Mahlikah Awe:ri, Drumtalk Poetic Rapologist, Artivist

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Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml'ga't-Saqama'sgw Walking Woman, is a 9th generation Afro-Native Canadian of Haudenosaunee Kanien’kéha, Mi’kmaw First Nations and African heritage from Nova Scotia, is a drumtalk-poetic-rapologist, musician, hip hop MC, arts educator, radio show host, artivist and curator based in Toronto, Canada.


Mahlikah can trace her lineage in Canada to Rose Fortune and the 1700's in Annapolis, Royal, Nova Scotia. Her Grand Auntie was the late Daurene Lewis who was the first Black Woman Mayor in Canada in the 1980's. Her Grandfather William Oscar Wesley is a 92 year old WWII War Veteran, who resides in Kelowna BC.

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Mahlikah is a founding member of Red Slam Collective Indigenous Hip Hop Movement, 2013 nominees of the inaugural TD Diversity Arts Award.

Red Slam is a collective of medicine wheel artists who deliver 4 Direction Urban Arts Workshops across Turtle Island and create artivist music. A variety of themes are expressed in the pieces, but the underlying goal is to: uplift, self-identify and promote unity through Spoken, Lyricism which Arranges Meaning (SLAM).

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In 2011, Malikah Awe:ri released the spoken word "EP Serpent’s Skin", currently published in four literary anthologies, and was nominated for the KM Hunter OAC Literary Arts Award in 2013. Mahlikah's poetic performances have been witnessed coast to coast.

During the 2014-2015 academic year Mahlikah will be delivering The Web Of Life Arts Education Project in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council. She will be one of four Poetry Slam Coaches for the Toronto Public Libraries Poetry Saved Our Lives 2015 Pan-AM Poetry Slam City Wide Competition for youth ages 13-19 years, and is a lead artist for the Expressing Native Culture Through the Arts in partnership with the TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre, Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Mahlikah is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development in Regent Park.

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I Love Ancestry is truly honored to feature Mahlikah Awe:ri, an inspiring human being who has been utilizing her words and music to support the ever growing global movement IDLENOMORE both in Toronto and in Ottawa.

Note: *We refer to people of African and Native American Indian heritage as Afro Native sometimes on this website. Many refer to people of both ancestry as Black Indians, African Native Americans, Black Native Americans or Black American Indians. 

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