Endangered Speeches, the creative brainchild of Greek MC/singer/composer/arranger Mariletta Konstantara, aims to restore a meaningful message and forward direction to hip-hop music. Rooted equally in hip-hop and reggae, the Endangered Speeches sound is characterized chiefly by the unique global view brought by each of its 13 members. Although drum 'n’ bass, dub, ska, soul, and rebetika (traditional Greek music) all contribute to a diverse sound, the cemented rhythm section, airtight horns, and four-part vocal harmonies build a sound both unbreakable and unmistakable.
Founded in 2008, it took a year until the band’s lineup solidified. Now, under the direction of Konstantara, the group is equipped to bring their signature sound, style, and statement back to all the corners of the world that members call “home.” While Endangered Speeches formed at Berklee College of Music and currently call Boston their collective home, members hail from places as wide-ranging as Canada, Mexico, Norway, Greece, Africa, India, and around the United States, each with a different musical experience.
Now with two releases under their belt, The City Is Rough and Dem Borders Will Fall, the band moves determinedly forward, poised to bring their music home.