Power of Percussion with Malik DOPE Drummer
“D.C. culture has influenced my whole life,” says musician Malik Stewart, better known as Malik DOPE Drummer. At the 2019 Folklife Festival’s D.C. Music Preservation Pop-Up, he led a percussion workshop to an actively participating audience and proved how past histories and sounds, such as the rhythmic foundation of go-go music, can influence the present, such as bounce beat and young artists like Malik himself.
The workshop was hosted by the DC Punk and Go-Go Archives, projects of the DC Public Library, the People’s University. Both archives actively seek to present dynamic local artists to share the history and culture that is Washington, D.C.