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Orène Askew (Tumaliya, DJ O Present)
I am an brisk Afro-Indigenous DJ from the Squamish Nation venturing into the hip-hop scene. I used to be born and raised in Vancouver, BC in our stunning Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territory.
In 1993, my cousin took me to my first live performance—SWV (Sisters with Voices) on the Plaza of Nations in Vancouver. I used to be solely 10 years previous and I bear in mind how good the music was and the way completely satisfied I felt to be round so many black folks. I bear in mind folks letting me experience in entrance as a result of I could not see. One of many band’s singers, Coko with the lengthy neon fingernails, stated “whats up” to me, and I am fairly certain that is once I began desirous to be a performer.
Life-changing live performance
The primary time I noticed Janet Jackson carry out stay at Rogers Area. My good buddy and I randomly bought entrance row tickets and I could not take my eyes off Janet and her dancers. The costumes, choreography, music and set design blew me away. I may inform how a lot onerous work, perseverance and dedication went into making this a present I’ll always remember. I believe Janet desires everybody to have a superb time at her exhibits, which is why she places a lot effort into it. I am an enormous fan and she or he taught me rather a lot about onerous work. It is a dream of mine to work together with her someday 🙂
The primary three data
The infamous BIG Life after dying I all the time took my brother’s double CD album to hearken to, as a result of at 14, you may have a restricted finances. My favourite tracks are “Infamous Thugs” and “Sky’s The Restrict”. This music is timeless, and even 25 years later, the lyrics nonetheless stream and make sense.
Bailiff My path It is a type of strong R&B albums that you may simply let it play and each track is nice. There aren’t many albums nowadays that you are able to do that with.
Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale and Massive Steps It was value ready 5 years for this album. I really feel like he’s rising and therapeutic like all of us. My favourite observe is “Auntie Diaries” about her trans members of the family. I may relate to lots of the lyrics as a result of my aunt was additionally trans. It is superb when an artist can seize one thing relatable and inform you a narrative about it in artwork type.
Favourite video of all time
Tupac Shakur “To Dwell and Die in Los Angeles” To be sincere, I am not likely a Tupac fan, however I really like this video. The simplicity of his experience in his group displaying everybody the place he is from and the 90s vibe of the video is what does it for me. He simply saved it actual, informed folks the place he was from in phrases, and confirmed you bodily.
What’s in your fridge
Bacon and eggs. I not too long ago had a movie crew at my home and one of many crew introduced me bacon and eggs as a result of he remembered how I stated how a lot I liked them. Like critically, a number of eggs which I attempt to eat each different day. I’ve an obsession with breakfast meals, particularly in terms of making scrambled eggs and omelettes. I’d have breakfast for each meal of the day if I may.
Whipped cream. Expired whipped cream that I ought to have used to make my hen and broccoli pasta.
Bud gentle. Just a few solitary Bud Lights that I hardly ever drink.
Take heed to DJ O Present’s new single, “Standing & Readability”, right here.