We are utterly proud, excited and pleased to share with you, the Inaugural Melbourne RAP Party!
Hosted by Candy B -
Candy Bowers is a writer, actor, producer, theatremaker and filmmaker. The artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of contemporary performance that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming and earned her the 2018 Geoffrey Milne- Green Room Award for outstanding contribution to Independent Theatre. Her original work for stage includes Hot Brown Honey, Who's That Chik?, Australian Booty, MC Platypus & Queen Koala and One The Bear- A Fairytale for the Hip Hop Generation. She has written poetry, short stories, essays and commentary for The Lifted Brow, SBS Life, Junkee and PerilMag. She is published in Yours Truly- Women of Letters (Penguin), She's Having A Laugh (Affirm), Queerstories and Growing up African in Australia (Hachette). She is a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, recipient of the Australians In Film LA Mentorship Program and is currently working on her first feature film with Robert Connolly's Arena Media.
Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning poet and spoken-word performer who has toured internationally including being a guest at Ubud Writers Festival, The Milosz Festival Poland and was the winner of the 2010 Berlin International Literature Festival’s poetry slam. She teaches poetry to both kids and adults and in 2014 was core faculty for the spoken word program at Canada's Banff Centre.
Nour Abouzeid is a Melbourne-based poet and spoken-word artist. A regular on the Melbourne poetry slam scene, he was the Victorian state champion in the 2010 Australian Poetry Slam and has continued to perform and run workshops in Australia and abroad. Nour is also part of the Melbourne Slam Team this year representing Australia at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago.
Nel Mama Boho performer/producer, spoken word artist & running bitxh has been cervically speaking for twenty years. Cutting her teeth on ABC TV, she's worked at the BBC, Chn 10, 9, 7 and on stages nationally and internationally. A fiercely proud queer, feminist woman-of-colour, Nel Mama Boho is a passionate advocate for social change through the arts.
N'fa Jones (lead vocals/song writer) is a multi-cultural Australian/Sierra-leonean artist credited for establishing the Australian Hip Hop movement with his band 1200 Techniques in 2000. Since then N'fa has toured and lived abroad, nurturing youth groups and community events, school workshops and children with specific social difficulties. He found his passion as a solo artist while living in London, moved back to Australia and released 2 critically acclaimed albums. N'fa stimulates local musical communities, co-creating and delivering a Diploma of Music focused on Hip Hop, at Box Hill Institute, crafting the landscape of Australian music.
Laniyuk was born of a French mother and a Larrakia, Kungarrakan and Gurindji father. Her poetry and short memoir often reflects the intersectionality of her cross cultural and queer identity. She was fortunate enough to contribute to the book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives as well as winning the Indigenous residency for Canberra's Noted Writers Festival 2017. Laniyuk received Overland’s Writers Residency for 2018 as well as being shortlisted for Overland’s 2018 Nakata-Brophy poetry prize.
Wāni is a proud descendant of the Bashi peoples of Walungu, as well as the current Incarnation of the Afronaut. He spends his times teleporting through Universes and time-scapes navigating between dreams of becoming the fire-fist pirate king Hokage master of all four elements, and unfolding tales from a generation who quite honestly might be too good for this Universe.
Kirsty Marillier is a South African actor and writer based in Melbourne / Naarm. Being a mixed race woman of colour raised in SA, Kirsty identifies as coloured, she uses her writing to reclaim her identity and deconstruct the relationship poc have between migration and disempowerment.
Melbourne-based DJ, event curator and radio presenter, MzRizk, is renowned for her ongoing contributions to Melbourne’s rich cultural and music landscape. Her many projects are a distinct blend of music knowledge, creative diversity and cultural and community engagement. As one of Melbourne’s busiest DJs, MzRizk has supported Yasiin Bey/Mos Def, Public Enemy, Common, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, Snarky Puppy, Badbadnotgood, The Daptones, John Morales, The Internet, Bilal, Cody Chestnut, Maseo (De La Soul), Jurassic 5, Maxwell, Tank & The Bangas, Alsarah & The Nubatones and many more. She currently hosts weekly show Boogie Beat Suite on PBS FM.
Sean M Whelan is a poet, performer, marriage celebrant, DJ and podcaster. He collaborates extensively with musicians, including The Interim Lovers and Isnod. Most recently he has begun a creative writing themed podcast called More Than A Whelan in which he writes and performs material based on creative prompts supplied by listeners.
Harvey Zielinski is a queer transgender actor. Since graduating drama school in 2017 he has been the Red Stitch Actors' Theatre Graduate Ensemble Member, and performed there in Taylor Mac's Hir, Annie Baker's The Antipodes, and Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer. In 2018 he was also a top ten finalist for the Heath Ledger Scholarship, awarded an Ian Potter Foundation grant to study at the HB Studio NYC, and the recipient of a Casting Guild of Australia Rising Star Award.
Dj Selecta Suz da Fuse… she plays roots music: reggae, blues, funk, soul, latin, dancehall and more! da Fuse has held residencies at Ruby Tuesday and Nieuw Amsterdam; appeared at Bellville, 56 Bricks, White Hart and Section 8; and has played support for, RUCL, Lotek, The Liberators, Frente Cumbiero, Sinks, Diafrix, Remi and GL.