Brad Bellegarde/ InfoRed and David Nelson/ Emotionz will explore the four main elements of Hip Hop culture (MCing, DJing, Graf Writing and Breakdancing). They will demonstrate how the art forms of Hip Hop have the ability to educate and connect people with Indigenous history. Students will have the opportunity to practice rapping, beatboxing and graf writing during the broadcast, and will also write a song collectively.
Thank you to Caswell Community School, Saskatoon for hosting these broadcasts.
Brad Bellegarde/InfoRed: CBC Future 40 Award Winner & Neechie Gear Role Model Brad Bellegarde aka InfoRed has been a featured artist at events such as Aboriginal Music Week in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live and Vancouver’s Olympic Games celebrations. A member of Little Black Bear First Nation, Brad grew up in Regina, SK and starting writing rhymes at the age of 14. A true believer that education is the new Buffalo, he presented his work to educators from around the world at an International Indigenous Education conference in Temuco, Chile, South America. In 2012, InfoRed performed for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their Royal visit.
David Nelson/ Emotionz: Vancouver native “Emotionz” has been an integral part of the west coast music scene the last 15 years. Recording with such artists as DJ Quik, Stylust Beats, Souls of Mischief and many more has helped him carve out his own unique style and sound. He has combined rap, beatboxing and DJ’ing and has given 2000 performances in 20 countries. He recently completed a collaborative project “Orbits” with reggae singer/producer Gisto. In 2017, he is touring Internationally and releasing new videos and EP’s with “Sleeveless Records” and “Wandering Worx”.
A rappers dream catcher – Emotionz, 2017
excerpt translated to Cree by Randy Morin
kitâcimowinowa wásakámi iskotêhk isîkâtêwa
Our story’s around the fire are called cyphers
atâmihk askîhk nikamowina êkwa pwâtisimowina osci ê mahtâwahk wiyáw pêkiskwêwin masinahikêwak
Underground jams & pow wows of sacred body language writers
ki maskosêsimwak ôhi bboyak owaskwêwinowawa osihtâwak wânihtamowin
Our grass dancers are bboys who’s moves enhance trances
Ni nikamowinána nikamona tâskoc mistikwaskihkwa pahkêkina ki wahkômâkaniwak ocihcêwâwa itôtahkik
Our chants rap like drumskins that our ancestors hands did
ki ahcahkiminowak otêhêwâk êsi nîmihitocik
The spirits heartbeats are the rhythms for break dancers
êkwa kâ kî nakotikoyahkik ki wahkômâkaniwak naystaw ta pimohtahikonawak ta kocihtâyahk
And our lost loved ones always guide us to take chances