RasTafari empress Cue Kirk driven to do her thing continues to push the envelope and do her own show. Artist, producer, performer, director, taxi service, contract negotiator, roadie, chief cook and bottle washer and a few more jobs just to pull this show off. Toronto Reggae, www.torontoreggae.ca and CRW www.canadianreggaeworld.com were honored and pleased that Cue asked us to be involved with this showcase.
Native dancers, 8th generation storyteller from South Africa, Jah Paul and the African drummers, Cue herself and the gifted, legendary, innovational, word smith, the real Queen of Canadian hip hop Michie Mee had nuff to say. The first ever Yu Heard Meh was a force to reckon with.
And a night of great spirituality it was. The drum was the heartbeat for all performances. The drum! The depth of the connection to mother earth the drum goes deep... from earth to heart and back again.
During this planet’s upheaval and turbulent times, it is necessary always to create balance which usually comes in the form of artistic expression through music, spoken word, dance or illustration. All three are on display at this event.
One of the strengths of our culture is to communicate through music, vibrations, rhythms, sound and movement, even during turbulent times...we sing, we chant.
The brain child of talented, RasTafari empress Cue Kirk, Yu Heard Meh is a path through poetry, dub poetry; “Word, Power & Sound”, who is one of the night’s featured performers bringing the fyah as is her style.
Canadian, reggae, dancehall, hip hop, pioneer, legend! That’s who she is! I’d like to write a number of superlatives about this lady and went to the trouble of asking her for her bio to aid me in the verbiage. When I read it, I decided to just add the link to remind those who already know and to introduce her to those who do not have the knowledge.
Uber-excited and stoked to hear Michie spit poems and song lyrics.
They say that black people do not read. Part of that ‘truth’ is that we love / d to listen and hear stories handed down by generations of ‘story tellers’. This bonded the relationships from children to children and bound them to the adults, teaching reverence and respect to one’s elders and generations of ancestral stories passed down through the years. 8th generation Storyteller Jacqui Du Toit will be there to bring us back to a time when there was far move love in the world.
The event will feature live painting by visual artists Komi Olaf & Malcom Yarde, while the performances are ongoing creating and encouraging a completely art driven evening of performances, poetry, storytelling, talent and love.
While the world does some of its negatives, please come and join and bring the positive, beautiful energy that resides within all of us.
BREAKING NEWS!!!! ~ 22nd August 2016
Unfortunately Komi Olaf is unable to make this event but renowned Reggae Lane mural artist, Adrian Sawtay Hayles has stepped up and will be doing a piece of art live throughout the event (the piece will be for sale at the end) along with Malcolm Yarde doing the same.