Intikana [pronounced in-tee-kah-nah] is an international award-winning artist, educator, and filmmaker. He is an End Of The Weak USA National MC Challenge Champion and has toured over 100 cities throughout 12 countries across 4 continents. He has appeared on VH1, BET, Shade 45's Sway In The Morning and has been quoted in The Daily News, Time Out NY, The Village Voice, to name a few. As an arts educational specialist, Intikana has over 15 years of experience teaching at universities and public schools (K-12). In 2020, he was hand selected by APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) to represent NYC in Google's "Gathering With The Arts" performance series. He has partnered with organizations such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Urban Word NYC, and DreamYard, mentoring at-risk youth in New York City & beyond. Intikana has also served as both regional and national juror for Scholastic's Art And Writing Awards providing annual youth scholarships.
As a professional recording artist, Intikana has collaborated with legends such as 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), and Vordul Mega (Cannibal Ox). He has shared the stage with artists such as Immortal Technique, Styles P, Jay Electronica, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, The Last Poets, Saul Williams, among others. With over 25,000 combined followers & subscribers across his social media platforms, his music and films have totaled over .5 million views online. His EP "Native Eyez" was nominated for three Native American Music Awards ("Best Music Video", "Best Rap Recording" & "Best Historical / Linguistic Recording").
Intikana has been invited to perform and speak 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. Choosing to learn the business side of music, Intikana graduated from The State University of New York College 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 new album "Sovereignty" following up his highly anticipated solo album "Alkaline Venom" both of which are available now on all digital platforms.
(Photo credit: Jamal Felix Spann)
AWARDS / HONORS
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)