January 16, 2010

Another Deaf Rapper



This video is about Sean Forbes, founder of D-PAN, the Deaf Professional Arts Network. Very interesting. I am always interested in music and I think sign language adds to it. I can feel the music more watching the signs and body move to the beats of the music. Along with the video of SignMark, I will have to show this to my students. It is very inspirational, I think.
I try to incorporate music and songs in my lessons for my D/HH students as much as I can. I don't think they are exposed to music as much or encouraged to participate in music because there is that perception of it being pointless because they may not hear it as well or experience music the same as hearing people.

Though I wonder what degree of hearing loss Mr. Forbes has. What can he hear? I am curious.

So far, when I come across musicians who are deaf or hard of hearing, they are usually hip hop artists. It makes sense because of the beats. The beats usually carry more of a punch and are easier to follow. I also know of deaf musicians who are drummers. I would like to find more deaf and hard of hearing musicians in other areas of music.

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4 comments:

  1. I love D-PAN :) The videos have a decent blend of performance and interpretation, though sometimes the videos have too much noise going on (visual noise). I didn't realize that the founder's name is Sean Forbes. He seems awesome <3

    Have you ever heard of Beethoven's Nightmare? They are an all Deaf rock band. They're in the documentary called Through Deaf Eyes. I also see them floating around at different events, such as the premiere of one of ASL Film's most recent movie.

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  2. When I was in elementary school and high school, I was always part of the school's concert band as a flutist despite the fact that I had a severe to profound hearing loss. I have always enjoyed being part of the concert band.

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  3. Interesting. I also played the flute in elementary school. I was part of the school's concert band too. We were awful! lol.

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  4. Sean is "profoundly deaf" he lost his hearing due when he was a year old due to fever.

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