Greater Toronto Area, Canada
Zakisha brown was born in Toronto, but she is of Jamaican descent and an organizer of one of the largest growing poetry/hip hop movements in Canada called R.I.S.E Movement. It stands for Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere. She is a powerful hip hop artist that performs internationally. She’s performed all across Universities and Colleges in Ontario and Internationally in areas such as London England, Miami Florida, Jamaica, New York, and Accra, Ghana. She Facilitates workshops for youth, teaching the importance of music, self-development and the value and impact of the stories we tell through our art. Zak’isha has opened up for artists such as Talib Kweli, Dru Hill, Nas and for the influential and acclaimed poet Saul Williams. She believes in the importance of substance in lyrics. Zakisha is working on her first album coming out in 2020, and is excited to showcase to the world that music can heal, reach, teach and make you simply, feel.
Dawid Kumidaj (pronounced Daveed Koo-mee-die) aka Emcee LiftiD is a Hip Hop Emcee who immigrated from Poland to Canada with his family at the young age of 5 years old. Landing fresh into the bustling streets of Toronto, Dawid was immersed into a whole new world of sights, sounds and experiences. Growing up in and around the Toronto area, would shape his love and respect for all people of varying cultures, colours and religions (which he would also soon find himself constantly participating amongst). During his teenage years he was introduced to Hip Hop music and Kulture and immediately fell in love. Ever since then LiftiD has been enthralled with his journey of self-creation, expression, and community building through Hip Hop Kulture and all its art forms. While maintaining his own cultural roots, LiftiD has managed to build a strong following within his own local Polish community along with his crew, KonSorcjuM and their Wielka Familia collective.