The Sounds of Oakland tells the story of the affects gentrification has on Oakland's youth. This production, created by Oakland natives, stakes claim on their city, is a resistance against Gentrification, while simultaneously trying to keep the heart, and art of Oakland’s culture alive. The full-length piece premiered at EastSide Cultural Center in June 2018.

M'Kala Payton is a Poet, singer, songwriter from East Oakland CA. As an educator and Instructor of the Beats & Flows Program at EastSide Arts Alliance, she uses art as a means for liberation.

Don Juan aka D’Juan Carter-Woodard has represented Oakland, doing music for over 10 years. Activist, teacher, Oakland native – descriptive artist pushing to make change in all of the areas of life and keep Oakland staying true to its original Self with new representations of the Black Arts Movement. He is a longtime member of the EastSide Arts Alliance collective.

Excerpts from The Sounds of Oakland:
- The Sounds of Oakland
- Too Much Blood,
featuring “Don Juan” D’Juan Carter Woodard
- House on the Hill


March 2-3, 2018

Presented by Eastside Arts Alliance, Oakland Voices, and KALW 

MC: Ryan Nicole Peters

Storytellers (journalists from Oakland Voices & KALW):
Eli Wirtschafter
Bo Walsh
Debora Gordon
Truc Nguyen

Writer & Performer: M’Kala Payton

Performing Guest: Don Juan

Video Design: Amir “Keez” Shabazz