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ELKINS — The Augusta Heritage Center at Davis & Elkins College will present a talk with West Virginia hip-hop artist and producer Shelem at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at the Myles Center for the Arts on the College campus.

The event, which will also be streamed via Facebook Live, is free and open to the public with the generous support of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

In his presentation entitled “Live and Breathe Hip-Hop in West Virginia”, Shelem will discuss his background and his creative process.

“We are thrilled to work with Shelem and look forward to hearing him develop his unique journey in the music industry,” said Augusta Heritage Center Executive Director Seth Young. “Appalachia has always been a complex patchwork of cultures, and this session is sure to delve into often unexplored areas.”

Born Isaac Shelem Fadiga in Silver Spring, Maryland to Ivorian parents in West Africa, he began producing, writing and recording his own songs at the age of 14. After earning a civil engineering degree from Marshall University in Huntington in 2018, he moved to Charleston to start his engineering career as he hatched a plan to launch his music career.

Shelem’s debut album, “Walks”, was released in September 2018. In 2019, he launched his “Delivery man” campaign in tandem with the release of his song of the same name. For a month, he personally delivered all merchandise orders within a 100 mile radius of Charleston. He has since released “Uh yeah! The mixtape” and “Uh yeah! Bingo,” both with an interactive social media component.

Once live music returned in the summer of 2021, Shelem played a wide range of local festival slots, including Charleston’s FestivALL and Live On The Levee, and the Huntington Music and Arts Festival. In July 2021, Shelem was featured on NPR Music’s “Sling Series” and releases his latest single “Suga Wata”.

For more information about Shelem’s presentation, visit, email [email protected], or call 304-637-1209.

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