Feb. 28, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) will present its Annual Margaret A. Hart ’35 Scholarship Concert on Thursday, March 8, at 8 p.m. This year’s concert – which will take place at 66 Main St. in downtown North Adams – will feature SAMMUS, a Philadelphia-based rap artist and producer.

In addition, immediately following the concert, BCRC will present a post-show DJ set and dance party with DJ Augi, who will play hip-hop, reggae, pop, and African music.

“We are thrilled to bring SAMMUS to North Adams as the performer for this year’s Margaret A. Hart concert,” said Michelle Daly, director of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. “As an artist and educator, SAMMUS – Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo – truly embodies the groundbreaking legacy of Ms. Hart. SAMMUS is an impressive beatmaker and lyricist who mines her experiences with geek culture, mental health, afro-futurism and feminism to create raps that speak her truth and resonate with audiences.”

In addition to managing a full-time music career, Lumba-Kasongo – who performs as SAMMUS – is a Ph.D student in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where she pursues a wide array of sound studies topics, including sound and gaming, as well as the identity politics of community studios.

She has spent the past eight years as a public school and college-level director. As an academic-in-training and very-vocal feminist, Lumba-Kasongo has produced articles related to issues of race, hip-hop, gaming, and feminism for publications such as “Bitch,” “For Harriet,” “Sounding Out!” and “The Mary Sue.”

Lumba-Kasongo earned double Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology and in science and technology studies at Cornell University in 2008, when she was accepted into the national teaching program Teach for America. She was placed in Houston, Texas, where she taught elementary math and science for two years, before heading back to Cornell to pursue graduate studies.

The FADER wrote of Lumba-Kasongo, “Layered over her beats is a potent flow that allows every word to sink in. Her verses are honest, about the parts of our world that viscerally impact her: institutional whiteness, Black lives, dope friends, and cartoons, to name a few.”

According to the LA Times, “There’s a reason that she is invited to speak at technology conferences or teach online classes on structuring rhymes in hip-hop songs. She has a gift for getting the message across.” And, NJ Times called Lumba-Kasongo “a striking, chameleonic beatmaker and MC,” listing her as one of “Don Giovanni’s 7 Best Bands.”

DJ Augi, who will perform at the post-show event, is an undergraduate at MCLA. Augustin Ndayikeza ’18 is a self-described music aficionado who blends hip-hop, reggae, pop, and African music.

All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Margaret A. Hart ’35 Scholarship fund. Hart was the first student of color to graduate from the former North Adams State Teachers College, now MCLA.

Tickets for the Margaret A. Hart ’35 Scholarship Concert are $15 for general admission, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, go to For more information, (413) 662-5253, or go to

MCLA Presents! is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), a collaborative project with MASS MoCA and the City of North Adams. The BCRC provides professional development training, resources and support to the artists, art managers and creative workers of Berkshire County. Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world.