Spring 2014 Inside the Ethnic Studies Stuido

April 28, 2014

I.A.

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

10:30am - 11:30am

UH Mānoa, George Hall 227

 

This presentation will feature Grammy-nominated artist Carolyn Malachi, rapper Matt Reeves, and filmmaker and entrepreneur Jermaine Fletcher. Carolyn Malachi blends Jazz, Hip Hop, Spoken Word and lots of imagination into a style Giant Step calls “delicate, refreshing [and] smooth”. The independent, Grammy-nominated artist counts Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Radiohead, and Sarah Vaughan among her greatest influences. Malachi promotes music education by supporting GRAMMY U initiatives. She champions global access to education with e-textbook provider Chegg and The School Fund. In 2013, the artist whom MTV calls “one of five R&B artists to obsess over” released a full-length album, Gold. Between sessions and tour dates, she maintains a tech column in Black Enterprise magazine.

 

Matt Reeves grew up in the Park Hill area of Staten Island, home to legendary artists such as Wu-Tang Clan and King Just. Artists like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Common, Mos Def, and Boot Camp Clik helped shape the various styles and content reflected in his overall catalogue. Matt Reeves describes himself as “nobody special but somebody great” by which he means that he is an everyday artist who aims to appeal to everyday people. His songs are attached to true emotion which allows his music to resonate with listeners from all walks of life. Matt prides himself in making music that people feel and relate to. Matt is not a newcomer to music and the hip hop culture. Over the years, he has collaborated with some of hip hop’s most respected artists and producers from across the United States. His musical projects include GSDT – Get Signed or Die Trying, 4 The Love of Hip Hop, and MLR – After My Past Before My Future.

 

Jermaine Fletcher is the co-director and co-producer of the film, The Curators Volume 1: A Story of Independence, which was recently selected for the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. He currently works as an editor for BloombergUTV and is a graduate of Florida A&M University. He has served as director and editor for FutureMental Productions, is a cofounder of The Manifold Magazine, and director and producer of The Curators of Hip Hop, an online documentary series and archive.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA), UH Diversity and Equity Initiative.

 

For more information call Roderick Labrador at (808) 956 - 6915.

 

 

April 23, 2014

I.A.

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

10:30am - 11:30am

UH Mānoa, George Hall 227

 

This presentation will feature Hawai‘i-based rapper I.A. Born Jordan Salud on the island of O‘ahu, I.A. is the son of world champion boxer Jesus “The Hawaiian Punch” Salud. He was exposed to music at a young age; in 8th grade he began writing his own lyrics to instrumentals of popular songs and soon after, he started a group with high school classmates named “The Otherz.” In 2007, I.A. released his first solo album, The Kama‘aina Classic, which featured two singles, “Dat Island Sound” (featuring B.E.T.) and “808 Party,” with both garnering heavy rotation on local radio. The album would go on to be nominated for a Hawai‘i Music Award and Na Hoku Hanohano Award. In 2008, IA followed his critically acclaimed debut album with Another Day in the H.I., with the single, “Do Whut I Like,” receiving popular attention. I.A.’s third album, Beyond Paradise was released in 2011, featuring collaborations with rappers Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn as well as producer Illmind. In 2012, he released his fourth album, Flyght 808, which was also nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award and featured the tracks “Go The Distance” and “Bring It Back,” produced by Grammy Award winning producer/engineer CTLGD. In addition to his albums, I.A. has also released a number of mixtapes, including The Prequel, The Ohana Mixtapes Volumes 1, 2, and 3, Another Day in the 80’s, Boarding Pass, Songs For Your Girlfriend, and Get Fresh (with DJ Kutmaster Spaz and Osna). In 2013, I.A. added television to his resume, hosting Hawaii Prep GameWeek, and more recently he joined forces with Hawai‘i lifestyle blog AlohaHype.com to create Aloha Hype TV, which made its debut earlier this year.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA), Dancers Unlimited, Curators of Hip Hop.

 

For more information call Roderick Labrador at (808) 956 - 6915.

 

 

March 19, 2014

Jeff Bernat and JBird

 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

10:30am - 11:30am

UH Mānoa, George Hall 227

 

This presentation will feature singer/songwriter Jeff Bernat and producer JBird. The 24-year old singer/songwriter from Reno, Nevada, was born in Subic Bay, Philippines then moved to Japan where his dad was stationed and retired from the U.S. Navy. Jeff moved to Reno in 1995, and has been there ever since. After high school, he started dedicating himself to singing, and began songwriting and music production. Jeff released his debut album, “The Gentleman Approach,” in December 2011, which reached the #5 spot on the iTunes R&B charts. After the success of his debut album, Jeff signed record distribution deals in Japan and Korea and has performed all over the United States and other countries, recently in Canada and South Korea. On December 2013, he released his second album, “Modern Renaissance,” which reached #7 on the iTunes R&B charts.

 

Jeff Bernat will be accompanied by producer, JBird, who was born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay of Northern California. He began composing and recording music when his dad bought him his first keyboard at age 14. J grew a serious admiration for jazz music during this time and taught himself music theory. After graduating from high school, J continued his jazz studies at Nevada University with piano as his main instrument. Soon after, he gained an interest in music studio production, beat making and recording songs for singers and emcees. After a stint of touring with a few local bands, JBird focused more on production and sharpening his craft. Since then he has been fortunate and blessed to work with artists like Michael Carreon, Jesse Barrera, Melissa Polinar, Jeni Suk, Whitney Myer, Esta, Jeremy Passion, Ryan Mitchell Grey, Andrew Garcia, and JR Aquino. In the presentation, Jeff Bernat and JBird will speak about the connections between their lives and artistry.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Philippine Studies, Native Hawaiian Student Services, Philippine Studies, Native Hawaiian Student Services, Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB), and Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA).

 

For more information call Roderick Labrador at (808) 956-6915.

 

 

February 26, 2014

Aaron “Angry Woebots” Martin

 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

10:30am - 11:15am

UH Mānoa, George Hall 227

 

This presentation will feature Aaron “Angry Woebots” Martin aka “Woes Martin.” Aaron Martin was born on O‘ahu but spent most of his childhood in southern California, some of his youth in Nevada before finally landing back in Hawai‘i during his junior year in high school. Saturday morning cartoons, Kung Fu, and comic books served as early inspirations to be creative in some way. It was during high school in Honolulu when he got into graffiti through Hip Hop culture. In 1998 a car accident changed everything; this life-threatening experience inspired him to leave the island once again, this time to Seattle, Washington, where he discovered a new art movement that involved Hip Hop, punk rock, skating, graffiti, toys, and design. Engulfed by this new movement, Aaron followed along and was hooked, inspiring him to create again. He then returned to Hawai‘i with a new perspective and had his first show in 2002. Since then, he has been showing in galleries across the United States, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and Europe. He has appeared in many publications within the Art, Designer Toy, and Hip Hop communities. Aaron has worked with many companies involving designer toys, design, and live works - Kidrobot, Disney/Mindstyle, Kampeon, Converse Red, Samsung, Kicks Hawaii, Fitted Hawaii, FLABSLAB Singapore, and In4mation, to name a few. Recently, he’s gone back to painting walls using aerosol, rollers, and house paint. In this respect, he’s been involved with the Heineken Mural Project, the Richmond Mural Project (Virginia), Art Basel Miami, ARTSLAM! (San Antonio, Texas), and Pow! Wow! Hawaii (in his hometown of Honolulu). These projects have involved painting on a larger scale for the public eye and to better showcase the process of creating a piece of work from the bottom to the top.

 

Along with his success and worldwide travel, his long-time passion for toys has given him the opportunity to create his own pieces, whether it be through Kidrobot’s Dunny platform or his own resin sculpture with his partner, Palmetto, of Silent Stage Gallery. Aaron has covered ground on a wide range of artistic and geographic ends. You can usually find him at Comicon San Diego, Comicon New York, Designer Con Pasadena, and Singapore Toy Con rocking custom vinyl toys, resin figures, and collaborations. His focal medium, however, is acrylic paintings on wood and canvas. Using minimal colors and detailed character design, these paintings are usually comprised of emotionally stressed out, aggravated pandas or bears. The pandas tend to represent the story of struggle, humble beginnings, and rolling with the punches. From Hawai‘i to the continental U.S. and across the globe he continues to leave his mark, connecting with other artists and other cultures, which has been his recent focus, experiencing life to the fullest and building on a worldwide plane. In the presentation, Aaron will discuss his life, art, and creative process.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA).

 

For more information call Roderick Labrador at (808) 956-6915.

 

 

February 24, 2014

Krystilez

 

Monday, February 24, 2014

10:30am - 11:15am

UH Mānoa, George Hall 227

 

This presentation will feature Krystilez, a contributor in the recently released book, Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America. His chapter in the book entitled, “Homesteady,” examines his life as a local hip hop recording artist, a radio DJ, and his upbringing on a Hawaiian homestead. Krystilez has numerous solo music projects, including his most recent release, “The Huliau Mixtape,” which has garnered rotation on local radio and has been categorized as “Urban Island.” He is also a member of the Hawai‘i hip hop supergroup, Angry Locals, who have released several musical projects, including their latest entitled “Locals Only.” Krystilez also hosts a popular nightly radio show on 102.7 da BOMB. In this presentation, he will talk about his book chapter as well as his work in the hip hop and radio broadcasting industries.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA).

 

For more information call Roderick Labrador at (808) 956-6915.

 

 

February 19, 2014

Add+Plus

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2014

10:30am - 11:15am

UH Mānoa, George Hall 227

 

This presentation will feature Add+Plus, comprised of Seph1 (rhythm+rhyme) and PaizLee (keys+synths) who began working together in 2005 as lead vocalists for the group Tempo Valley and also for Groove Improv Artists beginning in 2007. Add+Plus will release their self-produced album later this year and their first single featuring Shing02, “4Eva Gatez,” is a song inspired by PaizLee’s late father and was released on the 1-year anniversary of his passing. A portion of the proceeds from their project will go towards the restoration of areas most affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines through NAFCON.

 

“Malaya LP” or better known as PaizLee has been woven into the Honolulu music scene since the late 90s when O‘ahu became her home. Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Southern California, her journey with music began early and has been nurtured through piano, flute, voice, acting, dance, creative writing and art classes. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Dance, her vision has been to integrate community work with her music & art. Performing for dozens of community events to raise awareness for various causes over the past several years, it was her experience with Illuminating Pin@y Voices, a mentorship training for gender violence prevention through the UHM Women’s Center that sparked an interest in working with the Pilipino community. During her work as a bilingual Pilipina advocate and case manager at a local domestic violence agency, she worked with survivors to empower them into a healthier environment. She continues to engage in mentorship and outreach projects with the youth to empower them through arts and culture.

 

Known as Seph1 in the HI, this spoken word artist has surfed the airwaves broadcasting Mondays from 3-6pm from 2010 to 2013. The emcee/host/selectah of his own radio show HI-Level Funkshun on KTUH 90.3 FM Honolulu, has been a representative of Hip Hop Arts in Hawai’i for nearly two decades. Born in Washington, DC, and raised around the world (formerly a military brat), Seph1 one has been a resident of HI for most of his life though he has traveled throughout the US and abroad, and it is his journey which has informed his conscientious lyricism as a recording artist. It was his journey through academia and his research through the Ethnic Studies department that prompted the politicizing of his poetry. He serves the people, not just through music and word-sound but also community awareness campaigns to empower the people. Over the course of the past year, his outreach efforts have provided training and workshops on healthy relationships for youth groups and mobilized young men to end gendered violence and rally against all forms of oppression. He has coordinated with art-based youth organizations on ad campaigns promoting Healthy Land, Healthy Bodies, and Healthy Relationships while encouraging creative critical thinking and re/connecting to roots and justice.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA).

 

For more information call Roderick Labrador at (808) 956-6915.