Bronx, NY, USA

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ARTIST BIO

Intikana [pronounced in-tee-kah-nah] is an international award winning emcee, poet, musician, educator, filmmaker, and executive producer from The Bronx.  He has traveled the world touring his music, films, and workshops.  Independently, Intikana has toured over 100 cities throughout 12 countries across 4 continents. He was selected to be a featured artist on VH1 and has appeared on Shade 45's Sway In The Morning.  His captivating performances have been quoted in The Daily news, Time Out NY, The Village Voice, to name a few.  Intikana has recorded with artists such as Dead Prez, Akae Beka, Murda Mook, Keith Murray, Chris Rivers, and Vordul Mega (Cannibal Ox). He has shared the stage with legends such as The Last Poets, Styles P, Immortal Technique, Jay Electronica, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Saul Williams, among others.  

Intikana is an End Of The Weak USA National MC Challenge Champion and his EP "Native Eyez" was nominated for three Native American Music Awards ("Best Music Video", "Best Rap Recording" & "Best Historical / Linguistic Recording").  With over 25,000 combined followers & subscribers across his social media platforms, his music and films have totaled over .5 million views online. His collaboration "We R Da World" with Dinco D from Leaders of The New School was ranked #8 on Chuck D's Top 10 Songs Of The Week for RapStation and #2 on his list of "Songs That Mean Something."

The Bronx Council On The Arts granted Intikana its BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) award for excellence in Performing Arts.  He has been invited to perform and speak at hundreds of established venues, universities, colleges, high schools, elementary / middle schools, community centers, and prison facilities.  As an arts educational specialist, Intikana has over 13 years of experience teaching in the classroom.  He has partnered and worked with organizations such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Scholastic, Urban Word NYC, and DreamYard.  Serving at-risk youth in group homes and public schools throughout New York City & beyond. 

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.  He has already published four anthologies of youth poetry from his classes in Bronx shelters and recorded four studio albums with Bronx youth in juvenile justice settings.  Choosing to learn the business side of music, Intikana graduated from The State University of New York at Oneonta with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Double Majors: Music Industry and Psychology with a minor in Audio Arts Engineering.  Intikana writes his own lyrics and has engineered several of his own projects including The Movement Mixtape, Corpus Callosum, Penumbra, and others.  Most recently, Intikana released his highly anticipated solo album "Alkaline Venom" available now on all digital platforms.

(Photo credit: Tenth Wonderz)

 

AWARDS / HONORS

  • End Of The Weak MC Challenge Champion (3/3/2019)

  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards [Poetry Judge] (2019)

  • 13th Annual WNYC Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Performing Artist at Apollo Theater (2019)

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

  • Changing Perceptions Theater Malcolm X & Lorraine Hansberry Celebration - Performing Artist at Schomburg Center (2018)

  • Culture Restoration Project's "Beyond Those Bars" Youth Teaching Artist - Wilmington, Delaware (2017)

  • Bronx Youth Leadership Award (2015)

  • Fred Ho Community Award (2014)

  • United Under One Star Humanitarian Award (2014)

  • Taino 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)