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

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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, Also Brief and Dawn Robinson of En Vogue, just to name a handful of, and back then there have been only a handful of residence 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 buddies constructed the very first 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 quite a few much 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 make and engineer, producing his studio economical in a time prior to residence recording studios had develop into what they are these days.

Joe Capers passed away on Nov. 27, 2002, and in 2009 I was a component of a radio collective at KPFA in Berkeley that covered difficulties, news, arts and music of the disabled neighborhood, referred to as Pushing Limits. Immediately after undertaking a show on musicians with disabilities, I got a contact from a buddy of Joe and she told me about his perform in the music scene and counseling newly blind individuals 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 Region searching for individuals 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 mentioned from now on August will be Joe Capers Month.

At the finish of the conversation, Naru supplied to perform on a documentary of Joe Capers and what his perform meant to the city of Oakland in 2010. Naru pulled a terrific group collectively to perform on the documentary.

In February of 2013, Krip-Hop Nation place collectively a Bay Region concert tour to raise the awareness of the perform 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 due to the fact Krip-Hop Nation’s very first Joe Capers occasion in Atlanta, we’ve completed the Joe Capers film. We – Naru and I – had massive plans for Joe Capers Month, August 2020. This year in August we have been organizing 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 due to the fact of COVID, we had to limit the celebration to Zoom in Joe Capers’ month, August 2020. Ten years in the producing, the film that Naru and I and the film crew are so proud of, that the film is accomplished and that recognition has been bestowed onto a man who changed Oakland forever.

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