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“We used to gather, around our fires, or in our longhouses, or in our lodges, and we had understandings, that came to us, we’re like, okay this is how it is to be … so our people totemized it – sing it, dance it, paint it, carve it, weave it, make it into a spoon, eat out of that understanding, paint it on the wall…”
Rapper, radio host, community activist, actor, podcaster and graphic designer Ostwelve performed at the Prospera Twilight Concert Series in Fraser River Heritage Park on Friday (June 21) evening.
3. Ostwelve. Ronnie Dean Harris is the Vancouver performance poet and rapper behind Ostwelve, who will play five sets at MusicFest. Harris made national news for non-musical reasons earlier this month after administering CPR successfully to an unconscious black bear cub near Lytton a move that wasn’t out of character: The Langley resident and Indigenous musicologist has been rallying for the well-being of the world in and out of the music business for more than a decade, and will continue his educational efforts with The Art of Being a DJ workshop on Sunday.
Festivalgoers can feed their need for funky grooves performed by young artists in another Saturday afternoon workshop at the Barn Stage. NASA We Have a Pulse will showcase the talents of The OM Sound, Tony Aganaba, Ostwelve and more.
In a chat with the Georgia Straight at the National Film Board of Canada's Vancouver office in Gastown, Ronnie Dean Harris, also known as hip-hop artist Ostwelve and whose ancestral name is Mlo:yhleq, explains that he used a special voice—the longhouse voice—to deliver a speech in the film.