Dahlak Brathwaite is a multifaceted hip hop artist who maximizes his abilities as musician, actor, poet, and educator within the transformational space of the theatre. Since launching onto the national spoken word scene on HBO’s Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam, Dahlak has showcased his blend of hip hop, theatre, and spoken word at over 200 universities throughout the United States and Europe. Dahlak has worked closely with hip hop theatre pioneer Marc Bamuthi Joseph, writing and performing in several of Joseph’s critically acclaimed plays.


From 2007 to 2012, Dahlak released five hip hop projects, including the album Spiritrials, which is a hip hop theatre production currently on tour. In 2014, Dahlak was selected as amusician for a U.S. State Department International Exchange Fellowship called 1Beat. Recently, he was nominated for the 2019 United States Artists Fellowship.