Jun 27, 2022

Poetry Electric: Beatella

Arabelle Luke (Airloom Beats), Sam Sellers (Rabbi Darkside), and Tournesoul

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Touresoul performing on stage with a guitarist and drummer; she is wearing a leather jacket, and there is a sunflower decoration on the microphone stand

Tournesoul, from the Bronx, NY is a multi-faceted artist who takes listeners on a journey through her music and art. Telling stories through  her music, poetry, and film work, she inspires truth, enlightens minds, and brings harmonic feelings through her melodies. You may have seen her in the Gunplays Series by William “Electric” Black. To listen to her music, Aura the EP is available for purchase on all digital streaming platforms, and her debut album will be released this Summer 2022. For more, visit and subscribe to her website at www.Tournesoul.com, and @TournesoulMusic on all social media platforms. 

A black-and-white portrait of Sam Sellars standing in front of a wall of faces and wearing a hat and Adidas zip-up jacket

Sam Sellers, aka Rabbi Darkside, creates radically inclusive spaces through music at concerts, on dance floors and in classrooms. With an expansive discography begun on wax in 2001, a performance career touching 5 continents, and over two decades in Education, there are countless places where you may have encountered him, from head coaching on MTV's MADE to headlining the Blue Note Jazz Festival in consecutive years; facilitating interactive workshops from community centers in Uganda to Teacher's College at Columbia University. He is dedicated to artistic evolution, helping global citizens connect through the cypher, pursuit of clarity in personal pedagogy and deepening his catalog. Recently he was Artist-in-Residence at AIR Cassis, France; released his first self-produced album; added to his C.V. teaching new college courses; headlined Breakthrough Hip Hop Dance Fest in Zurich; and was minted to 2019 End of the Weak Challenge of Champs U.S. Vice-Champion. He's been the official DJ for Saturday Night Live Season 43 & 44 afterparties; spent 4 years as resident DJ/MC at renowned NYC jam session The Lesson; and is in his 8th year teaching university seminars of his own design at The New School, where he is the faculty advisor to The New School Hip Hop Collective student group. He is also an ordained wedding officiant, having performed 14 secular ceremonies. Along the journey, he has shared the stage and studio with Aloe Blacc, bell hooks, Biz Markie, Common, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Herc, Last Poets, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Robert Glasper, The Roots, and Slick Rick, among many others.

A photo of Arabelle Luke seated with her legs crossed in front of a stereo; she has curly brown hair and is wearing a black shit and white pants

Arabelle Luke, aka Airloom Beats, is a New York based beatboxer and educator who aims to connect and inspire people through music regardless of their background. With roots as the beatboxer for Rutgers University's award winning all-female acapella group ShockWave, Arabelle strives to showcase the dynamics within her art form while emphasizing a sense of community. Working through non-profit organizations like BEAT Global, Kids Creative and Get Empowered!, she facilitates professional developments, workshops, and classes in beatboxing, loop station song production, and hip hop culture with special needs populations and participants of all ages across theTristate area. She is a BEAT Global T3 certified instructor, as well as, producer and musical director for Kids Creative's play creation program at Archer Elementary School. Arabelle incorporates her unique, melody-driven beatbox style into original short plays with The Network Theatre Company and creates content for media organizations such as ELLE.com and BET Centric. Along with performing at classic venues The Barrow Group, The Bergen PAC, LaMama Theatre, and The Blue Note, Arabelle has opened for iconic rapper Rakim at the Stanhope House. 2019 finds her earning a position in the Top 16 at the EastCoast Beatbox Battle and becoming Volume 3 champion of the Beatbox House Party Battles. During the quarantine, AirLoom has continued performing on virtual platforms as a “one-woman house band” for MAAAD Late!: The Improvised Late Night Show and PROPS!: The Hip Hop Gameshow. In 2020, Airloom was selected to be a US Hip-Hop Ambassador for Next Level USA, and she is eagerly awaiting to complete her first residency in The Ukraine.

The show is produced under the following program(s):

Poetry Electric


The Poetry Electric fuses music, movement, sound, and dance with the spoken word and presents artists working in a wide range of styles including beatboxing, jazz and hip-hop theatre. This series has presented over 200 emerging poets from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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