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U of M music committee to host talent event

Aspiring rappers and beat aficionados have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills at the MC Olympics, an event hosted by Delta Vibe, the University of Memphis’ music industry student organization.  

The event, from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Bluff Room of the University Center, will allow students to showcase their musical talents.  

“The event is not limited to music majors,” Alex Broadnax, vice president of Delta Vibe, said. “The MC Olympics is an outlet for friendly competition.”

All skill levels are welcome. Participants will have five to ten minutes to perform, and there will be three to five rounds of competition. Cupcakes, candy and beverages will be provided.

“There won’t be a declared winner,” Broadnax said. “It’s just a lot of fun for everyone.”

XVII TRILL, a hip-hop duo comprised of junior accounting student Sameer Shirazee and his younger brother Mustafa, will perform.  

“I think the MC Olympics is a great idea, and another platform for artists to showcase their talents,” Sameer said. “A lot of people get caught in the hype of their online presence – this showcase strips it to what matters, which is connecting with people through the music you make.”

Sameer describes his music as mostly hip-hop.

“I am a percussionist, so intricate rhythms play a big part in the writing process,” Sameer said. “We try to break social barriers while performing. We like to keep things transparent, just having fun and getting lost in the music.”

The event is from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Bluff Room of the University Center.

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