Belladonna & the Awakening

Belladonna & the Awakening

BandHip HopSpoken Word

Belladonna eats words and spits hot fire, with the help of band/family/social movement the Awakening. Evoking change through word, music, movement and spirit, this organic collective beats like a swollen heart against the chest. Hip hop is a living organ and it is evolving before your eyes.

Biography

A soul stirring melody and regiment of rhythm fused with imagery-rich, soulful rhyme speaks the language of social justice and community.

This band epitomises the experience of "spirit rising," laying down grooves somewhere between jazz, funk and hip hop. Belladonna and the Awakening represent the enlightened mind of the rising third world, a new flavour immersed in old school values.

Influenced by artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Billie Holiday, Gil Scott Heron and Outkast, their sound is an entirely unique expression of collective energy: positivity without the sugarcoating, enduring hope without the willful blindness.

Stage Credits include:
NXNE 2006
HEATWAVE - Live to Air Broadcast - Pride Toronto 2006 (ckln)
METRO HALL SQUARE, TORONTO - Global Guluwalk (Project Humanity)
LULA LOUNGE, TORONTO - Girljam 2005 (YWCA)
HIGH PARK DREAM AMPHITHEATRE, TORONTO - Scream in High Park Literary Festival
FACTORY STUDIO THEATRE, TORONTO - Cross Currents Festival Launch
DEGRASSI HOUSE, TORONTO - Play for Peace (Toronto East For Peace)
METRO REFERENCE LIBRARY, TORONTO - Poetry with a Pulse (PEN Canada)
BACKSTAGE LOUNGE, VANCOUVER - GreenTara release
LAMPLIGHTER PUB, VANCOUVER - Sista'Hood Celebration
EL MOCAMBO, TORONTO - Por Amor (Human Dimensions)
RIVOLI, TORONTO - Toronto Rape Crisis Centre Benefit
ARTISTS' PLAY STUDIO THEATRE, TORONTO - Artists' Play

Lyrics

I'm So Low

Written By: Belladonna

I'm so low on the totem pole
I'm about to grow roots
I'm so low on the totem pole
I'm about to grow roots

I'm so low I gotta look up to see ground level
Underground they call me the sound rebel
Kick the dust up and watch the clouds settle
Never make my point with loud metal
I'm like an unbreakable flower petal
Tough as fuck and still somehow gentle
Up's the only way for me to go
Cuz I'm so low.

Uplift Me

Written By: Belladonna (lyrics), Gerry Sylvia (music)

UPLIFT ME

Can’t walk the block without getting chopped
People hungry for companionship but can’t lock
Down a family, a job or a hamhock
Eating ketchup packages in the parking lot
In the alley shooting up, God knows what
Soul billowing but empty as a windsock
I think it’s time we all stop and take stock
Drop glocks cuz we fought for what-nots
Prime real estate really waits for zen spots
Not in Rosedale, Hollywood or tommyrot
So instead of infiltrating covert ops
Stop your chattering and listen to my talk box
Take your sweat lodge and fill it up with hot rocks
Listen to the stillness for deus vox
Civilization makes anyone abhor flocks
But when it is wack, I remember that you’re not

I’m reaching out. I need your energy
You’ve got that positive vibe that can center me
Symbiotic. You know I’ll feed you mentally
Uplift me. Uplift me.

Discography

OFF MY CHEST EP - Belladonna featuring music by the Awakening & Gerry Sylvia
ALL RIOT ON THE WESTERN FRONT EP - Belladonna with the Red Menace

Set List

Sets range from 15 to 60 minutes, containing all original material. A typical set includes crowd favourites:

Revolutionary Fairytale
Free-dom
I'm So Low
Giant Squid
Free World
Becoming

...among others