Community Café: Rebuild

Featuring: The ReMINDers, Mark Gonzales, and Zamin
Visual Art: Asma Inam
Host: Rasul “Sul Milli” Miller
DJ: DJ Arkitek
When: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 7PM,  All Ages, $5 Donation
Where: Zhou B Art Center, 1029 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL 6060

It’s time to reclaim spaces and rebuild places to transform our communities. It’s time for Community Café: REBUILD!

The Reminders

They say true love is a beautiful thing. True love that results in hip-hop is a beautiful thing with a great soundtrack. The Reminders have been making music for a while now, both individually and together. In 2005, Big Samir began performing with Aja Black around the midwest, sharing similar views on life, music and religion, they decided to come together form The Reminders.

The sound is best described as “soulful” awareness and positivity influence their lyrics, with a focus on harmonizing and bringing a message. After a two year break to raise their children, they are back with a powerful debut record “ReCollect” that will gain them a solid position in the music world.

Aja Black, born in Hollis Queens (New York), sings and raps on the record while Big Samir, born in Brussels (Belgium), occasionally flips back and forth from French to English with a dope bilingual flow. The Couple-Duo is very busy promoting positive vibes and great music for people of all ages in 1the world to enjoy.

Since the release of their debut, they have toured Jamaica, Morocco, Germany, the Czech Republic and across America. They have acquired much success by sharing stages with such artists as Snoop Dogg, Brother Ali, Mos Def, Fishbone, K’naan, Rakim & KRS1..

Mark Gonzales

Described as ‘Khalil Gibran meets Pablo Neruda,’ Mark is a HBO Def poet with a Masters in Education who has shared his writings across the world. His participation in the first TED talks in Palestine, led him to join Alice Walker as one of the few living poets to trend worldwide on Twitter. His creative work on ending displacement led to him being an invited speaker at the United Nations tribunal on Social Exclusion in 2010. He was the 2011 Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence at the Institute of Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, and the 2012 keynote speaker for the National Title One conference on Education.  Mark’s work breaks borders to wage beauty across continents of language and culture, which has earned him respect globally for his creative approaches to suicide prevention, human rights and human development


Zamin’s sound comes from blending a lineup of classical instruments with a modern take on Hindustani vocals. Featuring two percussionists, classical guitar, strings, and Indian instruments such as taanpura and harmonium, Zamin sets new ground by creating an energetic feel from a lineup that is completely acoustic. “Zamin” itself means “earth” in Hindi, and the songs are sung in various Indian languages. The band is built on the concept of creating a harmony from the clash between the traditional and the modern, resulting in a live and lyrical sound that can appeal to wide audiences. The members include Zeshan Bagewadi, Josh Fink, Genevieve Guimond, Charlotte Malin, Eric Seligman, Dylan Frank, and Dave Eisenreich.

Asma Inam

Asma Inam is a Graphic Designer based out of Canada, specializing in UI and UX Design. When she is not busy designing, Asma is busy drinking tea, doodling on walls, and mastering the art of high fives.

Asma has designed the last three Community Café flyers for IMAN..


D-Nick will be your host at this Community Café.

DJ Arkitek

In a world of lip-syncing and fake dj-ing it is DJ ArkiTek’s mission to shut down impostors and provide the industry’s elite with a genuine, live experience.  One of the last Djs of his generation to learn on vinyl, Chicago native DJ Arkitek has constructed a foundation that rests on skill, selection, and showmanship.  Factor in the deep blends of Bad Boy Bill and the versatility of DJ Shadow and you have the next biggest DJ to emerge from the Windy City.

Arkitek plays over 200+ shows a year and is the main resident of the LGN group, holding down city hotspots Manor, Cedar Hotel, & Stay.  Guest appearences include Studio Paris, Boardroom & Soundbar.  He has played alongside pioneers such as X-Clan & Big Daddy Kane to A-list celebs from Vince Vaughn to MVP Derrick Rose. Striving for self-improvement, DJ Arkitek continues to sway crowds and re-design his open format blueprint of perfection..

Community Café is supported in part by Open Society Foundations