Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, Vancouver Island Lower, Vancouver Island Mid, Vancouver Island North, Interior, North, Remote, Kootenays, Virtual
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE
Ndidi Cascade is a Vancouver-born-and-based hip-hop artist who is of Nigerian/Italian/Irish heritage. A talented songwriter, vocalist, educator, curator and program facilitator, Ndidi has showcased her music across North America and internationally, opening for mega-talents such as WuTang Clan, Femi Kuti, K'naan and De La Soul. Ndidi Cascade facilitates youth empowerment workshops that use hip-hop, spoken word and dance as a medium for healthy self-expression. As a hip hop/world music educator and touring artist, Ndidi showcases interactive hip-hop shows in elementary and high schools across B.C.
NEW ARTIST for 2022-23 School Year
School Year: 23-24
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 60 mins
Tech Requirements: Table, projector (HDMI) & screen
Available Formats: In Person, Virtual
Ndidi Cascade's show Originz explores the world of hip hop and it's roots in African music and culture. Being a female rap artist of mixed heritage--Nigerian, Italian, Irish, Canadian--Ndidi shares her unique personal journey. Each performance features an interdisciplinary artist of African heritage, as Ndidi demonstrates how rap lyrics connect to African Griot story telling, how hip hop beats connect to African drum patterns, how breakdancing/hiphop dance connects to African dance and how street wisdom connects to the sharing of African proverbs. The show is interactive, as youth are given an opportunity to participate in live rapping, singing, rhythm-making, dance and story-telling. By bridging hip hop with it's roots in Africa, Originz intends to encourage global harmony, while demonstrating how hip hop and African arts can be used as catalysts for healthy self-expression and community empowerment.
The “Originz” performances were informative and interactive. Students and staff had a wonderful time, while reflecting on some important concepts. You could feel the energy in the room and after, I had a record number of staff approach me to tell me what a great experience it was. One teacher said it was the best assembly she had ever been to! Ndidi engaged our diverse group of learners. There were clear ties to the curriculum and First Nations principles. We can’t wait to have her back! Niki Parassidis--Teacher; Gray Elementary (Delta)
Ndidi Cascade and Powy HJ's "Originz" presentation blew our school away with their ability to connect to students on their level, their incorporation of important concepts and history every student should know, and their modelling of how to put yourself out there with confidence and humility. Our "inner city" middle school students were absolutely captivated, and being able to see successful, kind, and motivated adults that created some of their favourite genre of music was inspiring to many. Samantha Dowdell---Teacher; Fraser River Middle School (New Westminter)