By IanKamau

The song ‘Yesterdays’ was released Oct 7, 2011 on the album One Day Soon. It features sign language performance by Muna Jimale (UK based Cultural Curator) and I. Shot by Nabil Shash and assisted by Aden Abebe & Daniel Balay in Esplanade, Toronto. The piece is shot in front of a mural painted as part of The Brighten The Corners Project (coordinated by Well and Good in 2010) – artists: Patrick Thompson & Alexa Hatanaka

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One Day Soon / Because We Were Born Release Gathering (11/11/11)

By IanKamau

Sometimes we don’t know what we have when we have it.

After the release of my album, One Day Soon, I experienced one of the longest and lowest periods of depression in my life thus far. I suffered it mostly alone in my apartment during a cold, grey winter in Toronto. Most people I know where completely unaware save a few who cared, and cared to know. I am lucky to have a handful of close friends who supported me though it. The album was not doing what I wanted, a relationship I was in ended between when the album was released on Oct 7 and the album release celebration on Nov 11, I found myself arguing with friends and avoiding them as I only wanted peace, I felt drained, I was left with a great sense of isolation and loneliness.

I wanted my music to be ‘successful,’ I thought the energy that I put in would come back in a form that would help me pay my rent, for longer than two months and not drive me into debt. I felt immobilized; many days I didn’t leave my apartment, often I didn’t leave my bed.

The truth is, I don’t know what I’m doing. I am an artist, that is the only thing I ever wanted to be, the only thing I ever wanted to do, I have other interests of course, but they always lead me back to something creative, something about communication and purpose. I have failed a lot, made a lot of mistakes, but how is it possible when you know so clearly what you should be doing that it never really works?

One day I was having a conversation with my friend Sarah. After an hour of listening to me complain about what I wanted, who had done me wrong and what I expected that did not come true she quietly said “were you attached to the outcome?” I was still for a moment, “yes, yes I was, yes I am.” I have told many people about this moment since it happened, including her, simple and to the point, yes I was attached to a specific outcome and no; that did not happen. I would not say that in an interview “I wanted this album to generate money for me” but that’s what I wanted. I want to make money as an artist, so that I can be an artist full time.

Audience listens during show 11.11.11

The reality is this, I never made music for money, I didn’t put energy into music as a money generator, I made/make art because I love it. I am not naïve, money is important because I need it to live; I am not a child of wealth living off their parents, I don’t believe that who money is not important, however, it is not the driving force in my artistic ‘career.’ I now know that I want and need my art to make me money, or balance it with something that does or I will have to stop. My art making me money and not being shy about that is different however to making my art for money.

I frequently watch a documentary called “Glass.” The film is about Philip Glass a now well-known American composer. At one point in the film Glass says that he spent years financing his own orchestra by working as a cab driver and a plumber to ensure that he could play his own music. At the beginning of the movie he blurts out “there is plenty of music out there to listen to, you don’t have to listen to mine” how stubborn, how foolish, how inspirational; maybe not that bright, but it worked for him. My friend Ravi sent me an article that K’naan wrote in the New York Times that’s been circulating the internet, him and I have the opposite problem apparently, not compromising and elusive success, or finding success through compromise, some balance would be nice.

A few months ago I started editing the footage from the album release gathering that I co-presented with my friend Keisha-Monique on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11). I was in South Africa at the time and as I went through it tears welled up in my eyes, how amazing that day was. On November 11, 2011 I was tired and stressed, I was unhappy with the sound and the lights, it seemed like a million things were going wrong, the sound threw off my performance, I wanted to do something more innovative with the band, I wish I had more rehearsal time, I just wanted to do a great show, something that people hadn’t experienced in Toronto before; I didn’t have the resources. It was hard for me to enjoy it. But as I looked back and saw all the faces, all the artists, all the people in Toronto that came out to celebrate with us, I shed tears, how amazing. I emailed Keisha and Kemba (the coordinators), my band-mates and a few others who participated in creating that night and I thanked them for making such a beautiful celebration.

One Day Soon Album Artwork

I have been trying to be an artist for so long that I didn’t even realize that I had become one. My vision of success was tied to money, I still struggle with that balance,. The energy that I wanted to create I was at least in the process of creating; for a moment it was there. Despite the imperfections something happened that I am now proud of, I missed a lot of it in searching for perfection (I’m a virgo, sue me).

So much has happened since the album came out, not the least of which was being invited to Capetown, then all across South Africa, then Ethiopia, Rwanda and back to Nairobi, I didn’t spend a dollar. The energy that I have been trying to gather and put out keeps coming back in waves and sometimes in the most unexpected ways.

I still am having difficulty paying my rent, I still want to spend all of my time being an artist, I still want to do big things, and build things, and support others in building things for themselves, I still want to build a space that fosters this energy, but I realized, albeit a little late that I am successful and I appreciate those who have followed me on this journey. I will keep pushing, one way or another and maybe I’ll get there one day soon (sorry, I had to do it).

-Ian Kamau


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By IanKamau

This video was directed by RT for The NE the song ‘Black Bodies‘ is available on the album One Day Soon//

As I write this I am sitting in a cafe in Junction in Nairobi, Kenya; one of the places that made me decide to record the album One Day Soon. I came here after spending two months travelling through South Africa (Capetown, Port Elizabeth, East London, Grahamstown, Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg) and am now on the verge trying to confirm a trip/show in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

I have been away from Toronto, for almost twelve weeks in a particularly violent summer for the city. Anyone who has worked with young people in the areas affectionately branded (yes I mean branded) as ‘priority neighbourhoods’ by government and large non-profit agencies knows that this type of violence is not unprecedented, unfortunately in many parts of Toronto it is quite regular.

What is different about this violence, as in the case of Jane Creba on boxing day a few years ago, is that these shootings have been ‘random,’ they have put people in danger who don’t usually feel that they are vulnerable to this type of violence and that freaks them/us out. What incidents like this should reveal is how privileged many of us are to live in relative safety. Many people around Toronto and many people around the globe do not enjoy this type of privilege. For some reason we are more afraid of ‘random’ violence because it might take the lives of ‘innocent’ people. The idea of ‘innocence’ is however a value judgement on human life. ‘Innocent’ people are more valuable than ‘the guilty’ by societies standards. Unfortunately ‘guilt’ is often perceived. I’ll explain. When I walk into banks, corner stores and certain neighbourhoods I personally can be perceived as potentially guilty or at least worthy of fear despite my good intention, it comes along with the territory of being a black male in North America (and almost anywhere else in the world quite frankly).

Many young people in Toronto, often but not exclusively black , often but not exclusively male have lost their lives in Rexdale, Jane & Finch, Esplanade, Jungle, P.O., Regent Park, Blake Street, Malvern etc. etc. etc. for a long time and there hasn’t been this kind of outrage as the Jane Creba shooting or the Eaton Centre shooting that happened a few weeks back. All loss of life is tragic because all life is valuable. We show our entitlement when we think our safety is worth more than the many people who live with this kind of violence every day as a result of their economic standing, physical environment or social standing. If you are more upset by Jane Creba than Chantel Dunn for instance, you might be practicing this form or prejudice, as a matter of fact, if you live in Toronto and you know the name Jane Creba and not the name Chantel Dunn you might be subject to our medias prejudice. Why are we more outraged when this happens close to us? Why are we more outraged when the victim looks like us? What is the value of a human life?

It is spectacularly short-sighted to think that the answer to this type of violence is throwing money at the issue, more police, tougher jail sentences or kicking people out of the city (a suggestion from our amazingly short sighted Toronto mayor). If I continued to have faith in the non-profit sector I might say that the answer is more programs or something cliche like that, but unfortunately I don’t believe that the answer as that simple. The answer is somewhere in what our society values and what society does not value (I feel like I could write an entire book on society and value.. so I’ll just leave it at that).

A few years ago I saw a young man get shot in my neighbourhood; heard shots, looked out the back window of my apartment down to the street where I used to ride my bike as a kid and saw this young man on his knees holding his chest and stomach while his friend called the police. Three weeks later this young man passed away in the hospital due to his injuries. His name was Jermaine, he was not the first or the last to die of a gunshot wound in Esplanade, and my neighbourhood is not known as a particularly dangerous one. I did not know this young man and I could choose whether to be involved or not despite our proximity; another privilege.

A few weeks later his mother came to lay flowers and ask the press for support in helping to find his murderer, she came with his girlfriend and his new baby.

This incident was the impetus for the writing of the song Black Bodies. It was different to me to feel the closeness of this violence as opposed to thinking about it academically, and I still didn’t feel the effects personally; I personally didn’t lose anyone I had a relationship with.

Black Bodies references the line in the song “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday (later covered by Nina Simone), specifically the line “black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, strange fruit hanging from the Poplar trees.” The bridge of ‘Black Bodies’ specifically makes multiple references to the song ‘Strange Fruit.’ ‘Black Bodies’ is an attempt to re-contextualize the lynching of black people, specifically black men. At one stage people were being lynched by racists simply for being black, now, in addition to the justice system, education system, economic and social systems lynching us (statistically black people are the highest represented in prisons even where they are not the majority, highest represented in terms of drop out rates, are large populations in poverty stricken communities and are often high occupants of what some call the ‘under class) we are also highly represented as victims of violence, gun violence specifically and often from our own community. Unfortunately I now know people who “occupy both sides of the trigger” and it has changed my perspective. Some I supposed would believe that this has only to do with blacks as people, an enormous and prejudice simplification of the problem that denies so many historical, economic and social factors as to be almost laughable, if the reality completely serious (but again, I digress).

Myself and Randall Thorne (RT) started disguising a concept for the visuals for this song over a year ago; we applied for and received a VideoFACT grant (which I wasn’t expecting). The original idea was a short documentary with the mothers of victims of gun violence from different part ofToronto telling their stories form their perspective. We went and met with five families who had lost their sons to violence and listened to their stories, their frustrations, their pain and their joy. For me, despite this idea not panning out, this was the most important part of me creating this song. Unfortunately because of the sensitivity of the subject matter we ended up not being able proceed with the original idea for the video as we had envisioned it and decided to go a more traditional route due to logistics and an over-extended production schedule.

I would however like to thank all the mothers and families that we met with for sharing their stories, opening their doors and more than anything educating us about a side of these stories that I still don’t feel like has been properly explored. Thank you so much for your time, resilience, strength and vulnerability.

Below are the lyrics to the song (I thought for this one it was important). Thanks again to all the families that we spoke to and thank you to RT and Rinku for being so patient and working so hard on this project.

This video is dedicated to all those people who have lost their lives too soon.

Black Bodies (Lyrics)

(Verse 1) In the shadow of the gun the unsung live away from the sun / the river of peace it’s often the shallowest one / though once some hung to silence our voices / violence and riots for denying our choices / now the choice it’s for black boys to fall like rain / bullets make a body fold like paper cranes / our lives at a time both sacred and profane / and black folk selling black folk crack cocaine / and the business is good / customers come to visit if you live in the hood / so now we love the ghetto we believe it’s our home / the streets are our kingdom the corner our throne / we’re like flies in the fibers or spiders webs / trapped / taking orders like Simon says / we no longer court the truth but seek a bullet instead / ‘cause the world barely cares if we’re alive or dead

(Chorus) Black bodies on the concrete / falling down / calling out / save our souls / black bodies on the concrete / falling down / calling out / save us / black bodies on the concrete just like mine / we believe it’s fine / to pay no mind / black bodies on the concrete / here and there / everywhere / who really cares?

(Verse 2) Like stakes in the heart bullets like bats tend to fly after dark / so we make sure the children are home from the park / a shame, everyday another name to discuss / flood the streets with their guns and they blame it on us / always at the back of the bus as they say / Jane made the front page after boxing day / these guns you can get them off the streets of the shelves / so the youth make the purchase to protect themselves / parents unaware of what the new reality is / tragically a catastrophe where families live / and many black boys becoming men on their own / you won the lottery if you got a father at home / so we find the wrong influence looking for a father figure / don’t see the irony in why we call each other “nigger” / it kills the concept of a brother or a sister / no surprise we occupy both sides of the trigger / standing in wonder / under the cover of the sun / listen the distant thunder of the summer of the gun / put the truth right in front of our eyes we don’t see it / that’s why these young brothers say “peace” but don’t mean it / fighting wars unaware of what we’re dying for / foolish, the streets they ain’t mine of yours / so we cry and say goodbye to the lives we know / ‘cause as fast as they come they go


(Bridge) Our mothers weep / for their fallen youth / in this urban war / we are the hardened troops / still on the front line / yes the strangest fruit / falling like autumn leafs / cut off from the root / no longer southern trees these days it’s city streets / what a brutal fait we force ourselves to meet / by our own hands / so those that know won’t speak / what a cost we pay for thinking life is cheap / our spirits weak / we pray our souls to keep / bullets sing lullabies for an endless sleep

(Verse 3) Like playing with flame / kids are killers now their making a name / only some but our community it’s taking the blame / though the killer knows the blame is essentially his / most folks are unaware of who the enemy is / it’s distorted, whenever a life is aborted before its time / and our kind sure can’t afford it / still it seems that the dream of the streets won’t cease / but we know that blessed are those that make peace / guns make a mockery of the life we treasure / leaving flesh twisted like treble clefs in a measure / calling out loud screaming “love” we can’t say it enough now / we’re smearing our blood on the pavement / giving the same pain / making the same claims / living the same shame / killing to maintain / because we don’t trust we doubt first / a life without worth it’s prone to outbursts / so we’re still dying / only the killer has changed / Africans once in the waves the worth of a slave / now the dope on the street is the rope on the tree / and these guns are the box kicked from under our feet / the hate is not replaced it’s the fists in the fight / respect for life it’s rotting before it’s ripe / we didn’t chose these ghettos, favelas and slums / but it seems they made these Goddamn guns… for black bodies


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By IanKamau

One Day Soon Artwork (Process) from Ian Kamau on Vimeo.

This video was shot by Dre Ngozi in the summer of 2011 to document the early stages of the creation of artwork for the album One Day Soon. Jabari ‘Elicser’ Elliot and I collaborated on the artwork for the album, incorporating some of the main elements, ideas and themes in the songs. Jabari created all of the illustrations, while I did all the design and layout work.

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Making the ‘One Day Soon’ Tee

By IanKamau

Order ‘One Day Soon’ shirts by sending and email to with your size, style (male crew-neck or female v-neck) and colour (black on black or red on white) $25 plus $5 shipping. CLICK HERE to order the album (digital or physical copies).

THE STORY: I had a few shirts made up for myself in the fall, one of them simply said “One Day Soon” the title of my most recent album. I did a show for Canadian Music Week that was curated my Shad and decided to wear it that evening. After the show two people, a guy and a girl, came up to me and asked if I had shirts to sell. I told them that I had just got it made up for myself and we spoke about the idea of ‘One Day Soon’ being about hope and asked them if I made some would they purchase them; they said yes. I decided to put the question out to a few more people, “if I made these shirts.. would you want one?” and within 48hrs had about 50 orders. I called my friend Javid; an artist and architecture student who started a social screen-printing and mural business called Under The Radar out of the youth space (The Loft) at Christie-Ossington Neighbourhood Centre in downtown Toronto, and asked if he could screen print the shirts for me. This is the video of his process (which I’ve never seen before).

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Studiofeed_ Short Documentary

By IanKamau

Spoken Honestly: Ian Kamau from StudioFeed on Vimeo.

A few months ago I was asked by an independent music blog called Studiofeed to do a short doc piece. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while so of course I accepted, it was an opportunity to speak about my art in some more depth in video form (which is surprisingly rare), I wish I had more of the footage, did a half an hour interview, we spoke about One Day Soon, my parents and so much more I can’t remember, a very thorough interview. This is the piece that they put together for me (don’t tell my grandmother that I swore.. lol). Support Independent music; thanks you Studiofeed.

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A LONG WALK (3 OF 3)_ The Village

By IanKamau

This is the final instalment of the short video, spoken word series of mine directed by Marcos Fantu in different parts of downtown Toronto (click to see Part 1 and Part 2). It is an acapella version of the song ‘The Village’ that appears on the album ‘One Day Soon.’ Order One Day Soon on Bandcamp (download & physical CDs) or on iTunes.

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A Long Walk (2 of 3)_ Prayers

By IanKamau

Ian Kamau (A Long Walk 2 of 3)_ Prayers from Ian Kamau on Vimeo.

This is the second instalment of the short video, spoken word series of mine directed by Marcos Fantu in different parts of downtown Toronto (click HERE to see Part 1). It is an acapella version of the song ‘Prayers’ originally featuring Kyauna Clarke that I never released.

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A Long Walk (1 of 3)_ The Fleeting Moment

By IanKamau

Ian Kamau (A Long Walk 1 of 3)_ The Fleeting Moment from Ian Kamau on Vimeo.

After finishing the shoot for ‘The Village’ myself and the director Marcos Fantu spent the day (including a very early morning) shooting three little videos short walks in different parts of downtown Toronto. This is the first one; an acapella version of the song ‘The Fleeting Moment’ featuring my friend Tuku that appeared on the Cocoons EP that I released (unceremoniously) before the release of the One Day Soon album. Cocoons is basically the earlier songs in the recording process for One Day Soon; the songs that didn’t make it on the record.

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The Village (Full Video)_ (One Day Soon)

By IanKamau

Ian Kamau_ The Village (One Day Soon) from Ian Kamau on Vimeo.

This video for The Village is the first full video of of the album One Day Soon. The video was directed and edited by Marcos Fantu, who lives just down the street from me in Esplanade. Both the song and the album are now not only available on Bandcamp as a digital download (pay what you can) and physical CD but now the digital download of One Day Soon is also on iTunes, Amazon and a few other online music formats.

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The Village Trailer_ Dir: Marcos Fantu

By IanKamau

The Village Trailer (One Day Soon) from Ian Kamau on Vimeo.

This is the trailer for The Village Video shot by Marcos Fantu. The song is the first full video off of the album ‘One Day Soon.’

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The Village_ Still Life

By IanKamau

This is a small clip that was created at the first Gathering that myself and a small army of volunteers created on Sept 9, 2011. Those that came were asked to paint a house and put their name or some statement inside of it and as each person contributed their house it slowly became a village.

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11/11/11 (event promo video)

By IanKamau

11/11/11 Ian Kamau / Keisha Monique (event promo) from Ian Kamau on Vimeo.

This little video was directed and edited by myself and shot by Andrea Roberts. I am officially releasing ‘One Day Soon‘ on 11/11/11 (November 11, 2011) with my friend Keisha Monique who is pre-releasing her first book entitled ‘Because We Were Born.’ The event will be on NOV 11 (Friday) at 8pm at 918 Bathurst.

You can order One Day Soon HERE | Order Because We Were Born HERE

follow us here @iankamau @keisha_monique | the hash tags for the event are #onedaysoon #becausewewereborn

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Pandora’s Box_ One Day Soon CD (Promo)

By IanKamau

Pandora’s Box (One Day Soon CD promo) from Ian Kamau on Vimeo.

A little while ago I saw collective called Ortega Cartel shoot a little video with Sixteen Pads Films that featured an artist opening up a box of CDs. I took note, good little idea. This video shot by Andrea Roberts is a quick take on the same concept. One Day Soon CDs are now available at as well as select stores in November (TBA) and of course at performances such as the 11.11.11 (Nov/11/2011) event w/ Keisha Monique (whose hands make an appearance in this video) at 918 Bathurst (Toronto). (For those who have ordered them already.. they will be shipped on Monday.. sorry for the delay).

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The Girl (3 of 3)_ City & Colour Cover

By IanKamau

This is the third and final version of ‘The Girl’ originally written and performed by Dallas Green (City & Colour). This version of ‘The Girl’ was shot by myself and edited by Andrea Roberts and myself unlike version one and version two that were both shot by Nabil Shash.

The release of this video signals the end of promo for Love & Other Struggles and although I’m a little sad to see it go I’m excited to embark on the second half of the creative experience for One Day Soon. I am especially sad to see this series of videos for ‘The Girl’ completed as I think I had the most fun conceptualizing and seeing the results of this series, I’m proud of these. You can still download Love & Other Struggles as well as order either digital or physical versions of the album One Day Soon.

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The Girl (2 of 3)_ City & Colour Cover

By IanKamau

This is the second of three visual interpretations of the City & Colour song ‘The Girl’ that I covered on the mixtape Love & Other Struggles. This video as well as the first one (click link for some more context) is directed by Nabil Shash. Special thanks to Ayo Leilani and Sun from the 88 Days of Fortune collective for sharing their space and some personal moments with us for this shoot, much love and appreciation to you. Although we didn’t know each other well back then Leilani (who I then knew as Etmet) and I went to high school (Oakwood Collegiate) together years ago. I have seen her path, from student at Oakwood, to a young mother, to the founding and organizing force behind 88 Days and I have utmost respect and admiration for her, her drive and the path she has been on. I made Love & Other Struggles to explore the struggles related to the love we experience in life, so I appreciate the complexity of the love these two share as it relates to the world around them. Nothing but love for you and Francesca (Sun). Thank you goes out as well to Dallas Green (City & Colour) for being so supportive of a re-interpretation of his song (I appreciate it man).

Download Love & Other Struggles for free.. and Pre-order One Day Soon (album due for release Oct 7, 2011)

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The Girl (1 of 3)_ City & Colour Cover

By IanKamau

A few months ago I had an idea to shoot three videos that showed three different perspectives and visual interpretations of the City & Colour song ‘The Girl’ that I covered on the mixtape Love & Other Struggles. The video is directed by Nabil Shash. The first time I heard this song it was sung by my friend Julian Caspari, a director at Schools Without Borders. He sang it for his then girlfriend, now fiance, Courtney at a retreat we went on in West Virginia (ya.. I’ve been to West Virginia). I appreciated the words to the song and it’s sentiment, found the song and played it consistently for weeks. When I was finishing the recording of Love & Other Struggles I realized that ‘The Girl’ was committed to memory and recorded it one day acapella. I later decided to put it on the mixtape. This video and the two that come after it will be the last visuals that I release from the mixtape before heading into album material (digital release date: Oct 7). Special thanks to Rakhi Mutta and her parents (Baldev {the ED of Punjabi Community Health Services} and Harjeet) for supporting the vision by letting mr. Nabil Shash (the director) into their home and Dallas Green for writing a beautiful song.

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By IanKamau

One of my best friends, Danilo McCallum and I decided to shoot this footage on a whim as were were walking onto the grounds of Afrofest 2011 in Toronto. He had his camera and I had and idea that I didn’t think was going to happen. I’ve been going to Afrofest since I was maybe sixteen years old, as long as I am in Toronto that weekend I spend walking around Queens Park, greeting people, listening to music, eating the food, laughing, joking and catching up with people. Afrofest is an important Toronto tradition. Danilo shot the footage and I later looked at it and cut it together with some unreleased music (not on the album or any of the mixtapes). Wasn’t sure how it was going to work but the footage and the visuals ended up working well and now I have something else to show you.

Cocoons features so many people from Toronto it’s hard to keep track. Brendan Philip, Abeer Mohammed, Nayani Thiyagaraja, Dre Ngozi, Keisha, Javid, Najma, Taiwo Bah, Kemba Bryam, Victoria GK (I can’t find the spelling Vicki), Shi Wisdom, Chin, The Voyce, Costancia Lule, Kenyatta, Darp Malone, Levi Athens, Matthew, Giggs, Ania Soul, Aisha Green, Dahveed Delisca, Son of Soul, Felicia Mings and so many more it’s crazy. Thought I would give ya’ll a shout out.

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All I Need (Love Birds Video)_ (Radiohead Reprise)

By IanKamau

My friend Dre Ngozika Roberts made this video for me. She captures a love story on the roof of her apartment in the Junction. She tells me that birds are some of the only monogamous animals, I looked into it, 90% of bird species are monogamous. You learn something new everyday. I love this video, it is beautifully shot and captures something that I never would have thought of myself, a true and inspiring downtown Toronto love story thank you Ngozi. Enjoy.

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Choose You_ (2010 Outkast/UGK Dub)

By IanKamau

Choose You is my second collaboration with Nabil Shash (although the third to be released after Misunderstood), the song was featured on the Love & Other Struggles Mixtape released February 15, 2010. This video features the our friend Sara (Sars) Asfaha who graciously agreed to be a part of the shoot and the apartment I grew up in in Esplanade in downtown Toronto. Enjoy.

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Misunderstood_ (2010 Lil Wayne/Nina Simone DUB)

By IanKamau

I shot this simple video for Misunderstood over a year with Nabil Shash in Esplanade. I came up with the basic concept and we rented a camera using his fathers credit card (thank you Nabil’s Dad) and shot two videos in a weekend. It is not the first of our collaborations as Nabil shot Love It Here as well and it certainly is not the last. I wish I had waited a few weeks for that pimple to be gone but I guess that’s life (lol.. vanity). The song is from Vol. 3 Love & Other Struggles released February 15, 2010. Download the entire mixtape and the rest of the song HERE.

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By IanKamau

My boy Narcy asked me to come out on stage during his feature performance at Speak Out Poetry.

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By IanKamau

This video was release February 2010, the first song off of the Vol. 3 Love and Other Struggles Mixtape. Shot, directed and edited by Nabil Shash. For Toronto. Download Mixtape for FREE

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By IanKamau

Performance at Manifesto Festival in 2008.

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