From his substantial hip-hop duo with Talib Kweli as Black Star to Black on Both Sides to his most recent acclaimed LP The Ecstatic to his forthcoming Yasiin Bey Presents, Dante Terrell Smith has long been an innovator in his field and this coming May will bring his vision and spirit to the city of Boston. In keeping with the festival’s theme of Music, Art and Technology, Yasiin is clearly a musician, lyricist and composer. As an artist, he is also an acclaimed actor, activist and even clothing designer. In all these facets, he also embraces technology, most recently in a one-time only exclusive internet stream from a rooftop in South Africa as his newest moniker: Yasiin.
- Alessandro Cortini