Just added to the Many Rivers to Cross Festival's lineup is the new country group, Anime Oscen & Hive, comprised of Canadians, Anime Oscen, Michael Brown, and Eric Papky of Hive studios and from the SPITSLAM label group. The trio are destined to take their approach to the country world by storm, one fan at a time. The lyrics are as powerful as a political left protest, with a melody ironic swing as easy as a Tennessee morning drive. They bring a different point of view to a time where talent and topic matters in country music. North country is America too, and Anime Oscen & Hive’s music can best termed as “North Country” music.
The two-day festival, will take place October 1 & 2 at the Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills outside of Atlanta. Many Rivers to Cross is about artists coming together and using their music to inspire and promote progressive social change. It is also about connecting artists and everyday people to the critical social justice work happening across the country, and providing them with concrete ways to become part of the movement.
The festival will provide a crucial space for festival goers and artists including John Legend, Common, Chris Rock, Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, Macklemore, T.I., Public Enemy., Jesse Williams, Aloe Blacc, Jussie Smollett, Danny Glover, Estelle, and others, to collaborate with activists, thought leaders and community organizers from across the country and use their platforms to amplify ideas and solutions to advance issues around voting rights, mass incarceration and community/police relations.
Founded by Belafonte in 2013, Sankofa.org has been building a platform where influential artists and grassroots leaders can work collaboratively to speak out against human rights abuse and injustice. Recently Sankofa.org partnered with Blackout for Human Rights on the successful “Justice For Flint” benefit concert, and worked with Usher on his groundbreaking “Chains” music video and racial justice campaign.
Not only is the festival about great music, it’s about raising awareness and finding solutions to the issues facing our community—particularly voting rights, mass incarceration and police/community relations.