2019 Mentors

Candy Bowers

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Candy Bowers is an award-winning writer, actor, social-activist, comedian and producer. The co-artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of hip hop theatre that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming.

Candy is currently working on her first feature film with ArenaMedia, an anthology of Australian monologues for Actors of Colour called EVERYBODY ELSE, Twelve – a soul musical from the streets (after Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night) and One the Bear – a fairytale for the hip hop generation heading to the Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House in 2019.

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Graffiti Art - Joe Snow

Rapper Joe Snow, originally from Leeds UK, has spent the past few year in working as a graffiti artist mentor working with Youth as well linking up with local Melbourne producers on new music with local artists like Must Volkoff, U Wish, Able 8 and Sinks. After a hand full of successful albums with his home crew Defenders Of Style this will be Joe’s second solo release. The 7 track EP features the likes of Lego, Datkid, Res One and Defender’s Of Style’s Prys, with production by Hashfinger, Must Volkoff, Able 8, U Wish, Sinks and Lego. Watch out for the visuals for ‘She Wish’ coming soon.

Pang Productions Australian hip hop artists have been working hard over the past few years to hone their skills and have been making some classic hip hop including some big releases from Must over the last year. Nelson Dialect has made the trip back to Australia after a recent European.

Rap and Music Production - Rawthentic (P.link, J.Mac, Downpat & Relic)

What initially just started as a bit of fun battling with the homies and rapping at house parties soon turned into a full fledged passion for P.Link and in 2002 Tranquil Artillery was formed. The local group was made up of 8 high school mates who all shared a love for hip hop – Brez(Keyboard/Bass), Lorne(Drums), DJ A-Tap & 5 MC’s – P.Link, J.Mac, DownPat, Lystik & Eazy.

In 2010 P. Link, formed ‘The Aphilliates’ alongside his long time partner in crime J.Mac and the newly recruited DJ Rellik. They recorded a self titled 12 track mixtape over jacked and original beats at Pang studios and started repping the new moniker at live shows all over Melbourne.

Under the guidance of Trem & Must, P.Link formed Rawthentic Records in early 2012 and went onto drop his EP as the labels first official release.  

P had shown a clear progression and development in style since the days of Tranquil Artillery and had really found his comfort zone telling stories and personal accounts over gritty boom bap beats, the kind of stuff that he was raised on.

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Spoken Word and Poetry - Sista Zai

Sista Zai is a storyteller, educator and radio producer. She founded Stillwaters Storytelling Collective in 2011, a platform for Black women who write. Her latest project is the Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe, which she hosts and curates. Audiences at the Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe have been spoiled by over 100 performances by African and First Nations storytellers with headliners such as Australia’s Candy Bower’s, the London’s queen of theater and spoken word, Kat Francois and NYC’s queen of slam poetry, Mahogany L Browne. On Sundays, catch Sista Zai playing tunes on the Hip Sista Hop show on 3CR 855AM.

Dagogo Obogo

B-boy Dance and Afrobeat - Dagogo Obogo

Dagogo Obogo was born in Nigeria on the west coast of Africa. Dagogo’s talents have taken him all over the world, teaching and performing in more than 15 countries. He has received wide acclaim for his show stopping talents including 2 times Couples Dance Champion and Runner Up in the Let’s Dance West Africa.

As an in demand and accomplished choreographer, Dagogo has choreographed and taught dance creative development classes in more than 50 schools and choreographed productions made up of more than 1,000 people for various carnivals, events and shows. His work has featured in numerous musical productions. Notorious for his creative choreography Dagogo’s strengths make him an incredibly inspiring and fun dance teacher. Dagogo always aims to make a student’s day just a little brighter. He always gets the best out of the students as he brings inspiration, drama, dance and oh so much personality.

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Rap and Video Production - Titan Debirioun

Social-activist, Rapper and Music curator Titan Debirioun, has been producing fierce Melbourne hip-hop. Working within the Sudanese and communities at large Titan creates funky political conscious Hip Hop, paving the way for black and indigenous artists in Australia.