Quest for Fire
Imagine the hottest poet, emcee and soul artist live on a theater stage getting up close and personal. Talking about their lives, goals and inspirations then giving you the HEAT! Top notch performances live and in living color.
Taalam Acey - After visiting a poetry reading upon the invitation of a friend in 1997, Taalam Acey officially began pursuing the art of spoken word. At that point in his life, Acey was a full-time lecturer in senior level accounting at Rutgers University and a principal partner in a small business consulting firm. In 1999, Acey left Rutgers University to become a full-time performance poet. Each year, he travels to more than 50 cities in the United States and abroad to share his art and perspectives with enthralled audiences. Much of Acey's poetry addresses social and political issues from an afro-centric perspective while he maintains a fan base of a wide range of ethinicities. His work also provides a poetic perspective of relationships, whether man to woman, mother to son, or man to man. He champions the struggles of single parenthood and fatherly responsibility. Acey was one of four poets from around the US selected by Essence magazine to feature at the 2001 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Previous to that, he was chosen to open up for activist Dick Gregory for a live PBS broadcast from the University of Texas at Austin . Acey was one of five poets from around the United States selected to feature in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's ground breaking, "Theater of the Spoken Word". Acey has also lectured on performance poetry for the University of California at Berkeley's Center for Urban Education.
Jahiti of Brownfish - Jahiti is a singer/songwriter who plays the guitar based out of Baltimore MD. As part of one of Baltimore's legendary groups Brown FISH, he has performed for the past 12 years along side OOH. He has also performed as a solo artist at the same time. "FISH Bowl" (the people's album) was originally released in August 2003. It was re-released in August 2010 as a 7 year anniversary edition. That new edition would see the addition of 4 new songs.
Kane Mayfield - Born Christopher Reid (no relation) Kane has always been an outgoing character--be it sculpting intricate rap lyrics or ordering a cup of coffee, he will always give you more than what you bargain for. Born to be the most Guyanese Yankee to live and breathe, a strict West Indian upbringing has and still does direct Kane through his beats rhymes and life. Long Island raised, New Yorker to the core, he has lived in almost every borough, Jersey City, Baltimore, and Florida. His flow is mapped out like the diary of a schizophrenic, decorated with broad strokes of imagery that can either delight or horrify the senses. Kane's rhyme patterns will force your expectations off a cliff, only to swing to the rescue with the timing of a Rolex. His vocabulary is as extensive as his street slang. This along with a standing career in finance will give even the most gutter lyrics a touch of class rarely found in today's hip hop artists. He was raised in Amityville, NY (same as De La Soul), one town over from Wynedanch (Rakim), and just up the road from Brentwood (EPMD). It is somewhere in the middle of all these prolific characters that he found his voice. Kane was his name before the music however. A nickname given to him by the by the same people who would later urge him to start rapping. In 1996 he penned his first lyrics to a Wu Tang Clan instrumental set on loop in the tape deck at the recommendation of his cousin VDC. He did, and as his bars developed the two (and their mutual cousin K.Black) formed the Linque Clique. The group was quickly picked up by a local record label Street Dreams Ent, however Kane was left out of the picture. Told he wasn't strong enough on the microphone, he was left as the silent member of the newly signed group. Street Dreams closed down shortly after due to "unforeseen legal issues" and the group was back at stage one. Kane still wrote rhymes, but now they were avenues where he could vent, and deal with the tensions of work, friends dying or going to jail, and his mother who's health issues kept his sleep scarce and his nightmares vivid. He soon moved back to Baltimore, a place he was sent at 17 to get away from the footsteps of his brother, and began working in the Mortgage business. Still convinced rap was his therapy and nothing more he was not easily convinced that this could be a career. It was a sit down with a veteran music producer that first birthed the seeds that grew into Mania Music. The rest, is what we call history.
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801 McCulloh Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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