Faith Evans, Mint Condition, Wyclef Jean, Black Uhuru (Sly & Robbie), GURU, Saul Williams and Rhymesayers Artists.

Desdamona has spent years working hard, not only on her own career, but making a point to help others along the way as well. She has organized and participated in countless events benefiting various charities over the past decade. For four years she has hosted a popular weekly open mic event at The Blue Nile (Minneapolis), giving artists and musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents and network. She also co-founded B-Girl Be, the only female hip hop festival to incorporate all four elements of hip hop: mc'ing, breaking, dj'ing and graffiti. B-Girl Be (named after one of her poems) will celebrate its third annual festival June, 2007.

In 2005, Desdamona released her first full length CD, The Ledge. Largely produced by legendary duo Sly & Robbie, Desdamona garnered abundant positive write ups on the project, and earned, in addition to her win for Best Spoken Word Artist, nominations for Best Hip Hop Recording (The Ledge), Critics' Choice for Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year at the Minnesota Music Awards.

With The Source, her follow up to The Ledge, Desdamona is sure to shock many fans with her diverse offerings, and may just redefine that oft used term "triple-threat artist". Traveling seamlessly between spitting vicious rhymes, singing melodious hooks, or taking you on a journey as she effortlessly streams a thought provoking poem, it will amaze the listener that all that talent is coming from a sole artist. Desdamona also played a big part in the creation of The Source, co-producing 11 tracks on the album. The legendary Jamaican "Riddim Twins" Sly and Robbie are pleased to return to Desdamona's follow up project, offering remixes to two songs on her album, ("The Source" and "Orange and Blue").

Desdamona says, "My intention in writing and recording The Source was to provoke thought, questions and communication, and engage people through my music. I want to inspire and motivate people to create and make change. I think that we are in a dark time and I want people to know that they have the power of light and the opportunity to create a new reality for themselves as individuals and as a global community."

Artist website: cdbaby.com/cd/desdamonamusic

Artist's discography on the FS Music label

The Source
Album release: June 2007
Retail cost: $14.99 USD
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