7Th Generation

7Th Generation

BandHip HopR&B

The art of preseving the hiphop culture is evident in their style as they strive to be different and set themselves apart from the mainstream. They have a love of thier music and refues to limit their creativity, making them one on the most versitle Native Hip Hop crews in Canada

Biography

Producer, DJ Combz, age 26 grew up on the Kamloops Indian Reserve where he saw the daily effects of poverty, drug related deaths and teen suicide. He moved to Vancouver where he evidently fell into pushing drugs. However, after seeing his friends and family deteriorate from the substances, he vowed to distance himself from that lifestyle. He began working on beats, scratching and dj’ing at local nightclubs before enrolling into the Centre of Digital Sound where he studied the business of music and music production. He now runs his own studio and is raising his first son in a drug and alcohol free environment.

Kasp, age 26 grew up on the streets of East Hastings in Vancouver where he witnessed violence, drugs, gangs and prostitution. He lived in poverty and abuse before he was taken from a father who dealt drugs and prostitutes. He began writing music at a young age to release his anger. He managed to leave the city and moved to a small town where he eventually completed his grade 12, helped start the city’s first rap crew, and then on to certify himself to work with high-risk and special needs youth. He has maintained complete sobriety for the past five years.

Nikon, age 34 grew up on the Gitsxan Reserve where the isolated lifestyle drug him into becoming part of an unhealthy lifestyle where he eventually lost control one night, permanently harming another person in order to protect an abused cousin. He spent the next few years in and out of jail to serve his time, and checked himself into a treatment centre where he found his sobriety and ability to sing and drum, and create music. He has gathered teachings from elders and spiritual people from all over the world. He tans and makes the drums that he beats on, beads, and gathers his own medicines to pray with, and shares what he has learned with all who ask.

Together 7th Generation has provided workshops and live performances to youth throughout Canada and the United States for the past 5 years. Their music shares their life experiences and how they maintained a positive lifestyle through their lyrics. Their words contain information that does not glamorize street or gang life in any shape or form. They speak of pride for their people and incorporate some traditional teachings; they touch on topics such as teen suicide, and have recently released a song specifically addressing tobacco misuse.

Although the group touches on some major issues and topics, they are a highly energized crew that loves to get crowd participation by having kids come on stage to dance or share their own lyrical talents.

7th Generation is the recipient of the 2001 EDDY Award for Social Change, nominee for the 2002 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, recipient of the 2002 BC Media Arts Award and two time winner of the 2004/2005 Scorpion Music Award for “Best Hip Hop group in the Okanagan.” They have released three CD’s to date and have performed all over Canada and the United States.

They are capable of providing a full 4 hour concert/dance or showcase two or three songs with the inclusion of a traditional hand drummer in a timeframe of 20-40 minutes. We also present a variety of youth workshops suited to the needs of your conference topics and specialize in “Expressing Yourself through Music: a creative and positive approach to addressing substance, physical and mental abuse, poverty, street life and growing up on the “rez””

Discography

Kasp - Kompalakations
7th Generation - Omega Project
DJ Combz Presents Back To The Essence

Set List

____40 minute performance:
Can be divided into 2-20minute sets.

____*Motivational, Gang Violence, Prostitution, History of Hip-Hop, Drugs & Alcohol, Expressing your self through music, Music Industry, any one of the Workshops, 0ne (1) hour workshops

____*90 minute presentation
Motivational talk, question/answer break & 50 minute performance.

____Dance/Performance
40 minute performance, 4 hour dance, contests & prizes.

____*Conference Special
2-one hour workshops, 50 minute performance, 4 hour dance, contest & prizes.