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The best kept secret in music


“Your performance at the Meshell N’degeocello concert was hot. You’re always good, but I think that may have been one of your best ones I've seen! The crowd was with you, on the edge of their seats...”

- unknown source

“To hear Khari B. railing about Bobby Seale chained and gagged was to be abruptly transported to that incendiary era… Toward the end of the work, Khari B. returned to the stage, his incantations on the meaning of race in the 1960’s Chicago carrying added power in light of the music that had already unfolded.”

- Chicago Tribune January 24, 2004

Remember Gil Scott Heron…The Last Poets…well keep your eyes open and ears peeled for Khari B…a.k.a. Discopoet…with his titled CD…This Ain’t No Punk Ass Poetry. This spoken word artist electrifies…owns the stage and his audience…spitting crazy stats that can easily go unnoticed. He beautifully rants and raves…about what’s real…as a lyrical soldier pouncing up and down the catwalk of the stage…spreading words of knowledge… elevating minds… giving us refreshing food for thought in a most compelling performance! This artist has graced stages around the country…with his ‘fire’ art…scorching…penetrating…edifying. The Discopoet, a.k.a Khari B. is definitely an artist to listen to…learn from and enjoy spoken word at its best with meaningful messages. We did at the Neo Soul Explosion..."

- The Pub Report



Khari B. can also B heard on...
Ernest Dawkins’ Capetown Shuffle featuring New Horizons ensemble and Misconception of a Delusion, Shades of a Charade with the Chicago 12


Feeling a bit camera shy


Discopoetry is straight heat! Nothing but fire in the word, the music, and performances. Through the primary vision of Discopoet Khari B. the term, Discopoetry, has been the underground buzz that pushes the limits of what is recognized as Spoken Word today. Based in Chicago, Discopoetry, in its various forms, has come to burn up national stages for sometime now through an unique blend of kinetics, music, and soul searing truth in word. Audiences have come to love and voraciously ingest Khari B.’s particular brand of “soul food” as he nourishes minds, bodies, and souls of all ages and cultures with his wonderful work.

Steering away from an overly sampled society of music, Khari B. brings together some of the hottest underground musical talent to not just accompany the word but to become an integral part of it as the blend is something beautiful to behold. With a razor-like delivery and an explosively energetic performance cohesively combined to the musical creations of live musicians it’s no wonder that Khari B’s debut album is dubbed “WordSound: THIS AIN’T NO PUNK-ASSED POETRY!!!”

From a duet with one musician and the poet to the full onslaught of Khari B. performing with a 32 piece Jazz orchestra and the Muntu Dance Theatre, Khari B.'s work has the range, depth, and bredth 2 keep audiences connected and wanting more. From political 2 erotica, from societal to comedic, this lack of limitations also extend N2 the music as the Discopoetry sound dances seamlessly between Funk, Rock, Jazz, Soul, and more. "Each poem has it's own musical feel and we can't allow anyone else's labels 2 define what that should B. We play great music and it's just that simple," say creator, Khari B.,"...sticking this sound N2 a box only does a disservice 4 those listeners looking 4 that something more."