Deaf rapper Signmark to perform at the U May 2-3
April 19, 2012
The University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity and Disability Services unit welcome Deaf Finnish rapper Signmark to the University of Minnesota campus for two events on May 2 and 3.
Signmark will first perform a “Silent Shout,” similar to a flash mob, on Wednesday, May 2, noon-1 p.m. at the Northrop Mall on the university’s East Bank campus. During the "Silent Shout," Signmark gets the crowd signing—with American Sign Language (ASL)—a chorus of his song, “Against the Wall.” Signmark’s hearing partner, Brandon, raps the lyrics out loud while Signmark is signing. For an example of a “Silent Shout,” see z.umn.edu/signmark.
Signmark will also perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m.,Thursday, May 3, at the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis. Doors open at 6 p.m. for University of Minnesota students and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public.
Signmark (a.k.a. Marko Vuoriheimo) was born deaf into a world where music is for the hearing. He pursued his childhood dream and became the first deaf person in the world to get a record deal at Warner Music. Signmark started spreading his message through sign language over strong beats where hard, low frequencies and bass play a critical part in his performance. These elements help him adapt to the rhythm as he proves that music is more than what you can hear. Signmark's partner, Brandon, who is hearing, raps the lyrics while Signmark signs. Signmark uses his music and positive approach to change attitudes toward people with disabilities. To learn more about Signmark, visit his website at http://www.signmark.biz/site/en/bio, and to learn more about the events at the U of M on May 2 and 3, visit the 'Signmark Minneapolis' Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SignmarkMN.