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DMV: The Beat

60 min   |   ENGLISH   |  WHUT 

DMV: The BEAT  is a first of its find WHUT production. This studio concert series pays tribute to various genres of music, from Classic R&B to Gospel to Go-Go, featuring the East Coast top musicians performing original songs. 

DMV: The Beat will have guest hosts from WHUR96.3 RADIO who will interview the artists about their journey.


Sirius Company; A band of multitalented singers, rappers and musicians, bring to the
music scene, an exciting mix of style, versatility, and vocal ability. Lead by Frank Sirius,
penned the "godson of Go-Go", these amazing entertainers, have formed a sound, soon
to be recognized as pioneers of GoGo music, as they embark on a path of a
groundbreaking style, never before seen in Go-Go

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Restine Jackson has devoted his entire life to music and God, developing a career for himself as a national gospel artist while still in his early 20s. The Detroit native first began playing piano in his father's church when he was only four years old. He later expanded his musical abilities as a singer, songwriter, producer, composer, choir director, and musician. Given all these talents, it was only a matter of time before Jackson attained major recognition. His first taste of such success came at age 17 when he won a gold medal for musical composition at the NAACP's ACT-SO competition after scoring music for a 30-piece orchestra. He went on to study music education at Morgan State University and perform with the secular rap group Black Nitrogen. Following his graduation, he founded and directed the gospel choir at Sherwood High School in Montgomery County, MD, and is a minister at Greater Grace Temple Church in Capitol Heights, MD. Furthermore, when time permits, Jackson also records albums and performs live, both of which are documented on Praise Party Live in D.C. (2002), an album featuring both studio and live recordings.

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DuPont Brass is a unique, soulful, brass ensemble hailing from the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Originally composed of five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season, they have now grown to an 9-piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section, and vocalists. DuPont Brass has had the opportunity to perform in conjunction with the D.C. Jazz Festival, The Washington Performing Arts Society, and on the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Consistently touching the hearts of the community with their heartwarming testimony, DuPont Brass has been featured on WPFW's “Live at Five” three times and featured in the Washington Post Newspaper five times. Through their training in both classical and contemporary styles, the rising supergroup has developed a sound that mixes varied genres of music, including jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. 


Carolyn Malachi, a soulful singer backed by drums, piano and bass, combines jazz, hip hop, spoken word and lots of imagination. In 2013 the artist whom MTV calls “one of five R&B artists to obsess over” – released a full-length album. GOLD includes FM/XM radio hit “All Right” and “Fall Winter Spring Summer,” which NPR named to its 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing list. When asked whether she prefers rapping to singing or spoken word poetry, Malachi replies, “Ultimately, the music comes first, because music is freedom.”

In January 2013 Carolyn launched the #IAM Campaign in partnership with The School Fund (TSF), Carmelita Group, and Chegg. This innovative campaign fused tech, commerce, and music to address one cause – global access to education. Says Carolyn Malachi, “Each of our paths is unique. Music is the intersection where we pause for collective conversation.” Carolyn also earned a Grammy award nomination in 2011 for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

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