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Belladonna the Virtuous
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Belladonna the Virtuous
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Hip hop and spoken word for change.
Listen if you want to fall in love with an angry woman. Belladonna will groove you to sleep and rouse you to revolution. Many faces; many voices; one love. This emcee eats words and spits hot fire, with the help of band/family/social movement the Awakening. The Awakening is an experience - for the players and the audience. Evoking change through word, music, movement and spirit, this organic collective is soul food. Culled from diverse backgrounds, responding to eclectic influences they beat like a swollen heart against the chest. Hip hop is a living organ and it is evolving before your eyes.
Band/artist history
FESTIVALS: NXNE (Toronto) Canadian Music Week (Toronto) Under the Volcano (Vancouver) Sista'hood Celebration (Vancouver) Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Vancouver) Urbanfest (Ottawa) NAME DROPPING (done shows with..): GreenTara, K'naan, Public Enemy (Poison Tour), De La Soul, Michee Mee, Nine Mile, Mindbender EVENTS: Stages of Guluwalk CBC Lock-out Love-in In Divine Style (She Style) Play (CBC / Global Newsworld) Tru Skool Music Festival - Freestyle Battle (Arcane Music, New Jersey) One Big NO & Bushfire (Artists Against War)
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Everywhere, anywhere. Monthly at Artists' Play Cabaret in Toronto (Artists' Play Studio Theatre, 290 Carlaw Ave), in the shower when I'm inspired, in Vancouver when I'm blessed.
Your musical influences
Gil Scott Heron, MC Lyte, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Jeff Burke, Tara Chase, Outkast, Curtis Mayfield, Abyssinian Creole.
What equipment do you use?
Strictly the mouth.
Anything else?
Stop reading and listen to it already.
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