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Shokanti



Biography

Shokanti approaches the mic with a unique expression of hip-hop, theater, and social consciousness. Blending the rhythms and soul of Cabo Verde, Africa, with the American African creation of hip-hop, Shokanti is an artist who uses the language of kriolu and his music to paint stories of the past, present and future, and theater to enact a visual and lyrical representation of reality. Raised between the islands of Fogo with his grandparents, and Santiago, with his parents and siblings, Shokanti, spent his childhood in contrasting environments that instilled the diverse artistic roots of Cabo Verde.

Shokanti has been invited as a lecturer/performer for Harvard University, Berklee College of Music, Umass Boston, Umass Dartmouth, Brandeis University, Bridgewater University, John C. Smith College amongst many other institutions and venues. He has been featured on Vibe magazine, MTV Iggy.com, Rolling Stones magazine, and Afropop.com as well as many other media outlets as a good representation of african hip hop.

In 2011, Shokanti was also highly recognized in Cabo Verde by being the first hip hop artist to ever perform for the Prime Minister of Cape Verde and all of the government’s dignitaries at the Palacio do Governo ( Government Palace) for the celebration of Day of Culture. For more than a decade, Shokanti has collaborated with legendary Cabo Verdean musician Djim Job with projects including number 1 ranked songs in Cabo Verde’s popular music outlets.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/29/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents Shokanti

Shokanti approaches the mic with a unique expression of hip-hop, theater, and social consciousness that blends with the rhythms and soul of Cabo Verde, Africa. Part of One Mic: Hip- Hop Culture Worldwide.

Shokanti