Syncing Ink Celebrates Its Star Studded Cast With Harlem Kick Off Event

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On February 15, the talented cast and creative team of the hip-hop theater production Syncing Ink—along with Ginjan Cafe and Happy Cork—hosted an event filled with industry tastemakers to kick off the announcement of the Off Broadway run at The Apollo Stages at the Victoria on May 7, 2024.

Held at Ginjan Cafe on the vibrant and historically significant 125th street in Harlem, the evening featured a live performance and an engaging Q&A panel discussion with the cast and creatives of the production. Hosted by Zee Ngema, Cultural Writer for Okay Africa, the two-hour experience was supported by Okay Africa, Happy Cork and Ginjan Cafe, which attracted esteemed journalists, legendary Harlem figures, friends, and supporters, including Melba Wilson, Irene Gandy, G Keith Alexander, Rowena Husbands, Marija Abney, Chi Chi Anyanwu, Ngozi Anyanwu, Ron Simons, Billy Council, Marshall Jones, Brent Zachary, Jason Hurt, and others.

The event serves as a reunion for actors who committed to this work nearly seven years ago through various workshops and smaller productions. This coincides with Syncing Ink’s debut at The Apollo Stages at the Victoria, which opened in February 2024, and features two new theater spaces along with a gallery. The Apollo initiated the renovation of its Historic Theater in 2022, marking its first-ever expansion and renovation in its 90-year history.

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IN THIS 50TH YEAR OF THE CULTURE OF HIP-HOP, I AM HONORED TO JOIN MY FELLOW MASTERS OF THE CEREMONY AS WE HONOR OUR ROOTS AND SPIT FIRE. – NSangou Njikam, Syncing Ink Creator

Syncing Ink follows the coming-of-age journey of Gordon Morris, who knows deep down he’s destined to become an emcee, a Master of the Ceremony. What he doesn’t know is if he can even rhyme. Rooted in traditional Yoruba culture, Syncing Ink asks Gordon to embrace the power of his words… for himself, his family, and the fate of hip-hop itself. This daringly original celebration of authentic hip-hop theater asks one of the most famous and fundamental questions: “Can he kick it?” For the sake of humanity, we certainly hope he can.

Syncing Ink is produced by Victoria Weinberg of Just V Productions and Ezra Ezzard of Artification. Joining the producing team are Richard Fearn, Willette & Manny Klausner, Gabrielle Palitz, Simon Turner and Q’d Up Productions.

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