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Chaka Mkali

muralist, graffiti artist, noted hip-hop performer
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Chaka Mkali (AKA I Self Devine) is a well-known muralist and graffiti artist, as well as a noted hip-hop performer. M'kali's murals tell stories that speak to the community, begin public discourse and inspire hope. He is arts programming coordinator at Hope Community in Minneapolis where he creates programs for youth ages 14 and up, writing curriculum, recruiting students and teaching classes. M'kali gives his young students the tools to communicate because he believes that the inability to express oneself can result in self-destructive behavior. His own experiences as a troubled young man in Compton, Watts, South Central Los Angeles and Minneapolis lend authenticity to his work and his instruction of young people. M'kali credits his mother, a painter, for instilling in him an innate interest in the arts and the multicultural, multidisciplinary arts center Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis for shaping his awareness of the infrastructure of arts. He was selected as an emerging artist for the Intermedia Arts Extensions program, where he was mentored by jazz dancer and singer Llaugher. Llaugher developed productions where she danced; musician Carrie Thomas played and M'kali painted live in the background. Intermedia later hired M'kali to paint its building's exterior, presented his graffiti art in two gallery shows and employed him to teach the art of graffiti, exploring the connection of hip-hop to other popular cultures. He has attended Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Atlanta College of Art.


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