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VeVe & tha Rebels


VeVe & tha Rebels is a Washington, D.C.-based Afro-folk band that uniquely “blends traditional folk with elements of Afro-beat, R&B and hip hop—crafting a sound that pays homage to roots rock but feels decidedly fresh and original” (The Deli Magazine). Led by singer-songwriter VeVe Marley, the band recently recorded songs that address issues of love, community, race, criminal justice, and much more. They have performed regularly throughout the DMV area, with recent appearances at the Library of Congress and Anacostia River Festival. During the 2018/19 season VeVe & tha Rebels will appear at venues such as Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, The LINE DC, and Dupont Underground, as part of their Mars Urban Arts Initiative residency with Washington Performing Arts. The Mars Urban Arts Initiative (MUAI) is a creative platform for Washington Performing Arts and the D.C. community to celebrate and empower local artists through performances, unique educational programs, and interdisciplinary grassroots collaborations that showcase the diversity and vitality of our city. The Mars Urban Arts Initiative is anchored by residencies for leading artists and ensembles, curated performances across all eight wards, and artistic happenings that reflect what it means to call D.C. home.

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/26/2018: VeVe & tha Rebels

VeVe & tha Rebels performs original Afro-folk songs that tell a story of discovery and Black identity through purpose-driven music making. The band is a 2018–2019 Washington Performing Arts Mars Urban Arts Initiative Ensemble-in-Residence.

 VeVe & tha Rebels