Lost Monarchs, Social Spit, The Sleepwalkers, Sacha Boutros Trio, Bill Walton and Electric Waste Band
Jay Allen Sanford 11 a.m., Nov. 14
Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap
Sound description: A fusion of hip-hop/rap and world music.
RIYL: Soul Junk, Black Mikey, Gaslamp Killer, Gonjasufi, Lil Rob, Jayo Felony, B. Slade, Nick Cannon
Inception: San Diego, 2015
Influences: IAM, Bob Marley, Buena Vista Social Club, Nas, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Amadou et Mariam
Born in Tunisia, Amen Ben Koussa, aka Amen BK, is a rapper and a songwriter. Through 2004, he performed with Mafio XMC's before forming the Tunisian band Empire (2008 - 2010).
After relocating to San Diego in 2013, he began performing and recording solo works, sometimes with Portuguese composer Miguel Fernandes. An advocate of conscious art, his lyrical content reflects a global citizen perspective on various themes, with a positive approach.
He self-released Another Perspective in 2016, with a promotional video produced for the track "One Sky Above." The song/video concerns peace and cultural coexistence between nations, featuring footage from 48 countries around the globe. Videos were also produced for "The Hermit" and "Unfair Trials."