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About two months ago on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, the Middleton Performing Arts Center played host to a CD release party for The Figureheads. Consisting of emcees Greg Marshall and Jeremy Bryan along with Dave Olson on production, they create uplifting hip-hop with a particular focus on inspiring and motivating children. Their latest release is The Movement, fourteen tracks the trio describes as "celebrating the power of family and friendship."

A video clip featuring The Figureheads performing with a stage full of children from local youth programs follows below.

The Figureheads are a project of Kiddo Publishing, a human instrument that uses words and music to foster the development of kids and their surrounding communities. The publishing group describes the inspiration behind the album, concert and video:

The Movement is me. The Movement is you.

The Movement is kids, parents and teachers coming together to create a road map for this generation. The Figureheads' fresh sound of positive hip hop explores the universal themes of making good decisions, discovering one's voice and celebrating the power of family and friendship. These songs will inspire joy and communication in kids and families around the world. We invite you to join the Movement!

More information and music from The Figureheads is available at their MySpace page, as well as from a March 2006 profile by WEAC and an autumn 2006 feature in the UW's Curb magazine. Their next performance in Madison is on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Monona Terrace for the Celebrating Youth conference.

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