World Hip-Hop Fusion Ensemble Audiopharmacy to perform for Founders Day

San Francisco-based world hip-hop ensemble Audiopharmacy will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 in Cat Cavern, within Willamette’s Putnam University Center. This free, public event is part of the Indian Country Conversations series and celebrates Willamette’s Founders Day. 

Willamette students volunteering as part of the Chemawa Indian School Partnership Program will join Audiopharmacy lead band member Ras K’dee for a native hip-hop workshop at the Chemawa Indian School Jan. 28-31.

Audiopharmacy blends hip-hop, reggae and world music to deliver its message of empowerment and respect for life. The band describes itself as providing “visual and audio healing geared to soothe the senses and feed the soul.” Its most recent release is “U Forgot About Us,” an album that honors those forgotten by the mainstream but remembered by their indigenous descendants. 

The Indian Country Conversations series is sponsored by the Office of the President and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. It is coordinated by anthropology professor Rebecca Dobkins in consultation with the university’s community-based Native American Advisory Council

Founders Day recognizes the university’s founding by Jason Lee and other Methodist missionaries who came to the Willamette Valley in 1834 to open an Indian mission school. In 1842, Lee and the missionary community established the Oregon Institute, a school for settlers’ children; this marked the founding of what is now Willamette University.