The Kennedy Center

Nomadic Massive



Biography

1 - Haitian-born Ralph Joseph aka Waahli is a mostly self-taught jack of many trades; from guitarist, mc, dj, producer, community builder and young entrepreneur. Recently, Waahli has collaborated on a song for Haiti called Nap Chante Pou Ayiti with Arianne Moffat to raise funds for Haiti’s rebuilding effort. After completing degrees in communications, art, theatre, and paralegal technology, he works in parallel with Nomadic Massive’s aspirations as a legal consultant for a non-profit organization.

2 - Modibo Keita is a young trombonist of Malian descent who has achieved great accomplishments in his young career, playing every year in the Montreal International Jazz Festival since 2007. In 2009, he opened for Busta Rhymes, playing in the horn section of Iraki rapper the Narcycist, and in 2010 he was chosen to take part in the Yamaha Canada All-Star Jazz Band in Ottawa.

3 - Meryem Saci aka Medusa is a singer/songwriter. Born and raised in Algeria, she came to Montreal as a refugee in 2000. She has performed lead roles in musicals, gospel choirs, jazz festivals, and a variety of collaborations. Her sultry voice has been compared to Sharon Jones, and her unique style has contributed directly to Nomadic Massive’s distinct sound. Currently studying Political Science, she also manages a real estate career.

4 - Jason “Blackbird” Selman has served the Montreal arts scene for almost 15 years as both a poet and trumpet player who completed a BA in Music at Concordia University. A founding member of musical ensemble Kalm Unity Vibe Collective, Jason is also a part of the dynamic live Hip Hop group Nomadic Massive. In 2008 he published the book The Freedom I Stole. He is also the producer of the Intimate Sky performance series.

5 - Active in the international Hip Hop scene for over 15 years, Lou Piensa is a trilingual MC/producer (English, French and Spanish). His nomadic childhood (France, Ecuador, Algeria, Canada and Cuba) has given him an ability to adapt with ease, and it has fueled his international vision of Hip Hop culture.

6 – Nicholas Palacios-Hardy (aka Butta Beats) is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, multi-lingual rapper, singer, songwriter, beat-boxer, and free-styler. He has become synonymous with live shows and studio collaborations that set him apart from the cookie cutter hip-hop artists of today. Having lived in several countries, and raised by Argentine parents, unique circumstances and perspectives have continually informed the direction of his artistic message and musicianship.

7 – Haitian-born Diegal Leger alias Rawgged MC is a self-taught all-around Hiphopper. He is a founding member and bassist of Nomadic Massive, who also founded the Students for the Advancement of Hip Hop Culture and was a principal organizer of the International Hip Hop Symposium in 2002-2005 and 2009.  Moreover, this Haitian born Montrealer obtained his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine, practicing in the Montreal region since 2008.

8 - Nantali Indongo (Tali a.k.a Iam Blackgirl) is a singer and emcee in Nomadic Massive.  Tali daylights as a researcher/journalist at CBC Radio. In mid-afternoon she is known to run to phone-booths to change into a community educator, in order to tour in schools with an educational-interactive project about the non-violent origins of Hip Hop culture. Tali holds close to her heart ideals such as a just dissemination of information, the real lives of others, Hip Hop culture, the cultures of small Caribbean islands, and good quality music. Actively, she works to combine those elements to affect positive change in the world, or just at a Montreal bus stop.

9 - Alejandro Sepulveda (aka Ali Sepu) is an accomplished guitarist and singer.  He has worked as an educator for the past 7 years in a Montreal-area Arts high school.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Concordia University as well as a Master's Degree in Arts from Mcgill University, where he is presently completing a Doctoral Degree in Philosophy.  He has performed on many international stages including the Cuban International Hip Hop Symposium (Havana), Brazilian Black History month festivities (Sao Paulo), and the Festival International de la Cancion (Vina del Mar, Chile).  Over the years, he has acted as a booker, manager and  webmaster for Nomadic Massive.  His musical influences range from B.B. King to Carlos Santana to Wyclef Jean.

10 - Vox Sambou has been writing and performing for over 10 years and is a founding member of Nomadic Massive. He holds a BA in psychology and anthropology. He feels it is important to identify the social issues but it is equally urgent to find concrete solutions. He exercises this credo for more than 5 years as director of a youth community center La Maison de jeunes Côte-des-Neiges.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/6/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents Nomadic Massive

From Montreal, Canada, Nomadic Massive, the multi-lingual, multi-cultural group of performers and skilled musicians, creates open-minded hip-hop inspired by traditions of the past, most notably live instrumentation and a wide range of vocal styles. Please note: This concert contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

Nomadic Massive