The BIRNNick Hakim with Danielle Ponder
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Nick Hakim, a singer-songwriter and producer from Washington, D.C., grew up in a household overflowing with musical diversity. He cites wide-ranging influences such as Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Madlib, and MF Doom.
His debut project, the 2014 EPs Where Will We Go, Pt. 1 and Where Will We Go, Pt. 2, released through his own imprint (Earseed Records) earned critical praise from NPR and the New York Times. In May 2017, he released his debut full-length album, Green Twins, an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences since releasing the EPs.
Hakim is based in the Queens borough of New York City and is part of the Onyx Collective, an enigmatic jazz ensemble.
Danielle Ponder is a native of Rochester, New York, who is influenced by artists such as Nina Simone, Big Mama Thornton, Shirley Chisholm, Cornel West, and Lauryn Hill. Ponder has opened for powerhouses such as George Clinton, Ledisi, and the Roots. Her band, Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People, transcends musical genres with a blast of deep, powerful groove and soul. They were named one of the top 10 bands to watch by CityPaper and won best band at the 2015 and 2016 Roc Awards.
Beyond her musical talent, Ponder is a passionate defense attorney, speaker, and activist who has dedicated the past 15 years to organizing and speaking up for marginalized communities. She has worked on issues such as education funding, women’s rights, and criminal justice reform.