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ARTIST BIO

Intikana is an award-winning multi-media content creator and passionate storyteller.  Through Hip-Hop music and documentary film, he seeks to create artistic works that illustrate real life experiences while addressing social issues.  As a professional musician, Intikana has released six albums, one mixtape, and guest featured on dozens of projects.  With nearly two decades in the music industry, Intikana has recorded with Dead Prez, Keith Murray, Murda Mook, Chris Rivers, Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), Vaughn Benjamin aka Akae Beka (Midnite), Dinco D (Leaders of The New School), Vordul Mega (Cannibal Ox), and several Grammy award-winners.  On stage, Intikana has opened for artists such as Immortal Technique, Styles P, Jay Electronica, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Saul Williams; among others. 


As an independent artist, Intikana has toured his music and films in over 100 cities throughout 12 countries across 4 continents.  He is a recipient of the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award in Performing Arts and his live performances have been quoted in The Daily News, Time Out NY, The Village Voice, among others.  Intikana has been featured on VH1, BET, Shade 45's Sway In The Morning, MSNBC, Univision, and BBC World Radio; to name a few.  As an arts educational specialist, Intikana has over 15 years of experience teaching at universities and public schools (K-12).  He has partnered with Google, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Scholastic, Urban Word NYC, APAP, and DreamYard; mentoring urban youth in NYC & beyond.  He has presented at hundreds of established venues as well as community centers, group homes, shelters, youth jails, and prison facilities. 


In hopes to heal those who need it most, Intikana has formed his own lane implementing his unique style of music therapy.  He takes pride in instructing students to study their own heritage and create meaningful art.  With over 30,000 combined followers & subscribers across his social media platforms, his music and films have totaled over one million views online. ​ Intikana is currently working on publishing his first book titled “Native Eyez: Lyrics & Curriculum” which has thus far been awarded $12,500 in fellowship grant funding from Words Beats & Life, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and The Verses Project (in memory of Jason “Vice Verses” Williams).


(Photo credit: Jamal Felix Spann)

 

AWARDS / HONORS

  • Words Beats & Life Towards 2040: Creative Leaders Fellowship (2022)

  • Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute's ICA Think Tank Fellowship (2022)

  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards [Poetry Judge] (2018-2022)

  • Verses Project: Artist Grant Award Winner (2021)

  • Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute's Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship (2021)

  • End Of The Weak: New York City MC Challenge Champion (2019)

  • Bronx Youth Leadership Award (2015)

  • Fred Ho Community Award (2014)

  • United Under One Star Humanitarian Award (2014)

  • Taíno Areito Award for "Filmmaker of the Year" (2013)

  • La Casita Maria Center of Arts & Education Artist Grant (2013)

  • MNN (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) Youth Channel Award in Documentary Filmmaking (2011)

  • Harlem Stage Fund For New Work (2010)

  • BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award: Performing Arts (2010)

  • 11th Annual 7 Deadly Sins Poetry Slam Champion at RPI (2008)

  • SUNY Research & Creative Activity Grant Award (2008)

  • Colorscape Arts Festival Poetry Slam Champion (2008)

  • Northeast Collegiate Regional Poetry Champion (2007, 2008)

  • SUNY Oneonta Grand Slam Champion (2006, 2007)

  • 6 National Collegiate Poetry Slam Awards including: Best Flow, Rookie of the Year, All Around Bad Ass, Best Team Piece, among others (2005-2007)

(Photo Credit: Gianna Leo Falcon)

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