Mic Crenshaw and Global Fam Presents:, Amenta Abioto, Chase And The Dragon, Jana Crenshaw

Mic Crenshaw and Global Fam Presents:

"In total, Mic Crenshaw’s music is not only a collective of juicy jams and skillful rhymes. This guy has made his mark on culture. Now it’s time that he garners critical mass to spread his positivity to the world at large." - Billboard

Born on the Southside of Chicago, and raised both there and in Minneapolis, Michael Crenshaw is a world class MC and poet who has emerged on the national - and international stage. As a teen in the late 80's, Mic was embroiled in the violent streets of Minneapolis, leading groups to physically confront white supremacist gangs that were enforcing their will at local parks and social scenes. After beating back the neo-nazis, the violence remained, both in the streets and from authorities. Crenshaw decided it was time to escape it all and moved west to Portland, OR. Crenshaw says, "I wanted something new. [At the time] my ties with the streets were still pretty strong, and my social life involved drinking and fighting. I was ready for a change."

In Portland, he quickly became one of the most respected artists in the Northwest. Beginning in '94, Crenshaw was the front man for the beloved Portland live Hip Hop band, Hungry Mob. In 2001, Crenshaw won The Portland Poetry Slam Championship and went on to finish as a national finalist.

The Portland Mercury writes, 'Mic Crenshaw is a pretty mythic character... (with the Lifesavas) two of the very best hip-hop acts in PDX”.
In 2009, Mic released his debut solo CD, "Thinking Out Loud", which spent 10 weeks in the top 10 on College Music Journal's (CMJ) National Radio Hip Hop Charts, peaking at number 4. Crenshaw’s 2nd solo release, ‘Under The Sun,’ was released in the winter of 2010. Single ‘Yeah’ peaked at #2 on CMJ’s Hip Hop Charts.

In Portland, Mic's community efforts expanded from the local - to the global. At the close of a Human Rights conference he attended in Rwanda, Crenshaw was confronted by local activists. They said that in America there are computers and they need his help to get them computers. As a result, upon returning to Portland, he enlisted help from an educational colleague, Morgan Delaney. As a result, Globalfam was born.

Globalfam is now a full entertainment company, record label and lifestyle company in one. It houses and produces Crenshaw's music. As well as, partners with the non-profit Education WithOut Borders (EWOB) to manage the community projects that Crensahw and Globalfam are involved in. Crenshaw now serves as EWOB's President.
Seven years later, the request for computers has blossomed into a full computer education center in Burundi, Central Africa. Over 800 people have received training, and the center is now expanding, generating revenue and creating jobs by adding a computer repair shop. It is 100% locally managed and staffed. EWOB and Globalfam, along with its supporters, have been the sole outside sponsor

EWOB helps education, music and art initiatives in Portland and their work in Africa, as well serving as an umbrella for the Portland Books For Prisoners Chapter. Crenshaw is currently the Political Director of Hip Hop Congress and the Lead U.S. Organizer for the Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan. The Caravan toured six African cities in 2012 and will tour 10 cities between Cape Town and Cairo in 2014. The Caravan engages each city with a show in the city center, a Hip Hop Symposium and a free show for the youth in a township or ghetto. Crenshaw was invited to be part of the Caravan after playing the Shoko International Festival in Harare Zimbabwe in 2012.
Since 2012, Mic has released 3 EP’s expanding his musical presentation into metal and other rock inspired sound. The EP " Superheros"(2014), which features Dead Prez on its title track solidified Mic's place in Hip Hop worldwide and as an activist/educator. Bionic Metal” (2014) features signature wordplay in line with motivating sonic backdrops . Hope and Danger (2016) heightens the introspection and critical analysis of race, class and culture in modern society. Mic recently released a new project entitled "EarthBound", which explores out modern social condition through the lens of ecological responsibility, economoc violence and the sociopathic tendencies of our political landscape.


PRESS:

"One of the tightest rappers around... Crenshaw is the truth - spread the word." - Davey D, Hip Hop Journalist/Historian -

"There is no doubt that Mic can contend with the likes of Chuck D, Immortal Tech, and M-1." - WLUW, Chicago -

"Crenshaw is everything a truly 'conscious' rapper should be." - Seattle Weekly -

"Mic Crenshaw is a pretty mythic character and this month releases a pretty mythic album." - Portland Mercury -

"From the spoken word to the thought provoking songs, this album encompasses hip hop at it's best!" - KSMT, Colorado -

"Portland rapper Mic Crenshaw comes hard and shows us what a dope rapper is really supposed to be about. This brother is definitely a front-line soldier who is fearless on the mic as well as him continuously pushing for social justice." - Davey D Hip Hop Journalist/Historian -

"[Crenshaw's] lyrics and backgrounds will satisfy anyone familiar with artists like Nas, Jay-Z, Mase, and Talib Kweli. Now, his music actually sends out messages that every listener should listen to." - WVCW, Virginia

Songwriter, songstress, and actor, Amenta Abioto is on the cutting edge of all that is musical, theatrical, and literary. Her music is boldly mystical and soul-fired, and her raw live performances invoke elements of both theatrical surprise and magic through ancient African diasporic sounds and stories. Weaved into syncopated rhythms and dichotomies of comedic proportions, Amenta surprises and tantalizes audiences with mind bending ideas. She brings to the music scene funky academia while skipping vocally from soul shaking gospel to smooth jazz and then onto hip hop rhythms wrapped in West African beats.

Graduating from Idllywild Art’s Academy in 2010, she trained in musical theatre. Since graduating she has courted the music scene and produced one self-titled EP, Amenta Abioto , and one album, Opening Flower Hymns. Boldly striking in appearance, Amenta brings beauty, charm, and creativity to any stage as an ode to funk. She grabs the audience and they become her musical composition. Amenta Abioto was born and raised in Memphis, TN.

Chase And The Dragon

Chase And The Dragon are a live performance project that fans of any type of music will love. Consisting of DJ Zone on turntables and Chase Pingree on drums, the dynamic duo create a sound that gets everyone on the dance floor. Taking mainstream and underground music alike, Zone mixes all your favorite music together in true A.D.D. form that goes from Country to Gangster Rap, Jazz to reggae, and everything in between.

DJ Zone started DJ'ing when he was 16, forming the NightCrawlers with MCGraves and Daps a few years later. He also djs for Eddie Valiant, and has been touring nationally for quite some time now with Sleep of Oldominion, Josh Martinez, The Chicharones, and Grayskul. Sharing the stage with such notable acts as Afroman, The Pharcyde, Aesop Rock, P.O.S., Del The Funky Homosapien, and Sage Francis, among many others.

Chase Pingree got his first drum set at the age of 2, has been playing in punk-rock bands since the eighth grade and is now touring nationally with The Chicharones as well. When he was only 13 he played drums for The Misfits during a live show, and also rocked with the lead singer of The Nerve Agents and Said Radio for some time. He now can be seen drumming for Sleep of Oldominion, Josh Martinez, Eddie Valiant, Abadawn & The Kill Party, and The Cooked & The Raw when he's not shredding the dance floor with Chase And The Dragon.

This killer combination of drums and turntables makes for a one of a kind live show that will surely be hitting a city near you soon.

Jana Crenshaw

Jana Crenshaw (aka Jana Losey) is a singer-songwriter and composer originally from Lawrenceville, PA (pop. 600). Though her beginnings are small-town, Crenshaw has toured the US and Canada extensively, first with wacky, avante-garde musical troupe Squonk Opera, and most recently with her solo material, under her maiden name, Jana Losey.
While performing with Squonk, Jana acquired the vocal skills, stamina, and stage presence that landed the group on Broadway with ‘BigSmorgasbordWunderWerk’, and Jana in the lead role. As the internal workings of Squonk slowly spun themselves into something like a VH-1 ‘Behind the Music’ episode, Jana left the group to pursue another career in 2001.

In 2005, she met producer/guitar/bassist Melanie Peters, and together they produced 3 albums (Bittersweet, Blocks, Bare Bones), a video for the song ‘5 Days’ that spent 10 weeks at #1 on MTV’s LOGO channel, and a TV show (‘The Song You Heard’) that aired regionally through PA and NY.

Jana moved to Portland, OR in 2008, and after a hiatus from music, slowly rekindled her love of theater, composing music and soundscapes for shows at Portland Center Stage (futura, Small Fire, Chinglish, Other Desert Cities), Portland Playhouse (Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin/Hand2Mouth), Liminal (Our Town), and performing in a devised piece called “Please Validate Your Identity” as part of Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival.

Jana is currently starting work on a new solo album, composing music for devised theater piece 'Note to Self', working on a collaboration with Hip Hop artist Mic Crenshaw, writing a solo theater piece, teaching piano and music appreciation, and hopes to be composing and performing more and more in 2016!

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