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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Source: Paige Boyd / Radio One Raleigh


This past Saturday (June 3) marked the 53rd anniversary of the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival, hosted by the City of Durham and its Parks & Recreation department. Hosted by K975’s Brian Dawson, thousands of spectators from the Bull City and beyond enjoyed a day of food, entertainment, vendors, and culture.

As we celebrate Black Music Month and the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, the show was jam-packed with performances by Intro, Mr. Cheeks, Petey Pablo, and KRS-One, along with several local acts. To say that this was an event to remember would be an understatement.

Check out some of our BIMBÉ 2023 highlights below!

53rd BIMBÉ Cultural Arts Festival Celebrates 50 Years of Hip-Hop  was originally published on hiphopnc.com

1. KRS-One Delivers Memorable Freestyle!

2. The vibes at BIMBÉ 2023 were EPIC!

3. S/O to KIPP Durham’s Principal Muhammad flowing for KRS-One

4. KRS-One – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

KRS-One - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

KRS-One performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

5. Petey Pablo – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Petey Pablo - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Petey Pablo performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

6. Mr. Cheeks – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Mr. Cheeks - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Mr. Cheeks performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

7. Intro – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Intro - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

R&B group Intro performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

8. Brian Dawson – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Brian Dawson - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

K975’s Brian Dawson at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

9. Melissa Wade – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Melissa Wade - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

The Light 103.9’s Melissa Wade at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

10. Durham Mayor Elaine O’Neal – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Durham Mayor Elaine O'Neal - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Durham Mayor Elaine O’Neal addresses the crowd at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival,elaine o’neal

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

20. Karen Clark – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Karen Clark - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Foxy 107/104’s Karen Clark at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

21. Ayeeedubb – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Ayeeedubb - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

K975’s Ayeeedubb at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

22. Brian Dawson – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Brian Dawson - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

23. Brian Dawson – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Brian Dawson - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

K975’s Brian Dawson hosts the 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

24. DJ Grant – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

DJ Grant - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

DJ Grant does a Hip-Hop set at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

25. DJ Grant – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

DJ Grant - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

DJ Grant does a Hip-Hop set at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

31. Intro – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Intro - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

R&B group Intro performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

32. Intro – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Intro - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Intro performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

33. Intro – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Intro - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

R&B group Intro performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

34. Mr. Cheeks – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Mr. Cheeks - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Mr. Cheeks performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

35. Mr. Cheeks – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Mr. Cheeks - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Mr. Cheeks performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

36. Mr. Cheeks – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Mr. Cheeks - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Mr. Cheeks performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

37. Mr. Cheeks – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Mr. Cheeks - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Mr. Cheeks at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

38. Mr. Cheeks – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Mr. Cheeks - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Mr. Cheeks performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

39. Petey Pablo Shouts Out K975

40. Petey Pablo – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Petey Pablo - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Petey Pablo performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

41. Petey Pablo – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Petey Pablo - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Petey Pablo performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

42. Petey Pablo – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Petey Pablo - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Petey Pablo performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

43. Petey Pablo – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Petey Pablo - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Petey Pablo performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

44. Petey Pablo – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Petey Pablo - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Petey Pablo performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

45. KRS-One Gives A Master Class At BIMBÉ 2023

46. KRS-One – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

KRS-One - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

KRS-One performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

47. KRS-One – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

KRS-One - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

KRS-One performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

48. KRS-One Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

KRS-One Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

KRS-One performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

49. KRS-One – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

KRS-One - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

KRS-One performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

50. KRS-One – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

KRS-One - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

KRS-One performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

51. KRS-One – Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

KRS-One - Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

KRS-One performs at 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

52. Radio One at Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023

Radio One at Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Pictured L-R: Brian Dawson, KRS-One, Mr. Cheeks, DJ Grant, Big Ron 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival 2023 Source:Paige Boyd

Photos from 2023 Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival at Rock Quarry Park in Durham, NC, June 3, 2023 local,bimbe festival