SUA and KJHK present: Princess Nokia at The Granada

Student Union Activities and KJHK present: Princess Nokia at The Granada Theater

Lawrence, Kan.– Princess Nokia, a rapper from New York City graced the stage of The Granada Theater on Thursday, September 28 to share her unique style and messages of empowerment with the Lawrence community.

Princess Nokia began her show with a list of rules for the audience. Among these rules, she emphasized that this venue was a safe space for concert-goers of all identities and expressions, especially trans people and people of color. Princess Nokia also urged the crowd to allow shorter women to come to the front. Immediately after her list of rules, she blasted her upbeat song, Kitana, and crowd surfed through the audience.

Frasqueri described her stage name, Princess Nokia, in an interview with Bullet Magazine. She says by using this name, “I can venture into any realm of music or character of my choosing without confusion. I’m making worldly music—music that will talk to all kinds of people. Banjee girls in Harlem, teen brides in the Middle East, gay boys in East Asia. Labels no longer matter. My new music is cosmic and three-dimensional, and it will really speak of who Princess Nokia is. Princess Nokia is sound. It is progression. It is all that I am.”

The rapper, of Puerto Rican descent, recently launched a GoFundMe to raise aid for Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico. She aims to raise $100,000 for the island. More information about her efforts can be found in this video Princess Nokia posted on her YouTube channel: Hurricane Maria Relief Fund with Princess Nokia – YouTube

More resources:

I Heart Local Music

Beyond the Sound – photo album

KJHK review

About Princess Nokia: Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, known by the stage name Princess Nokia is from New York City. She is of African and Puerto Rican descent. Nokia recently released her first album, 1992 Deluxe, in September of 2017. Frasqueri is currently touring around the world performing at music festivals including Liverpool Music Week and Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris. Soon after this performance in Lawrence, Kansas, she will be off to Spain for three performances around the country.

About Student Union Activities: The Student Union Activities (SUA) Board is a student organization that has planned events for the KU community for over 70 years.  Events are chosen, planned, and carried out by seven student committees. SUA’s mission is to seek to enrich the college experience by providing diverse, interactive, and educational programming and leadership opportunities for the KU community.  SUA strives to uphold its mission through every event it brings to the KU campus.

About The Granada Theater: Originally built in the 1930′s as a silent movie theater, The Granada has been hosting live music since 1993. Some noteworthy national and international artists include: M83, The Get Up Kids, Ben Folds, Flaming Lips, Weezer, Henry Rollins, Pat Green, G-Love & Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Dirty Projectors, Jerry Cantrell, Murder by Death, Big Head Todd, Smashing Pumpkins, Rusted Root, John Mayer, Creed, Blink 182, The Roots, Jack’s Mannequin, Walk The Moon, The Killers, Phoenix and Snow Patrol.

About the KU Memorial Union: The KU Memorial Union, a not-for-profit affiliate of the University of Kansas, operates the KU Bookstore, KU Dining, KU Event Services, and KU Union Programs. Proceeds resulting from Union services are reinvested into KU student initiatives. For more information about the KU Memorial Union or any of its services, please call JJ O’Toole at 785.864.2436.

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