Mendi Lewis Obadike has written for audio, film, and performance. Her poetry has been published in Catch the Fire: A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poetry, Say Amen, The Black Arts Quarterly, The Zami Newsletter, and Amethyst and is featured in the film Take These Chains as narration. She is a member of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective. Mendi has studied Art and Music at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana and Literature and Language at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. A graduate of Spelman College, she is a doctoral student in the Graduate Program in Literature at Duke University. Her dissertation is on sound and identity in black narratives.
Keith Townsend Obadike makes sound art, installations, and digital images. He began his career as a producer with the Nashville and New York based Modern Hip-Hop Quartet (MCA records). He has studied digital art with Acha Debela at North Carolina Central University. He received a 1998 John Hope Franklin Award from the Center for Documentary Studies to conduct research on art and technology at the University of Science and Technology College of Art , Kumasi, Ghana. He composed the score for the documentary Take These Chains and curated the African Diaspora Film Series for the Center for Documentary Studies. Presently, he is exhibition coordinator for To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art and the Studio Museum of Harlem). His most recent sound installation Automatic, appeared at the Transmissions Festival.