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The ReMINDers join fellow do-gooders for Rhythm 'N' Beets 

click to enlarge ARMANDO GENEYRO
  • Armando Geneyro
No one who’s spent any time talking to The ReMINDers will be surprised by this story: Five years ago, the local hip-hop duo had just finished up their set at the Indy Music Awards Festival and were talking to the stage manager, whose son had attention deficit disorder. He asked the couple where they’d gotten the colorful headphones their kids were wearing up onstage, which, it turned out, were made by a friend’s company up north. Not long after, the emcees returned from their car to give him a new pair in a still-sealed box. They refused to let him give them any money, wished him well, and were on their way.

So it only makes sense that The ReMINDers — aka Aja Black and Antoine “Samir” Zamundu — will be the headliners at this benefit for the Colorado Springs Food Rescue charity, where they’ll be joined by fellow do-gooders Tony Exum Jr. and My Name Is Harriett. In recent years, Colorado Springs’ kindhearted hip-hop ambassadors to the rest of the world have toured with socially conscious acts like Lauryn Hill and Brother Ali, traveled to Washington, D.C., for an hour-long performance at the Kennedy Center, and taken the stage at the Hieroglyphics collective’s 20th anniversary show. Through it all, Black’s stunning voice and Samir’s lyrical flow have given us one of the most pitch-perfect combinations of hip-hop and R&B since Hill’s days in The Fugees, while the depth of their rhymes continues to mature. These days, they spend far more time on the road than playing shows at home, so be sure to catch them while you can.


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