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XOXOK Praises The Politics Of Soul Music

Wyatt Kane

Keenan Jenkins excelled in school, leaving his hometown of Rocky Mount in high school to attend the highly-selective North Carolina School of Science and Math. But music pulled him away from his studies, and midway through completing his doctorate, he came to the conclusion that his creative pursuits needed his full attention.

Nonetheless, he did his homework and got the piece of paper before moving on to dedicate himself to music full-time, allowing him to release the EP “Worthy” last year. Beyond XOXOK, Jenkin’s personal project, he brings his soul-infused guitar and bass to other local groups, including Jack Willow Junior and Wake Moody. Host Frank Stasio discusses the ways politics and art inform each other with Keenan Jenkins. XOXOK will perform at Kings in Raleigh on Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m.

Grant Holub-Moorman coordinates events and North Carolina outreach for WUNC, including a monthly trivia night. He is a founding member of Embodied and a former producer for The State of Things.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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