July 3rd, 2009 marked the 3 year anniversary of the passing of an Indianapolis arts, music and culture hero DJ Mpozi Tolbert. To mark the anniversary, amongst the multiple celebrations, solar powered lighting was installed on the north wall of Spin Nightclub in Broad Ripple to highlight the mural painted by local Indy artists in 2008.
Here is a video, produced by IndyStar, documenting the making of the mural dedicated to Mpozi Tolbert. Much more after the jump…
More on Mpozi Tolbert from around the web:
- Mpozi Tolbert OkayPlayer Slideshow – A moving slideshow of photograhps by Mpozi.
- We Miss Mpozi Celebration – “Come celebrate the giant dred”, an event on facebook.
- Photographer Tolbert Left a Lasting Impression – NPR radio snippet.
- Mpozi Mshale Tolbert 1972-2006 – Brian Jones pays homage on his blog.
- Mpozi Remembered – Philadelphia City Paper article
- Recent Mpozi mentions on Twitter
- Click here to download the entire classic Mpozi Dub mix from Crush Entertainment
- DJ Indiana Jones’ “Give Thanks 2007 Mpozi Tribute” mixtape
- Past IMOCA exhibition “Photographs, the work of Mpozi Mshale Tolbert (1972-2006)“
This quote from an article in NUVO (2008) sums up the kind of guy he was nicely:
He wasn’t a black man; he wasn’t a DJ; he wasn’t a photographer; he was an everybody kind of guy,” said DJ LeahAnne. “He could talk to a farmer in Putnam County or a guy in a business suit. The city will miss him because that persona was a good presence. He was one of those people you’ll never, ever forget.”