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Modernizing Classical Music

Jack Fleming

December 7, 2017

The problem with classical music today has nothing to do with the music itself. Rather, notable flaws in the presentation and accessibility of this genre are what must be addressed in order for it to be revitalized – its “stodgy” reputation must be firmly left behind. Classical music should not be t...

Historic Rap Musical Hits Broadway

Clara Wheeler, staff writer

March 10, 2016

Pope Leo X: I’m a patron of the arts and the head of the church, My power is supreme, but one man tries to besmirch My reputation with his declarations, his agitation of the rabble Is sure to cause a crisis greater than the Tower of Babel.   Martin Luther: The corruption of the churc...

Another Socially Conscious Seattle-Based Hip-hop Group Comes to Campus

Another Socially Conscious Seattle-Based Hip-hop Group Comes to Campus

Hannah Bartman

April 3, 2014

This Thursday, April 3, Whitman will host yet another socially conscious Seattle-based hip-hop artist, RAPlemore, to play in the Reid Campus Center. Preaching for world peace and an end to mass consumption of GMOs, RAPlemore is sure to jive with issues that concern the average Whittie. "I was re...

International Mo B. Raps with Purpose

International Mo B. Raps with Purpose

Quin Nelson

January 24, 2013

Mobi Njoku is a senior at Eastern Washington University, where he is an accounting and finance double major. Like many students, Njoku has a side hobby to keep him busy. However, when other kids are out playing disc golf, Njoku is carving out a nice rap career for himself as International Mo B. International...

Local performers get stage time at cantina

Hannah Bartman

September 27, 2012

Strolling down Main Street and looking in the quaint boutiques of Walla Walla, one would be surprised to find out that there are battles raging just a mile from the Whitman College campus. However, these are not battles of blood and gore, but battles of wit, speed and accuracy. They are rap battles that...

Hip-hop drives individuals, fuels campus music culture

Hip-hop drives individuals, fuels campus music culture

Kaili Masamoto

September 27, 2012

Wheat fields. Sunsets. Sweet onions. These might be some of the words you associate with our small college in the middle of Walla Walla. But hip-hop? Rap? While it may sound surprising, there is, in fact, a growing influence of hip-hop and rap music within our community. Sophomore Sayda Morales and ...

Radio waves carry signal of hope for incarcerated listeners

Radio waves carry signal of hope for incarcerated listeners

caitlinhardee

May 9, 2012

Ensconced behind the soundboard in the cozy KWCW studio, it's easy for a college DJ to imagine that nobody is actually listening. Few Whitties own radio sets, and while friends and family might be persuaded to tune into the webstream on occasion, the studio phones rarely light up. For good reason––KWCW's largest listener constituency doesn't ...

Whitman alum’s ‘RAPtivism’ album spreads positive message worldwide

Alex Hagen

April 5, 2012

RAPtivism, a hip-hop album by Whitman alumna Aisha Fukushima '09, has finally been released after years of traveling, recording and post-production. Fukushima, who was able to produce the album thanks to her Watson Fellowship, traveled extensively in Africa, Europe and Asia. The fellowship awarded ...

KWCW Show of the Week

The Editors

February 9, 2012

Slovakian Textiles Julez and Gretch spin hardcore classical music and underground bay area rap, along with every other genre of music. If you love Nickelback, you will love this show: totally cutting edge. Tuesdays, 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. On the dial at 90.5 FM Walla Walla and streaming live at www....

Minnesota rapper Dessa shows off her softer side

Alex Hagen

October 20, 2011

Dessa, a musical artist based in Minneapolis, seems to defy all categorization. A rapper and singer who got her start in spoken-word poetry, Dessa's music seamlessly blends elements of several different genres together into one cohesive sound. Her background in poetry and philosophy is reflected in her...

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