the people's poets

the people's poets

 Edmonton, Alberta, CAN
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"We were born in the struggle and we part of the struggle." Representing their latino and refugee roots, people's poets came onto the scene in March 2007 dropping critically conscious hip hop! The poets' album NO LIFE WITHOUT ROOTS released in March debuted at No. 1 on CIUT Hip Hop in April 2009.


People’s poets are two Edmonton emcees and one DJ who rap about social justice issues, local and global. Representing their refugee roots from Chile this hip-hop collective mix rhymes about life experiences with social and political commentary. Performing at a variety of music festivals, cultural events and international conferences, people’s poets combine music and action for social change and community building.

People’s Poets have been invited by the Cuban Ministry of Culture and Tourism to participate in several events at the World Festival of Youth Artists, Romerias de Mayo, which will take place from May 2 - 8, 2010 in the city of Holguín, Cuba. The World Festival of Youth Artists held during the 17th Romerias de Mayo is an exceptional opportunity to network with and learn from over 400 guests representing over 40 countries during 7 days in the city of Holguin. During the Festival there will be a variety of presentations, symposiums, workshops and performances that will provide participants with new tools for cultural expression and interchange.

People’s Poets self released album NO LIFE WITHOUT ROOTS debuted at No. 1 on the CIUT 89.5 (U of Toronto) Hip Hop Chart in mid April and maintained a presence for 5 weeks. National chart activity also included 88.5 CJSR (University of Alberta) 90.9 CJSW (U of Calgary), 102.7 FM CILU (Lakehead University), CJSF 90.1 MHz (Burnaby) and CFBX 92.5FM (Kamloops) Hip Hop Charts.
NO LIFE WITHOUT ROOTS was also no. 16 on the top 20 Hip-Hop earshot charts for May and June 2009!

Aside from lending their voice and support to a variety of community groups, the people’s poets also offer workshops on hip-hop, art and resistance, and tools for expression.

Workshops have been provided for:
Edmonton Immigrant Services Association
Change For Children Rural Roots
University of Alberta International Week
Global Youth Assembly John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Alberta Federation of Labour

Festival & Conference Highlights

2010 - Edmonton Public Library Freedom Ball, Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, AB)
2010 - Pras of the Fugees and Haiti Relief, Global Awareness Week MacEwan University (Edmonton, AB)

2009 – Make Poverty History, University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB)
2009 - Ernesto Che Guevara Festival (Edmonton, AB)
2009 - Youth Emergency Shelter Society Grand Opening (Edmonton, AB)
2009 - IHuman Block Party
2009 - Arts on the Ave Eastwood Festival (Edmonton, AB)
2009 - Governor General Hip Hop Youth Dialogue and Concert
Global Youth Assembly Ignite Change Now (Edmonton, AB)
2009 – 2nd Annual Hip-Hop in the Park (Edmonton, AB)
2009 Slingshot Hip Hop Edmonton Premiere
2009 University of Alberta International Week
Opening Ceremonies and Finale Concert

2008 Once de Septiembre Commemoration (Edmonton, AB)
2008 Parkland Conference (Edmonton, AB)
2008 The Works Art and Design Festival (Edmonton, AB)
2008 Heart of the City Music Festival (Edmonton, AB)
2008 Hip Hop in the Park (Edmonton, AB)
2008 May Day Cabaret (Edmonton, AB)
2008 Alberta Social Forum (Red Deer, AB)
2008 Rural Roots Conference (Gull Lake, AB)

2007 Global Visions Film Festival (Edmonton, AB)
2007 Resistance and Revolution: Che Guevara 40 year Commemoration (Edmonton, AB)
2007 Edmonton Poetry Festival (Edmonton, AB)
2007 Igniting for Change Summit (Edmonton, AB)
2007 3rd Annual Anti-War Hip Hop Festival (Vancouver, BC)
2007 The Works Art and Design Festival (Edmonton, AB)
2007 Heart of the City Music Festival (Edmonton, AB)
2007 Voices for Unity (Edmonton, AB)
2007 Art Aware (Edmonton, AB)


No Life Without Roots - March 2009

Set List

the people's poets can play 30 minute to 1 hour sets. Most of the songs will be featured on the No Life Without Roots Album
Songs include:

rebel rides
people's promised part
this jam
hip the gift hop
where we at?
stolen sisters
otro mundo es posible
game of life
part of the struggle
hasta siempre
ya basta
somos más
no life without roots