Liberated Muse Arts Group

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The Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest (2008-2010)



The Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest ran for three summers, produced by arts journalist and performance artist Khadijah Ali-Coleman and realtor and arts advocate Maceo Thomas in partnership as Liberated Muse Productions (now defunct). Khadijah used her digital community Liberated Muse as an information portal for the festival, attracting over 700 performing artists interested in participating in the summer event. The music festival celebrated the soul and hip-hop music found in the Nation's Capital while also providing a platform for nonprofit organizations to offer services and supports to the local community. Past performers have included Mello D & the Rados, Colie Williams, Rogiers, Kenny Wesley, Gods'illa, Substantial, Tamika Love Jones, Tia Dae, Mycah Chevalier, Anonamas, Chaquis Maliq, Uninterrupted, Enoch 7th Prophet, The 5th L, Ozara Ode, Quineice, Derrick Marquis, Lucky Dub, Cool Cee Brown, Princess of Controversy, Mahoganee, Teisha Marie, Dionne, Bomani Armah, GODISHEUS, Marcell & the Truth, Mikuak Rai, Dee Stone, Deja Belle, Christylez, Afi Soul, and more.

Khadijah and Maceo dissolved their partnership and ended the festival after the final event in 2010. Over 5000 people attended the festival over the event's three-year life span. The festival was produced through volunteer support and small business sponsorship.

Khadijah went on to broaden Liberated Muse's scope as a performing arts company, focusing on developing the performance troupe that Liberated Muse is known for today.