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KOUZEN at Icehouse
October 28, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm$12
$12 Advance / $15 Day-of Show
KOUZEN are Haitian born, US bred cousins; UnicusHarry and ADP.
UnicusHarry, veteran of Twin Cities Hip-Hop scene with groups; More Than Lights/Kanser. ADP a Haitian poet/emcee, thinker and activist, wanted to collaborate.
Kouzen with its bilingual style of english and Haitian Kreyol is reminiscent of The Fugees, it is part hip-hop and part spoken word.
They are influenced by Hip-Hop groups like The Natives Tongues of the early 90’s, and other genres of music like Bob Marley and the Wailers, Fela Kuti, and Haitian band/artist like Boukman Eksperyans and Toto Bissainthe.
The world is changing and people are questioning different systems across the globe; Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of the KOUZEN journey.
Desdamona is a hip-hop and spoken word artist from Minneapolis. She has won five Minnesota Music Awards for ‘Best Spoken Word Artist, For that reason, and her strong standing in the male-dominated hip-hop scene, she is considered to be the best female spoken word and hip-hop artist in the Midwest
Nyttu Chongo was born in Maputo, Mozambique but grew up raising livestock in the rural province of Gaza. As a young boy he played a variety of traditional Mozambican instruments for his own enjoyment while in the fields with his cattle and goats, and soon realized that he had to heed the call of his ancestors and pursue music directly. The civil war that decimated the country during his formative years and his family’s disapproval of his pursuit of the arts were barriers to his artistic development but also became his inspiration. Even after being forced to leave his rural community during the war, he continued to develop techniques in building, repairing, and playing instruments. A lover of Mozambican traditional music of all kinds, Nyttu seeks to honor the rhythms and melodies that he grew up hearing in the fields and around the campfire.
Dj Elsewhere : Elsewhere is a DJ and producer specializing in glitch hop and funk. His audio/visual live shows feature originals, remixes, and mashups set to video with an emphasis on scratching, beat juggling, and trick mixing.”
Truthmaze : Truth Maze is one of the originators and premier hip-hop artists in Minnesota, beginning in 1983, as a vocal percussionist (beatboxer) known as B-Fresh. He was part of one of the first hip-hop recordings from Minnesota to reach national presence as part of the I.R.M. Crew, and has been recording since 1986 with such groups as I.R.O.C., Mixed Breed and The Mighty Micranots.
Bumopopera Mike Madison is freelance photographer and award-winning photojournalist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s also part of the legendary Nord East Hip-Hop group The Unknown Prophets. He is also a singer and guitarist. He’s featured on numerous songs with Kouzen and have become part of their live shows.
Blaq Fuego: Born and raised in Uganda, East Africa. He is the sole creator of his own kind of genre which combines a variety of all major genres into one. Official ring entrance soloist for Sharif The Lion Bogere. Mentored by Grammy producers No.I.D, Blaq Fuego moved from Uganda to Chicago on an international scene to further pursue his music career. Appearances on ShowTime Live and HBO Boxing were musical energizing ring entrances. He now resides in the Twin Cities where he continues to pave a new path.
with LIVE PAINTING by Vibrant Hues: Athena Estimé, AKA Vibrant Hues has been an artist since the very early years of her life. Her artist name is Vibrant Hues and the owner of Vibrant Hues LLC. Vibrant Hues LLC was created not only to share her healing art and workshops but to uplift the communities she’s a part of by demystifying the arts. Unlocking her passions as a creative has brought many fulfilling opportunities her way and intends to assist others on their journey as well. Keeping up with the theme of family. Vibrant Hue, Adp and Unicus are all real cousins.