DJing, Lyricism and Self-Expression for Empowerment with DijahSB
Saturday, September 30, 12pm-3pm
Rap offers a platform for Black girls to express their thoughts, emotions, and experiences through creative lyricism. Encourage participants to write their own rap verses or poems that reflect their personal journeys, challenges, or aspirations. This can provide an outlet for self-expression and empower them to share their unique perspectives. Participants will be introduced to the art of DJing as a tool for empowerment learning basic DJ techniques, such as beat-matching and mixing which will encourage them to curate their own empowering playlists. This activity can empower Black girls to take control of their narratives and express themselves through music.
It’s no longer a secret that Toronto, Canada continues to be an incubator of raw, unique talent and rapper/songwriter DijahSB is the latest artist taking their brand and story to the world. Inspirational without being preachy, their music is a glimpse into the mind of a Black non-binary artist rapping their way through hope, heartbreak, and breakthroughs. Their fascination with the unguarded creative processes of their influences Kid Cudi and Lupe Fiasco birthed a desire to express themselves freely and unapologetically unique.
It was Dijah’s self-assured confidence that encouraged their decision to quit their job and take on music full time. Without any plan or guarantee, only intuition that if they remained consistent to their voice, support and collaborators would come and they did; from Brazil, Australia, the US and the UK, they amassed a cult following of creatives and fans who religiously followed their Twitter account, and when it came time to support a gofundme their fans gladly gave what they could to help release their debut album 2020.
The following year, Dijah released their critically acclaimed album Head Above the Waters, a Kaleidoscope of lyricism, honesty, and a clear vision of the successes to come, earning them increased attention from the industry, their peers and the 2021 Shortlist of the Polaris Prize, Internationally recognized and one of the top coveted awards for songwriters in Canada.
Dijah starts the year off with the release of their new project aptly named 2022 the EP. Dijah highlights a lot of the issues we face in the new world of repetitive lockdowns, skyrocketing real estate prices, and finding their way in both the industry and life. Producers include frequent collaborator Cheap Limousine and a special track to close with famed producer Matisse of the electronic group Keys N Krates. With every release, Dijah moves closer to their dream of living comfortably, happily and being a voice for the LGBTQ+ community.