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DJ PHD / Screening: Rasta: A Soul’s Journey

by Welcome to Harlem


May 20, 2016 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

In association with the African Film Festival 

Music with DJ PHD followed by a screening of Rasta: A Soul’s Journey (not rated).


DJ PhD owes his love and desire of music to his father, the late Paul J. Heyward, Sr. Mr. Heyward always had music playing in the house or in the yard, wherever he was, there was music. Paul Sr.’s love for music was instrumental to crafting PhD’s unique approach to selecting songs to mix for his audiences.

Mixing music is very important to the Queens, New York born DJ PhD. With all of today’s innovations, the art of mixing is almost lost. In the late 80s and 90s, mixing or blending two songs together was the norm. The energy became irresistible to PhD and his journey to bring his own flavor to the world begun. Armed with his father’s daily lessons he played in clubs, private events, concerts and his own weekly college radio station in Upstate New York.

DJ PhD is a firm believer that music mixed properly can change the world. By playing House, Reggae, Latin, Rhythm & Blues, Hip-Hop or even Punjabi music, his goal is to connect with his audience providing them with confidence to let their guard down and dance. His smooth style, flawless transitions and live blends will have you immersed in an infectious groove throughout your event. Whether it is today’s hottest song or yesterday’s favorite dance cut, DJ PhD will have you dancing, having the time of your lives.

Rasta: A Soul’s Journey 

RasTa: A Soul’s Journey tells the story of the journey of Rita and Bob Marley's granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, to eight (8) countries around the world to explore the roots and evolution of Rastafari. Her journey takes her to places where her grandfather's captivating performances and his message are still fondly remembered. The documentary boasts an uplifting and inspiring reggae soundtrack that features established as well as emerging contemporary, reggae stars such as Humble, Matisyahu and Damian Marley. This exciting mix of travel, music and culture packs a powerful punch that will appeal to audiences around the world.

This project is funded by the New York City Council’s Parks Equity Initiative, Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. In partnership with NYC Parks’ Movies Under the Stars series, sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.



Location Details
East Elmhurst Playground
98-01 25th Avenue
Flushing NY 11369 US




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