A free hip-hop performance by artists Frank Waln and the Sampson Brothers will take place
This Friday, April 4th at 7:30pm in the Glenn Miller Ballroom (doors open at 7:00)
CU Boulder’s Tanaya Winder (Director of Upward Bound) will open with a spoken word performance.
Frank is a 24 year old Sicangu Lakota from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Frank has won numerous awards and recognition from media sources and the Native community. As a Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient he is studying Audio Design and Production at Columbia College. He expects to graduate this spring. Throughout his musical career Waln has demonstrated a powerful commitment to the indigenous cause. He focuses on addressing and dismantling mass media misrepresentation and its harmful effects on how Native peoples are viewed both nationally and internationally.
His group won Best Rap/Hip-Hop Recording at the 2011 Native American Music Awards and was awarded the ROCKWiRED Radio Music Award for Best Group. Waln won Best Male Artist in 2013 in the ROCKWiRED awards. Frank has performed at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, tribal colleges and was recently selected as the keynote speaker for the Chicago-citywide American Indian Education Council’s Achievement Celebration