My bad for not posting these last shout-outs from the Hip Hop for Justice event earlier, but had to do a lot of research to get ’em right.
Gotta hand it to Mandeep Sethi, the 21-year old rapper representing SFSU. In the past few years, he’s gone on tour along the West Coast, Spain, the U.K. and India among other locations. He represents the SF chapter of Universal Zulu Nation and has performed alongside acts such as Ziggy Marley, Camp Lo, Michael Franti & Spearhead, RZA, and even the great Afrika Bambaataa. He had an especially busy 2009 (releasing the Deacon LF-produced album PALEOFUTURE and an Egyptian-inspired project with MC Sakhu and Povan Beats entitled SET & RA), and he has shown no signs of slowing down in 2010, releasing The World’s Gone Mad EP and more online tracks under the name X33.
I have to say how much I admire his use of internet and social networking sites to share his music. In addition to facebook and twitter, he connects through soundcloud, myspace and bandcamp, plus has a LinkedIn profile, the backing of the label Organik Rebirth website, and countless other spottings on the web. Now that’s hustle!
But there’s much more to him than just the music. Sethi has also worked as a youth organizer and poet mentor at Definitive Education where he uses hip hop as a medium to teach elementary, middle and high school students “to empower themselves through words and music.” [From East-West magazine interview, Oct 26 2009] Staying true to that mission, he always injects fresh and powerful messages into his songs. Sethi says, “I rap about issues that are occurring around the world like genocide, famine, the negative aspects of capitalism as well as things affecting my local community.”
His continuing efforts making him definitely a person and artist to watch, someone that hip hop culture needs these days. Wish him best of luck on his tour with Humble Poet in Canada this month!
On Bandcamp, you can download PALEOFUTURE and SET & RA for free and pay-your-price for The World’s Gone Mad EP. What are you waiting for?? Here are some helpful links:
Check out Hip Hop for Justice, our first big event for the Fall semester, on Tuesday Oct 5h 7-10 pm in 2nd floor MLK at the Multi Culural Center. Organized by Students 4 Hip Hop @ UC Berkeley and sponsored by the Ethnic Studies 5th Account, this event is a celebration of music, poetry and dance in remembrance of Oscar Grant. This event is happening in solidarity with the October 7th Day of Action and will feature speeches and information from local organizers about how you can get active in your community. Admission and food is free and open to everybody.
Also features Cop Watch (an informational service on how to know your rights) and a performance from UC Berkeley dance troupe Berzerkeley
See ya there and spread the word!
RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153553938012424