#RisingYouth Music: Art for Social Change
Explore the collection of music videos created by our artist partners below! They were created to help inspire community involvement. A new video will be released each week - come back to see the latest release!
August 6, 2020
Waniska (Wake Up) by Kevin Wesaquate
Kevin Wesaquate is an artist in Treaty 6 Territory. With a show hanging at Hues Art Gallery in Saskatoon, he is still finding ways to combine his love of poetry and visual art. Kevin also likes to make short films in his free time.
The poem was written in a draft on a previous flight from Vancouver to Saskatoon. The final poem was edited and crafted for this special event in Toronto during a flight from Saskatoon. A poem that reflected the power of the sky and sunrise, it also reflects an important teaching within the word ‘Waniska’: meaning ‘Wake Up’. A consistent message between parents or grandparents to the youth. A message that turned into a strong spoken word piece, in Toronto.
July 30, 2020
Rising by Evan Redsky
Evan James Redsky is an Ojibwe singer/songwriter and activist from Blind River, ON by way of Toronto. Having spent seven years on the road with Juno-nominated rock group Single Mothers - he has since left to pursue an eponymous solo career. Evan has offered workshops and educational sessions for students with TakingITGlobal as part of the Connected North and Create to Learn programs.
"Rising" is a song about solidarity and the resilience of our people. A kernel of the idea for this song happened years ago and lived in a notebook until I was asked to help TakingITGlobal with this initiative.
"I descended from an ancient trapline,
came up under the neon signs..."
I wanted to write something that would resonate with our youth and continue to push a contemporary narrative while honouring the past. I am really happy with how it turned out and I hope my community enjoys it!
July 23, 2020
Free Up by KWENTO
With a unique sound crossing Neo Soul and Experimental R&B, Kwento embodies empowerment through presenting an honest ode to her femininity and Afrocentricity. Formerly known as Kirsten Olivia, Kwento hails from the Preston Township in Nova Scotia, a community of First African peoples in Canada. Through embracing her roots she has discovered a deeper sense of her truth as an individual and hopes her presence tells a story that validates and offers comfort and healing to the silenced. Kwento receives the energy of her audiences and returns it tenfold - through her soulful vocals, effortless performance and vibrant aura.
Kwento's musical exploits, range from touring Europe with Erin Costelo, being a session vocalist and writing with multi-platinum record producer Roy Hamilton III and opening for acts such as Classified, Divine Brown, Bettye Lavette, Mavis Staples, Nile Rogers and Chic, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Dr. John and TheHypnotic Bras Ensemble, to name a few. She has performed at Harlem New York's Carribbean Music Festival, Halifax's Jazz and Tall Ships Festivals, Nova Scotia Music Week, East Coast Music Week, and The African Nova Scotian Music Awards stage, where she won the award for Best Emerging artist. Her experiences have seen her become an ECMA Nominee for Best R&B Recording and The Coast's Best R&B Silver winner. As her talents take her across the globe, Kwento is collaborating with producers in South Africa, writers in Germany and musicians and producers in Toronto and will release her second EP entitled abbr. (Abbreviation) in 2020.
July 16, 2020
Rudegang Entertainment and TakingITGlobal present Tides; a song written about what we see as the growing resurgence of youth empowerment and the community based action that youth all across the globe are taking to improve their communities. Featuring BC Artists Rudegang Entertainment (Hope, Doobie, Mamarudegyal MTHC & Producer Onata), Rudegang Affiliate Mz Shellz of Enter-Tribal and Native by Nature, and Starring rapper Jacob Telek AKA Telekinesis in the video's lead role.
Hope (born Patrick Kelly, 1984) is a professional Hip-Hop artist and performer from Leq'a:mel First Nation British Columbia, and based in Vancouver BC. Inspired by Tradition, Hope uses the art of storytelling and rhyme to depict life on the reservation and illustrate to others what it is to be indigenous. Releasing his first album with Indigenous Hip Hop Duo "Status Krew" in 2011, Hope has been steadily contributing to the BC Underground Hip Hop scene ever since. In 2014 Hope joined local artist Mamarudegyal MTHC in co-founding Indigenous Hip Hop and Multimedia group "Rudegang Entertainment". Winning a Fraser Valley Music award in 2017 sparked new motivation for Hope, who then created the most important album of his career thus far, "Red Man", released July 2019.
Doobie is an indigenous Hip Hop artist from Mission BC, and one half of Coast Salish rap duo Status Krew. Doobie Raps about being Indigenous in Canada, experiencing life on the reserve through his eyes, something many Canadians are still very unfamiliar with— oh and also, weed. Being a part of Status Krew and a founding member of Rudegang Entertainment has given Doobie the Confidence, the Tools and the Experience to continue Growing, Creating and Releasing his Music including his next upcoming album "Apollo420", coming Fall 2020.
Michelle Lee Runns AKA MzShellz is an emerging Cree Hip Hop artist and owner of "Native by Nature" Apparel hailing from Regina, Saskatchewan. Since relocating to British Columbia, the mother of 4 has been rocking stages from Vancouver all the way to Albuquerque, NM. MzShellz has taken her new platform through her music to send messages of strength to the Youth and seeks to empower Women & girls around the world to know that anything is possible if you truly believe in yourself. She hopes to further these goals with her next album, "Boss Lady", currently in progress.
Mamarudegyal MTHC (Born Diana Hellson; January 11, 1992) is a Professional Hip Hop & R&B Artist and Founder of Indigenous Hip Hop & Multimedia Group "Rudegang Entertainment"; Based in Burnaby, BC. Releasing her debut EP "MRG EP" in 2016, and taking home two Fraser Valley Music Awards (Best Hip Hop - Female, Queer Excellence in Music) in 2017, Mamarudegyal MTHC has made quite a name for herself and has the BC Hip Hop scene waiting impatiently for her follow up album, currently in progress.
July 9, 2020
RUN by Matt Somber
Written by Jamal Amorello & Truss, Mixed & Mastered by Rajen Mistry
Matt Somber is an artist of Trinidadian descent, based in Toronto, Canada. His fashion forward aesthetic follows the synesthesia of his alternative hip-hop music stylings. Following in the footsteps of artists like Travis Scott and Andre 3000, Somber is for the people through his music and each interaction on and off the stage as both a solo recording artist and with the Toronto hip-hop brass collective, Bangerz Brass.
RUN Produced by TRuss
Recently highlighted in the Globe and Mail, TRuss is a self-taught musician, singer, songwriter and jazz pianist. These days, he is finding his voice producing for local artists such as the Sorority and DijahSB. As a junior sound engineer at 876 Studios, he says, "I am able to crack out a beat and arrange a song in under two hours and helping artists develop harmonies comes very natural to me."