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Maddy and Alex (FR333)

FR333 (pronounced free) is a feminist hip-hop duo comprised of producer Allie “XOA” Howard and rapper Maddy “MADlines” Clifford. Together, FR333 promotes music’s capacity to heal, inspire and bring people together. FR333’s Marx-a-thon performance will use song and sound to explore the emotional labor that is so often placed on women.

Maddy "MADlines" Clifford is a writer, rapper and educator. Inspired by poetry’s capacity to empower youth impacted by legacies of Mass Incarceration, Maddy devoted the past eight years to teaching poetry in diverse settings—from detention centers, to after school programs, to college campuses. Her workshops cultivate students’ innate creativity, all while expanding literary capacities. Born and raised in Seattle, but based in the Bay Area, Maddy currently works as a Poet in Residence at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College. When she isn't teaching, performing or recording, she curates healing community events through the collective she founded in 2015, Brujalyfe.

XOA is best known for her deep, earthy cosmic rhythms and experimental twists on classic and contemporary styles. She grew up playing different instruments with a focus on guitar and other strings. Feeling limited by conventional music, XOA started creating unique but familiar sounds by using effect pedals, synths and samplers. In the Spring of 2015, she recorded and produced two EPs, Fire and Water, a follow-up project from her debut album, Amble (2013). Shortly after, she began focusing on collaborative projects that use performance art and music to heal, inspire and empower others. Most recently, XOA worked sound design for The Embodiment Project’s latest dance pieces, “Ancient Children” (2017) and “Music of the Actualized Child.” (2018). Her next solo album, Indigo, will be released soon.