Sammus with Just Plain Jones and Achene


Sammus with Just Plain Jones and Achene

the rapper-producer-writer-activist & Ivy League PhD candidate returns!

Sammus (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is an Ithaca-raised, Philadelphia-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University.  Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-identified nerds and geeks, among others. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, Sammus “has a gift for getting a message across.” Having recently made her Don Giovanni debut (while remaining tied to NuBlack Music Group), she is poised to cement herself as an artist who consistently thinks outside boxes and dances across lines (and does other neat things with geometrical figures).

In addition to managing a full-time music career, Enongo has spent the past eight years as a public-school and college level educator. After graduating from Cornell University in 2008 with a double BA in Sociology and Science & Technology Studies, she was accepted into the national teaching program Teach for America and placed in Houston Texas, where she taught elementary math and science between 2008 to 2010. In the fall semester of 2011 she returned to Cornell as a PhD candidate to pursue an interest a wide array of sound studies topics, including sound and gaming as well as the identity politics of community studios. As an academic in training and very-vocal feminist, Enongo has produced articles for publications such as Bitch, For Harriet, Sounding Out!, and The Mary Sue related to issues of race, hip-hop, gaming, and feminism.

Just Plain Jones is the nom-de-plume of Portland producer-rapper-singer-multi-instrumentalist, Patrick Jones. His 2017 EP, Bright blends his pan-idiomatic songwriting sensibilities with his mastery of hip-hop production from ethereal boom-bap to heavy electro-funk to sinewy neo-soul. His latest single, "Find Your Peace" is a seemless synthesis of all these styles, as well as a calling card for a rapper-producer of singular vision, purpose, and drive.  

Achene is a core member of the Biddeford-based Soul Folks Records / Ruby Yacht Makers Guild family. She breaths a distinctive meditative quality into her electro-acoustic songsmithing, recalling the sounds of paragons of the pop avant-garde such as Sade, Grouper, and Julianna Barwick, as she effortlessly weaves collage, minimal synth, folk, noise, and r&b. 

April 11, 2019
8:30 PM