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Conscious Groove with Naki Akrobettoe

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Join Poetess Tracy Powell and the sensational Naki Akrobettoe, the granddaughter of Ghanaian royalty and an American coal miner, Naki Akrobettoe born and raised in Columbus, Ohio began her love of poetry and performance at the age of 12. Intrigued by the natural flow of expression, she studied historic writers such as Phyllis Wheatley, Langston Hughes, Toi Derricote, and many more. While in her freshman year at The University of Toledo she was introduced to her mentor Rane Arroyo. Under his teaching Naki found her voice and quickly became a highly requested artist, impacting not only the campus, but taking the community by storm. In 2004 she Co-founded the student organization D.E.E.P. (Developing Empowering Enhancing Poets through Poetry.In addition to her many achievements academically, Naki has opened for hip hop artist Talib Kweli and performed on the same stage as Grammy Nominated Artist, Dwele. Also Naki’s love and passion for music landed her a position as co-host on the radio show “The Session” WXUT 88.3 FM. Naki has been featured at Tripple Croxx Entertainment’s off-broad way production “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” with HBO Def Poet, M’Reld and Internationally known Poet, Tasha Jones. In May of 2010 she released her debut album, PENSTROKES. In 2010 Naki, co-founded Azucar Morena Ent and launched the live poetry series “The E-Zone.”In 2011 Naki also founded “Face of Africa Artist Series” an ongoing event that provides a platform for the exhibition of African Culture through creative arts such as poetry, music, and dance. Next up on Naki’s agenda is touring with her “Face of Africa Artist Series” and releasing her 2012 album “D.O.P.E”.