Black Violin duo Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste are making their mark on the world of music with the creative merging of classical and hip hop. Last year, Black Violin released the album Take the Stairs, which garnered high praise and featured in the top ten on multiple genre charts. During the previous year, they have performed at the Oscar Governors Ball, on The Today Show, and on Access Daily. Their recently released video Impossible is Possible was also a featured song on their latest album. Impossible is Possible tells a coming of age story and presents how obstacles such as poverty and personal loss can be overcome.
Marcus and Baptiste attended Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale and, from high school to college, received formal training in the violin and viola. Within the scope of seventeen years, they’ve done everything from producing beats for South Florida rappers to collaborating with renowned music talents such as Alicia Keys, Wu-Tang Clan, and many others. They’ve also won Showtime at the Apollo in 2005 and later sold out headline performances across the country, which includes a two-night headline at the Kennedy Center in 2018.
Before the pandemic, Black Violin performed over 200 shows a year, and many of the performances were for unprivileged, inner-city youth. This was done to promote diversity and present a fresh perspective of what a classical musician should be.
Last year, Black Violin Foundation Inc was launched, which is a non-profit organization created to enrich the lives of youth through the offered music programs. Their core value is that the gift of music and music programs should be available to all regardless of race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Scholarships are available through the Black Violin Foundation’s inaugural program, the Musical Innovation Grant for Continuing Education. The variety of programs offered range from private lessons to college courses. To learn more about the Black Violin Foundation Inc., please visit the website.
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