Benefit features deaf rapper


BRATTLEBORO -- Featuring the deaf entertainer Warren Snipe, known as Wawa, the Vermont Interpreter Referral Service will host its ninth annual Yolande Henry Community Fund Fundraiser at the Vermont Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing/Austine School gym on Saturday at 3 p.m.

This multi-talented artist who wears hearing aids, speaks and signs, has been performing since childhood and has traveled the globe for the past dozen years.

Known affectionately as Wawa, Warren Snipe has written powerful poems and songs and his passion for music grew to a point that he had to share it with the world. Wawa’s doing what he does best -- breaking down barriers and taking on challenges, moving one step closer to his life’s goal: to put deaf recording artists on the mainstream map. The world is going to know a new music genre: Dip-Hop. Dip Hop is Hip-Hop through deaf eyes.

Desserts and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale before and during the show. Raffle tickets will be for sale for cash prizes.

All proceeds will benefit the Yolande Henry Community Fund which pays for sign language interpreters for family events in Vermont not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12, free for under 5. For more information, contact or call 800-639-1519 (v) or 802-254-3920 (v) or 802-275-0104 (vp).


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