pronounced (bah-VOO) ★ the Force
Broadcaster. Musician. Writer. Minister.
Based in Austin, TX
Raised and grade-schooled in Garland, TX
Born in Washington, D.C.
It all pretty much started in Austin, TX, where Bavu [ Kiswahili for 'force' ] got a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Texas, hosted “Bavu’s Revue” on KAZI 88.7 FM and a TV show called “Smooth”, served as Urban Music Director of Music and Entertainment Television, rapped and sang on 16 vinyl records, performed at music festivals including Austin City Limits and South by Southwest, freelanced a bit for the Austin American-Statesman, taught an after-school program and kept busy.
Literally a legend in the Texas underground scene, Bavu’s studio collaborators include Grammy winning producers Symbolyc One (Kanye West/Beyonce/Jay-Z) and Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma / Ocote Soul Sounds / Brownout / Echocentrics); blues guitarist/singer Gary Clark Jr. (Warner Bros.) — who President Obama calls “the future”; and Houston rapper and National Grammy Board Trustee Paul Wall.
Bavu has performed with and interviewed many artists including: Wynton Marsalis, Blackeyed Peas, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Dallas Austin, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, Common, Anthony Hamilton, UGK, Mos Def, Raheem Devaughn, Slick Rick, Slim Thug, De La Soul, Rakim, DJ A-Trak, Angie Stone, Dwele, Jurassic 5, Jeffrey Osborne, Paul Wall & Chamillionaire, DJ Krush…
Bavu has provided content for, or appeared in, the following publications: Dallas Morning News, Austin American Statesman, The Source, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, VIBE, Billboard, Spin, Houston Chronicle, Dayton Daily News, Austin Chronicle and many more…
Bavu has done broadcasting work for: Austin City Limits Music Festival, DELL Lounge, M.E. Television, KAZI 88.7 FM, Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Austin American-Statesman, Subway, Detroit Pistons, Kolar Advertising and many more…