“A multi-media time capsule of what was, what is and what’s next…”
In 1962, Seattle established itself as a global focal point, hosting a world’s fair driven by the space age – ultimately creating a physical legacy: Seattle Center. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fair there is cause for contemplation and realization of the changes our region faces; an entirely new set of priorities, challenges and opportunities. Today, the question aimed at the social and intellectual capital is, what feeds our region’s creative energy?
The Next Fifty is forward-thinking and ambitious, as it enlists experts, innovators, and global citizens to start and sustain a blueprint for the next half-century. The Next Fifty is a collaborative effort imagined and executed through extensive partnerships by community members, businesses and organizations that believe in the opportunity presented by the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. Their involvement is the core of the six-month celebration.
Festál is a year-long series of world cultural festivals and events hosted at The Seattle Center that honors and preserves community cultural traditions. Through a wide variety of events, installations and activities including music, dance, exhibits, ceremonies, crafts and food, Festál showcases the region’s rich and diverse cultures, promoting understanding and cultural kinship in the Pacific Northwest.
50 NEXT: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide is an online interactive experience including music from Seattle and Northwest Hip-Hop artists; featuring a short film by Avi Loud and is presented by Big World Breaks, The Town Entertainment & VILIV Inc. with The Seattle Center Cultural Programs and Festál.
Seattle Center Cultural Programs & Festál had an inspired vision of aligning the Next 50 celebration with a unique project to honor the past, present and future of the Hip-Hop community in the greater Seattle area. This project was developed over a year-long period and involved an incredible amount of talented people including the 50 Next Seattle core team comprised of Steve Sneed, Aaron Walker-Loud, Jazmyn Scott, Avi Loud and Zachary Self. The film score was composed and produced by Big World Breaks.
50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide honors the Seattle Center at fifty years by generating and promoting inter-cultural, inter-generational and international connectivity. Built to immortalize the collective works of the powerful Hip-Hop community in the greater Northwest, this project is designed to support and further cultural programs, events and projects at the Seattle Center.
Purchase amounts over the $75.00 value of the music will be tax deductible and donors will receive a donor letter from the Seattle Center Foundation.
Adult Content Advisory: Some songs included in this compilation contain adult content, (no profanity). Parental discretion advised for listeners under the age of 13.
Steve began his career at the age of 15 as the Leader of the African Drum and Dance group the OGUNDA’S. For seven years, the group performed at festivals, prisons, colleges and a various special events in the State of Washington. He later studied theatre arts, music and advertising at the University of Washington, worked as an equity actor in Seattle, produced and directed plays in Seattle and co-founded a local Production company called SNECO Productions.
Steve served as the Director of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center for 11 years. Currently he is the Managing Artistic Director of Cultural Programs at the Seattle Center, Managing 20 Cultural Festivals called Festal and other general entertainment at Seattle Center. Steve has served as a Washington State Arts Commissioner and in 2001 was the Recipient of the Corporate Council for the Arts (now Artsfund) “Unsung Hero Award”.
As the founder, director and drummer of Big World Breaks (a production company built for performance, studio and education) Aaron has had the opportunity to share stages with many great artists, including Janelle Monae, B.o.B., DJ Red Alert, Reggie Watts, DJ Qbert, Digable Planets, Saul Williams and more; and has had the honor to direct live show backing for a wide variety of artists such as Grammy Nominated singer Wayna, Zo!, Sy Smith, Kimberly Nichole, The EriAm Sisters, the Massive Monkees, Choklate, Gabriel Teodros, Blue Scholars, Khingz, Spac3man, Toni Hill, Dyme Def, Black Stax and Xperience.
Rooted in the infamous music lineage of the Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble (directed by Mr. Robert Knatt) and the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble (directed by Mr. Clarence Acox), Aaron’s path as a teaching artist has lead him to design and direct youth ensembles, curriculum development, educational workshops and on-going courses with entities such as Arts Corps, School’s Out Washington, Seattle Public Schools and Seattle JazzEd.
Jazmyn Scott is the Founder & Operator of The Town Entertainment; which presents, produces & promotes live music events and collaborates with many well-known entities in the Seattle music scene and beyond. Since its inception in 2009, The Town Entertainment has had the opportunity to collaborate with many Seattle industry heavyweights and has also produced, co-produced and promoted live events featuring local and national acts such as Zo!, Sy Smith, The Foreign Exchange, Kimberly Nichole, Bilal, Wayna, Tasha Jones, The Good Sin, Big World Breaks, Zach Bruce, Black Stax, Jus Moni, Tiffany Wilson, Che Blaq, Polyrhythmics, Darrius Willrich and many, many more. The Town Entertainment’s mission is to provide a platform for up & coming artists, musicians and performers to flourish, as well as giving audiences fresh, new entertainment experiences.
Jazmyn studied photography for many years, (prior to the creation and popularity of digital photography) and has photographed many popular Seattle Emcees and Deejays from the early 90’s through today. Through her photography, Jazmyn was able to travel to Cuba in 1999 and have her photographs featured in the Bumbershoot exhibit, “Within/Without: Contemporary Photographs of Cuba” in 2001.
Jazmyn’s biggest passion, aside from music and the Arts, is serving youth and her community. Jazmyn has worked for decades in various community organizations focusing on the growth and development of children and young people. She currently works as a Coordinator for the Early Learning Programs at Atlantic Street Center, serving children ages 2-4 and their families.
Avi Loud is an aspiring photographer & cinematographer living in the Seattle area. He is currently studying Commercial Photography at Seattle Central’s Creative Academy. His main areas of focus have been portraiture and editorial work, working alongside local Hip-Hop artists.
Recently, he has picked up cinematography, working on several short films and music videos, as well as shifting his photographic focus into fashion and modeling. He grew up immersed in Hip-Hop, music and artistry. Being surrounded by many different cultures, traditions, and artistic mediums has greatly influenced his vision as an artist and as a storyteller.
Zachary Self, co-founder and president of VILIV Inc., has over twelve years experience in multimedia production including ten years as composer and audio designer. His musical origins are rooted in deep jazz, soul and R&B traditions that transform for a new generation.
Pioneering the rap, hip hop sounds emanating from Seattle’s urban beat, Zach has launched over a dozen new artists. His unique engineering style combines technical expertise with gifted musical nuances that create dramatic and meaningful soundscapes.
VILIV Inc. Studios, Zach’s Seattle recording studio built in the shadow of Jimi Hendrix’s home, creates new sounds from new recording artists. Talent searches have led to the development of all age artists with sound vision, lyrical style and content suited to the 21st century.
He has organized and booked over 300 events, designed and created a musical venue in downtown Seattle, composed and recorded his own songs on 12 albums and provided leadership support to many organizations around the Northwest.