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Listen and download: Oklahoma rapper Gregory Jerome releases free new track "Belafonte" ahead of Festival of the Arts, Norman Music Festival performances

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: April 19, 2014 at 8:10 am •  Published: April 19, 2014
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Local community activist and hip-hop artist Gregory Jerome will make appearances at two of central Oklahoma’s biggest spring festivals, the Festival of the Arts and Norman Music Festival, fresh off the release of his newest single, “Belafonte.”

Jerome dropped “Belafonte,” the tale of a man who persevered through journey of life with the help of his Heavenly Father, on Friday. It can be heard or downloaded for free here or embedded below.

“Gregory Jerome creates music that is more human than anything I have heard in a while,” said Nathan Lee, local artist and community organizer, in a news release. “It strips away cultural differences and gets down to what connects us as humans whether it’s needs or aspirations. He makes universally connective music.”

The Café Stage at Festival of the Arts will light up at 1 p.m. next Friday when Jerome performs in collaboration with the Douglas High School Marching Band. This dynamic performance will bring a powerful energy to the socially-aware message behind much of the music. Other performers include Jeff Mims on guitar, vocalist Annisia Anderson, and KG on bass. For more information on the festival, go to www.artscouncilokc.com.

The Norman Music Festival, a free, independent music festival, will feature Jerome in collaboration with DJ Sardasssh, Jeff Mims and KG. The cross-genre performance is set for 4 p.m. April 26 at Bison Witches, 211 E Main Street. For more about the festival, go to  www.normanmusicfestival.com.

Jerome, an Oklahoma City native, has dedicated his life to being an ambassador of hip hop and creative arts. He often collaborates with artists and performers of all genres and styles, in efforts to expand his creative movement.

For more about Jerome, go to www.gregoryjerome.net.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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