Fall 2013 Inside the Ethnic Studies Stuido

November 7, 2013

Kwalified Emcee


Thursday, November 7, 2013

12:00pm - 1:15pm

UH Mānoa, Architecture Building 101A


This presentation will feature Kwalified Emcee, who has been entertaining local fans as a solo hip hop artist, a member of several hip hop groups, and the front man of a live hip hop group. Kwalified (né Kevin Richie, Jr.) was born in San Diego, California, and comes from a musical family - his father went to college on a band scholarship and his mother played piano and sang in a concert choir. Kevin first began experimenting with rap freestyling at age 7. Soon afterwards, because his father was in the Navy, Kevin and his family relocated to Hawai‘i, where he continued his love for music. At age 15, Kevin began performing with the local hip hop group, Big Break. After five years with Big Break, Kevin linked up with high school friend, Jon Sucaldito (JonCozy), and new friend Christian Viernes (RockZa) and The Ill Hill Society was born. Since then Kwalified has performed with The Ill Hill Society as well as the Workhouse collective, served as the front man of live hip hop band, R-U-N, and has released two solo projects with another on the way. One of these solo projects, “We Makin Music Doe” was recently nominated for Hip Hop Album of the Year at Hawai‘i’s Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Kwalified is known for his high-energy performances and always gives everything on stage. He has opened for international hip hop artists like Pigeon John, Murs, Dumbfoundead, Ahmad, Aceyalone and Nas, just to name a few.


This event is free and open to the public.


Co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA).


For more information call Roderick Labrador at (808) 956-6915.



September 24, 2013

Seph One and Malaya LP


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

12:00pm - 1:15pm

UH Mānoa, Architecture 101A


This presentation will feature Seph1 and Malaya LP, two contributors in the upcoming book, Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America. Malaya LP, aka Paisley, has been woven into the Honolulu music scene since 1997. She released her first project called Memoirs of the Tempo in 2007 with Tempo Valley. She has also been the lead vocalist for a number of experimental and jazz ensembles in Honolulu, which most recently includes Subtonic Orchestra and the acoustic trio TR3ES. She is a musical mentor for Hawai‘i youth through the Mana Maoli Music Collective and is an active supporter/advocate in the areas of gender violence awareness/prevention, homeless and immigrant communities, and issues concerning food sovereignty and cultural preservation. Her recent work also includes serving as a Bilingual Pilipina Advocate for survivors of domestic violence on the island of O‘ahu.


Seph One is the emcee/host/radio DJ for HI-Level Funkshun on KTUH 90.3 FM and has been a representative of Hip Hop in Hawai‘i for nearly two decades. He released his first project with Hip Hop collective Triangular Prizm in 2001 and has been blessed to open up for the likes of Pharcyde, Living Legends, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and De La Soul, as well as sharing the stage with the Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Supernatural for Rock the Bells in 2007. He has been featured in several albums with fellow emcees, including Hunger Pains, Mo Illa Pillaz, and the Mana Maoli Music Collective. His community work includes coordinating community engagement projects as a male advocate and role model for mobilizing men in the movement to end gender violence. He has traveled across the islands providing training and education, attending various conferences and workshops to raise awareness around domestic-violence issues.


This event is free and open to the public.


Sponsored by: Department of Ethnic Studies, Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA).


For more information call Roderick Labrador at (808) 956-6915.