August is Joe Capers’ Month in Oakland: Joe Capers’ film is completed!

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Joe Capers with his dog

by Leroy F. Moore Jr.

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

Joe Capers and good friends constructed the 1st absolutely accessible studio in the San Francisco Bay Region. It was in the Oakland hills, opened in August 1989 and recorded the artists above and a lot of far 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 generate and engineer, generating his studio inexpensive in a time ahead of property recording studios had grow to be what they are right now.

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. Just after carrying out a show on musicians with disabilities, I got a contact from a pal of Joe and she told me about his perform 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. Below Bethany Stevens, who worked at Georgia State University at that time, we held the 1st ever Joe Capers award ceremony and gave the award to Joe Capers’ loved ones, who reside in Georgia, on Oct. 13, 2010.

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

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

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

In February of 2013, Krip-Hop Nation place with each other a Bay Region concert tour to raise the awareness of the perform of Joe Capers. Just 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 stated from now on August will be Joe Capers Month.

Now in 2020, ten years considering the fact that Krip-Hop Nation’s 1st Joe Capers occasion in Atlanta, we’ve completed the Joe Capers film. We – Naru and I – had major plans for Joe Capers Month, August 2020. This year in August we have been arranging to place on a Black Disabled Komics Karacters Summit, a Krip-Hop Visual Art Show and show Joe Capers’ film at 1st Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St.

But since 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 completed and that recognition has been bestowed onto a man who changed Oakland forever.

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