Def Sound – DANCING W/ THEE DIALOGUE
SONIC DISCOURSE
Def Sound

Def Sound – DANCING W/ THEE DIALOGUE

If music was a menu, Def Sound would be the vegan option. As an Afro Latino (parents from Belize & Panama) born and based in South Central LA, Def Sound (mom given name Emmanuel Ashley Ricketts) is a Grammy Award considered contemporary hip-hop artist, producer, published poet, DJ, and community activist.

Find a spot and some time for this playlist. Whether you are alone or with a social distance comrade, grab some liquids of choice, gather some snacks, bring a pen and paper, and wear clothes that you can dance in, lay in and quantum leap in. Whatever you do please meet this playlist as you would meet your favorite place. We are honored to journey through the mental landscape collage of artist Def Sound as he shares an audio blueprint of diasporic dialogue.

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Def’s work as a poet has been included in Saul Williams' Anthology CHORUS, while his music has been featured in LA WEEKLY, LA Record, The L.A. Times, LACMA’s Poetry series POETRY In Color, the art exhibition The Black Index curated by Bridget Cooks and the Spectrum Television show Music Diaries.
Venturing into apparel design with No.Body.Is.Illegal'' sweatshirts and tees Def donates 10% of all profits to immigrant advocacy. Def is also a contributor to the internet pirate streaming network Locally Grown.tv as a curator of his own channel COLOREDTV. Locally Grown has been called β€œThe new PBS'' by Wired Magazine and operates as 24-hour programming for deprogramming. Def also hosts a monthly radio show/podcastΒ  MIRROR TALK on listener powered non profit radio station DUBLAB. Lastly, Def is a student at UCI studying African American Studies with a focus on Black Critical Theory. Def is using his work to shift the black narrative into a space that frames the magic of the mundane with an Afro Presentist perspective. Def is serving a buffet of healthy experimental raps and poems that feed both the mind and spirit.Β  Def synthesizes Hip Hop and his Afro Latino roots using music as a healing mechanism while weaving together a tapestry of triumph, levity, and ancestry and power.

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2023
Open Air Participatory Studio W/ Supervsn & Tommy Hilfiger
2023
Tabita Rezaire: Connectivity and Farming for the Future Screening with La Film Forum
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Brick By Brick - Sonic Artifact of the Artist Moving Into Stillness
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VOGUING AND BLACKNESS IN THE SECOND LIFE COMMUNITY – A Q+A with 3d designer 7th GIRL
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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – TWO TOGETHER
art; zeitz; two-together
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ZACHARAHA MAGASA – Rain or Shine!
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WYCLIGGE MUNDOPA – What Makes Us
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VIRGIL ABLOH BROKE MY MIND – Celebrating V's Creative Legacy
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CHARMAINE WATKISS – The Seed Keepers
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TIME DECORATED – The Musical Influences of Jean-Michel Basquiat
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SOUNDHOUSE – Explore The Intimacy and Distance Listening Rooms
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SENAY KENFE – On Mutual Aid
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SOMETHING ABOUT US – African and Black American Contemporary Art Recognition
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SACROSANCT – Three-Channel Film Installation by BLACK DISCOURSE
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SALAH ELMUR - 'An Anniversary' Distortion and Color
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Interview with VISUAL CONSTRUCT – Ritual Cleansing Experimental Art Zine
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RΓ©siste - SEJIRO AVOSEH and SALIFOU LINDOU
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I SUPPORT BLACK WOMEN – Anielle Franco and Black Feminist Solidarity in Brazil
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REGGIE BURROWS HODGES – On the Verge
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PATRICK ALSTON – I’ve Never Known Home
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PANAFEST ARCHIVE – Four Key Moments of a Pan-African Encounter
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OSCAR MURILLO - Frequencies
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ON HEALING – Interview with Tasnim Morrison and words from Oyinda Yemi-Omowumi
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THREE CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN ARTISTS – Orita Meta - Crossroads
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OLIVER OKOLO- I forgot to tell you, now listen
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NIKITA GALE - Private Dancer
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CURATED BY EKOW ESHUN – An Infinity of Traces
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THE MUSEUM OF ARCHEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY – [Re:] Entanglements: Colonial collections in decolonial times
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2023
Museum of Design Atlanta – THE FUTURE HAPPENED – Designing the Future of Music
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LEILA ALAOUI - Rite of Passage (A Virtual Tour)
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ABSTRACTION, LANDSCAPE AND SCALE – Julie Mehretu
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Interview with KIRTIS CLARKE – The Fluidity Of Blackness
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KAMOINGE WORKSHOP – Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop
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John Madu & Ousmane Niang – FIGURES OF POWER
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JOHN AKOMFRAH - The Unintended Beauty of Disaster
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JAMES BARNOR – A Retrospective
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WATCH – Everything You Wear is Political: Fashion & Black Feminist Politic Salon
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James June and Aziz Gallerie – BLACK SPECTRUM
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WATCH – Black and Asian Feminist Perspectives on Immigration Salon
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FACING FIRE – A Conversation with Emmanuel Awuni
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THE COLLECTIVE FOR BLACK IRANIANS present – Hasteem: We Are Here
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HEAR HERE HERE –An Exploration of Black Femme Visions & Voices with Converse and For Freedoms
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HANK WILLIS THOMAS and TREMAINE EMORY – How Branding and Pop Culture Impact Black Civic Engagement
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HANA WARD – An Exit From This Room And Others Like It
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HANK WILLIS THOMAS - Another Justice: Divided We Stand
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2023
DEF SOUND Interviews ˈkwirΔ“/ Director Jessica Emmanuel
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GOPAL DAGNOGO – The Everyday Established as Sacred
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EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHT – Shattered Glass in Los Angeles
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2023
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2023
DERRICK ADAMS - Style Variations Exhibition
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2023
DEMI UNIQUE on Intergenerational Creativity, Food and Care
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2023
Def Sound – DANCING W/ THEE DIALOGUE
fantasy; reality; def-sound; music; sonic-dissertation
2023
Cleto MarΓ©z – SONIC DISSERTATION ON BLACK REALITY
art; fantasy; reality; cleto-marez; sonic-dissertation; music
2023
ARIANNE EDMONDS – On Memory Keeping, and Making and Finding Home
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2023
Cleto MarΓ©z, Sonic Dissertation: EYE SUPPORT BLACK WOMEN
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2023
WATCH – Back To Nigeria: A Homecoming Conversation
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2023
BLACK QUANTUM FUTURISM debuts film Write No History (2021)
art; black-quantum-futurism; past-present-projects
2023
Black Voices – FRIEND OF MINE – Group Exhibition
art; black-voices; ross-sutton-gallery
2023
Babes and Baddies – VISUAL INTERVIEW with Nolly Babes on Nigerian Feminism & Film
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2023
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2023
ANDREW PIERRE HART - The Listening Sweet Exhibition
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AMY SHERALD - The Great American Fact
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GARRET BRADLEY – America
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2023
28th NEW YORK AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL – β€˜Notes from Home: Recurring Dreams & Women's Voices’
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A Guide on How to Unleash Black Imagination to Shape the Future by Aisha Shillingford
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