Talib Kweli Gives Fans Homework On College Tour
Brooklyn rhyme-spitter Talib Kweli is calling on fans to help him choose several stops on his upcoming national tour to promote his latest release, Eardrum.
Teaming up with leading events website Eventful.com, the College Demand competition encourages fans to "demand" that Kweli performs on their campus during his upcoming 2007-2008 tour. Fans will have the opportunity to compete to have their school be one of five colleges and universities chosen to be added to the tour.
"I live on the road, I'm constantly on tour and I really love feeding off the energy of my fans at all my shows," said Kweli via a statement. " Some of my favorite shows of all time have been at colleges so when Eventful brought this to my attention I immediately became interested, especially since a lot of college kids have been hittin' me up about playing at their university. This gives them the opportunity to make it happen for themselves. "
The contest, which was launched on the same day as Eardrum's release (August 21) and will continue until October 3, with the winning schools to be announced on October 4.
"We love helping fans connect with Talib Kweli and influence where he performs," said Eventful's CEO Jordan Glazier. "We've taken 'user-generated concert tours' one step further by adding the ability for Demands to take place across colleges, giving students the ability to attract performers to their campus."
Fans who want Kweli to perform on their campus can log onto www.eventful.com/talibkweli for more information.
In related news, Kweli teamed with pop sensation Justin Timberlake for a bonus track on Eardrum. Kwe spoke about how the union came to fruition.
"'The Nature' was a song he started for his record, but he hadn't finished it in time," Talib explained. "We both thought it would be great for us to collaborate because no one would expect it. People are surprised that he is familiar with my music and vice versa."
Eardrum is in stores now on Blacksmith/Warner Bros. Records.