Have we got a lineup for you this month or WHAT. For our third Queen City Cypher, we’re going big with your host Assasi, Portland MC Words of Phrase, singers Hannah Harleen and Stephanie Crosby, and a fire track by producer and previous QCC guest artist desmo.. Expect old-school Fugees vibes with a nostalgic 1950s Nile River twist.
Join us for the live filming at 6:30PM on Saturday, June 29. Grab a snack or beverage from Queen City Cinema Club and hang out while we record the cypher and jam afterward.
This event is FREE and suitable for music fans 12 and up. Click here to check in to the Facebook event.
Stay tuned for the cypher to hit YouTube and share with your favorite hip-hop heads! Click here to catch up on previous cyphers.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Featured MC Words of Phrase was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and then moved to Maine as a teen, eager for his voice to be heard. He developed his unique flow, stylistic delivery and personality from the vastly different climates. He was inspired by the poetic language of authors, poets, musicians and artists that rebel against the norm and embrace the independent art form. Visit Words of Phrase on BandCamp.
Hannah Harleen, who was born in Berkeley, California and raised in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, has been singing since the young age of 12. Her vocal style has evolved over the years into a blend of her early jazz influences mixed with R&B, neo-soul, and pop. She likes to think of her style as a mix of Ella Fitzgerald, Alicia Keys, and Ariana Grande. Visit Hannah on Instagram.
S6ef (Stephanie Crosby) grew up virtually feral outside Millinocket, Maine. Raised by music-loving parents, she wrote dozens of angsty acoustic songs as a teenager. Music fell by the wayside for several years as she traveled as a volunteer teacher in East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, but her husband Assasi has encouraged her to pick the guitar back up and start writing music again. Visit S6ef on Instagram.
Your host Assasi is an Arabic-language hip-hop artist transplanted to Bangor, Maine from Aleppo, Syria. Inspired by American rap royalty, steeped in the traditions of Golden-Age Arabic song, and peppered with diverse cultural influences from his days wandering in exile, Assasi brings expressive and technical flows wherever he goes.
You can support the artists with a suggested donation of $5 cash or click here to contribute by PayPal.