Despite the cold, student performers and attendees came out to the Bell Tower Amphitheater on Saturday night to celebrate student artists at Student Hip-Hop Organization’s 919 Fest.
For its second year in a row, 919 Fest showcased a diverse lineup of student talent. The night began with a DJ set from DJ Maxx, followed by a step performance from Omega Psi Phi and ended with performances by artists in SHHO. Other artists featured included the UNC Loreleis, UNC Cypher, Alo Ver and Ebony Reader's Onyx/Theater Poetry.
“It’s really a celebration of student artistry,” said Nicho Stevens, co-president of SHHO. “We first set out in our first year, we really wanted to show off and showcase the talent here at UNC because we saw a lot of students that had a lot of talent that didn’t really have avenues to express it, and we wanted to provide that for them.”
The theme of this year’s 919 Fest was “Unite Carolina.” Stevens said they wanted to promote community building in light of recent political tensions and division in the country and on campus.
“Campus definitely feels divided, so a big goal of ours for this event and the theme of the event was to try to connect it under this theme of music and the theme of wanting to give back,” said Jemal Abdulhadi, vice president of SHHO.