Emoticon Dawn
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Emoticon Dawn

Band Spoken Word Hip Hop


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#DAWN #DAWN EP (April 2013)


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Emoticon Dawn is a conversation between the classic and the contemporary.
The duo met nearly a decade ago at University in Edmonton. Soon found
common ground in their affinity of music and words and with a few other
musicians created a band. The “Hidden Gemz” didn’t last long and only had
one show. However, that one show was opening for Saul Williams.

Since then Arlen and Ian have worked on a couple projects and shared the stage
with many prolific artists including (rapper Shad K, members of the Wu-Tang
Clan, singer Kreesha Turner) and many others.

“The name explains the band,” says Ian Keteku. “Every dawn we wake up and experience new emotions. Emoticons are just the way our generation articulates emotions. Our music is speaks to a spectrum of emotions, and its hip.”

Arlen who has ancestry in Iran and Ian in Ghana West Africa are influenced by
their cultural roots and infuse such elements into their sound and performances.

Emoticon Dawn also facilitate music and poetry workshops for youth and various community groups. Inspiring people to accept the power of expression through art.