For the past several years, one of our favorite events during GRAMMY weekend has been the MojaMoja Annual Brunch and Benefit Concert. The yearly event has bridged the gap between good music, food and a worthy cause while celebrating the legacies of music legends like Sheila E., Mavis Staples, and Nile Rodgers. While this year's GRAMMY Awards traded in its Los Angeles home for the Big Apple, the good folks at MojaMoja are proving that the show will go on with the 10th anniversary of their annual celebration set to take place Saturday, February 10th. This year's event, which will return to the iconic Avalon Hollywood, will honor will.i.am., The Revolution and The Beat Junkies.
First up, producer and philanthropist will.i.am will be honored for his work in the science, technology, engineering, arts and math fields when he receives the inaugural STEAM Award. Though best known as a producer and founding member of The Black Eyed Peas, he has been busy behind the scenes with his i.am.angel Foundation and its i.am.STEAM initiative that provides underserved students with unique learning opportunities beyond the classroom. He also made history in 2012 by becoming the first recording artist to send a song to Mars when he partnered with NASA's Curiosity Mars Space. To honor his contributions, he will be presented his award by Olympia LePoint, an award-winning rocket scientist who has been referred to as a modern-day Hidden Figure.
Additionally, Prince's band The Revolution will also be honored with the Vanguard Award, while hip-hop pioneers and DJs The Beat Junkies will receive the Soul Controller Award. Jungle Fire, The Steoples, Elise Trouw, and Wajatta, the collaborative duo featuring comedian-musician Reggie Watts and producer John Tejada, will be on hand to pay tributes to these cultural icons.
The MojaMoja 10th Annual Brunch & Benefit Concert is open to the public and will be followed by a daytime afterparty that will feature Soulection DJs Kronika and Sasha Marie on the wheels-of-steel. This year's event will benefit the MojaMoja Innovation Fund and House of Blues Music Forward. Tickets for this year's event can be purchased here. SoulBouncers can save $15 off the ticket price when you use the promo code soulbounce. Be sure to hurry, though; tickets for a show this good won't last for long.