Oakland musicians Jennifer Johns and Kev Choice talk about exploring music to create a positive vibe in the environment. From a young age, in addition to promoting social change through sound, Jenn wanted to solve large problems such as ‘Hunger’ and it pushed her to champion food justice. Kev chose to give back to community youth by teaching them music. According to him, working with young people is the most powerful tool for change.

Video shot by Christie Goshe and Jessica Jones, edited by Christie Goshe and Michelle Hoy.

Audio setup by Homero Espinosa. Photos by Tim Kempf.

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We have 2 amazing people to speak about Change. One of them will be broadcast all the way from South Africa via the inter webs.

Jennifer Johns: Vacillating between soul, hip hop, afro beat, dancehall, reggae, deep house and all rhythms in between, Oakland-based Jennifer Johns produces sounds and experiences that are sure to stir your soul, inspire your mind and move your body. Jennifer has taken her global movement music around the world - rocking stages from Denver to Dusseldorf, Los Angeles to London, Kuala Lumpur to Kampala - opening for some of the best in the business including the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Capelton, Jr. Reid, Ziggy Marley, Gil Scott Heron, Wyclef, Bebel Gilberto, Les Nubian, India Irie, De La Soul and Common to name just a few.

Kev Choice: Pianist. Emcee. Producer. Bandleader. Sideman. Music historian. Kev Choice wears many hats, and all of them fit. Blessed with prodigious talent, plus the skill and dedication to his craft to pull it off, the Oakland-based artist is redefining what it means to be a musician in this day and age. Not too many classically-trained pianists who hold Master’s degrees in jazz can rock microphones with blazing-hot 16s.

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