Monday, 24 October 2016 03:57

Support The Natives Tongues Documentary

Director Omar Akil is working on a documentary about the legendary Native Tongues Posse entitled Speaking In Tongues: The Legend of The Native Tongues Posse. To those of us old enough to remember the Native Tongues in the late 80's/early 90's, backing this project should be a no brainer.

Support The Native Tongues Documentary The lineup included A Tribe Called Quest, The Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Moni Love, Black Sheep and Chi Ali among others in the extended family. You could always count on appearances from members of the collective showing up on other members records, too (e.g. De La Soul's Buddy featuring Jungle Brothers & Q-Tip, . The filmmaker describes the collective as having "not only made timeless art-filled masterpieces in the form of recorded music, but also championed individuality while spreading messages of Afrocentrism and self-awareness."

The Kickstarter project is looking to raise $48,000, and as of this writing they've raised around 15% of that. There's less than 4 weeks left in the campaign so if you need an incentive, the rewards include a poster, a copy of the movie, t-shirts, hoodies & more. Hell, donate enough and you can be an executive producer.


We are making a film titled SPEAKING IN TONGUES: THE LEGEND OF THE NATIVE TONGUE POSSE. It's a feature length documentary that unravels the "legend" of a music collective known as The Native Tongue Posse - a group of pioneers who, through their mere formation, unwittingly changed the landscape of music and youth culture in the late 80's and early 90's. This legendary collective is comprised of the iconic and groundbreaking acts: THE JUNGLE BROTHERS, DE LA SOUL, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, QUEEN LATIFAH, BLACK SHEEP, MONIE LOVE and CHI-ALI.

First finding fame in the late 80's, the Native Tongues rose to legendary status in record time, amidst all the social pitfalls that plagued American youth of the era. By choosing to "be themselves," this collective inadvertently fought a system of assimilation, prevalent in a late 80's music industry, that was still figuring out how to handle, nurture and present hip hop to the masses.

The film is a celebratory tale - told by the Posse's original members - of what happens when a group of proverbial "new kids" choose individuality over conformity to become hip hop's new "cool kids." It's the first ever, complete look at a collective that not only made timeless art-filled masterpieces in the form of recorded music, but also championed individuality while spreading messages of Afrocentrism and self-awareness.

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