August is Joe Capers’ Month in Oakland: Joe Capers’ film is carried out!

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Joe Capers with his dog

by Leroy F. Moore Jr.

If you had been in Oakland in the ‘80s and ‘90s, you’d have heard of the likes of Tony, Toni, Tone, young MC Hammer, Digital Underground, Also Quick and Dawn Robinson of En Vogue, just to name a couple of, and back then there had been only a couple of residence studios. Joe Capers, aka Blind Joe, a blind musician and producer, was a single of the creators of the sounds of the Oakland music scene in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Joe Capers and buddies constructed the very first totally accessible studio in the San Francisco Bay Location. It was in the Oakland hills, opened in August 1989 and recorded the artists above and several a lot more who went on, as we now know, to be legends in the Hip-Hop and Soul arena locally, nationally and internationally. Joe Capers took youth off the streets of Oakland and taught them to create and engineer, generating his studio inexpensive in a time just before residence recording studios had turn into what they are these days.

Joe Capers passed away on Nov. 27, 2002, and in 2009 I was a aspect of a radio collective at KPFA in Berkeley that covered troubles, news, arts and music of the disabled neighborhood, known as Pushing Limits. Immediately after carrying out a show on musicians with disabilities, I got a get in touch with from a buddy of Joe and she told me about his function in the music scene and counseling newly blind persons in Oakland.

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That information began a trail of events involving Krip-Hop Nation, an international network of Hip-Hop and other musicians with disabilities that I began. Beneath Bethany Stevens, who worked at Georgia State University at that time, we held the very first ever Joe Capers award ceremony and gave the award to Joe Capers’ family members, who reside in Georgia, on Oct. 13, 2010.

Immediately after that occasion, I came back to the Bay Location seeking for persons who knew Joe, and that is when I reconnected with Naru Kwina of Oakland, who knew the late Joe Capers and utilized to go to Joe’s studio, J-Jam in East Oakland. Naru listened to what Krip-Hop Nation and I had been attempting to do for the legacy of Joe Capers.

. . . we received the official proclamation by the Mayor of Oakland that mentioned from now on August will be Joe Capers Month.

At the finish of the conversation, Naru provided to function on a documentary of Joe Capers and what his function meant to the city of Oakland in 2010. Naru pulled a fantastic group with each other to function on the documentary.

In February of 2013, Krip-Hop Nation place with each other a Bay Location concert tour to raise the awareness of the function of Joe Capers. Immediately after the tour, Naru and I applied to the city of Oakland to have the month of August to be Joe Capers’ Month and we received the official proclamation by the Mayor of Oakland that mentioned from now on August will be Joe Capers Month.

Now in 2020, ten years considering the fact that Krip-Hop Nation’s very first Joe Capers occasion in Atlanta, we’ve completed the Joe Capers film. We – Naru and I – had huge plans for Joe Capers Month, August 2020. This year in August we had been preparing to place on a Black Disabled Komics Karacters Summit, a Krip-Hop Visual Art Show and show Joe Capers’ film at Initially Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St.

But for the reason that of COVID, we had to limit the celebration to Zoom in Joe Capers’ month, August 2020. Ten years in the generating, the film that Naru and I and the film crew are so proud of, that the film is carried out and that recognition has been bestowed onto a man who changed Oakland forever.

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