Sur Ellz on the Loco Localz Show_test

Meena Rezaei

Diversity has now, more than ever, been a hot topic of discussion. With diversity, one can connect nearly every element of a society. Issues regarding diversity in the realm of social justice can tie in with the artistic community, and these connections go on.

Many individuals perceive the topic of diversity as something very intimidating to address. To relieve this tension, CSU has been hosting a Diversity Symposium this week: with a ride range of panels presented across campus each day in order to familiarize students on the topic of diversity. This week of celebrating and addressing diversity will conclude with the Playing for Change concert.

The Playing for Change Concert will take place on Friday, September 23rd at 7pm in the LSC Sculpture Garden. It is free (that’s right FREE) to the public and will pose as a platform for musicians, representing a variety of cultures, to perform.

Sur Ellz, a Denver-based R&B artist, graced the Loko Locals show with his presence last week and will be one of the many artists performing at the Playing for Change concert. With hints of Frank Ocean, Prince and J Dilla – Sur Ellz has provided an incredible take on the Future Funk genre of R&B that is rapidly emerging today. To top it off, he did an incredible cover of Aaliyah’s “One in a Million” (which may be one of my favorite tracks to date..). If you missed the show itself, you can listen to the in-studio recoding attached to this piece (via SoundCloud).

This week the Loko Locals show will be hosting Qbala, another local artist performing at the Playing for Change concert. Be sure to tune in KCSU this Thursday, September 22, at 3pm to catch Qbala’s in studio performance.