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MOBI presents: ‘MOBImic’ Monthly Queer Artist Showcase, Meet The Artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MOBImic Monthly Queer Artist Showcase

Tuesday, October 22nd @7:30pm
The Delancey – 168 Delancey St. New York, NY
DJ: Kheezus (@kheezus)
Tanduay Open Bar: 8pm – 9pm
Performances: 9 – 10:30pm
Party: 10:30pm – midnight
Following MOBI’s other initiatives to celebrate and empower queer communities of color including MOBIfest and MOBItalks, MOBImic  – a new monthly queer artist showcase and networking party – is providing a platform for queer artists to share their talent with an audience, and members of the music community that can potentially further their careers. MOBImic is also an opportunity for all artists to potentially be scouted for MOBIfest and other MOBI events to extend their reach. The showcase will take place the last Tuesday of every month at The Delancey (except for Tuesday, October 22nd and Monday, December 23rd.)
MOBI recently produced the first official artist showcase for 16-year-old gay rapper and Island Records signee Kidd Kenn in September. Images from that event can be seen HERE (Photo Credit: MOBI).
Want to know how you can be a part of MOBIinc?
Queer artists that are interested in performing during upcoming MOBImic can submit themselves at “mobi-nyc.com/mic
 
TICKETS: Entry is $10 and includes 1-hour Tanduay rum open bar from 8pm – 9pm. Tickets can be purchased at mobi-nyc.com/mic in advance or at the door. 

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:

Rayshawn Ware (@rayshawn_ware)
Regi Angelo (@regiangelou)
Suni MF (@suni.mf)
Tony Forrestt (@tonyforrestt)
REGI ANGELOU
Tell me a little about your background and what brought you to music.Creating music is new to me, I didn’t grow up saying I wanted to be a rapper. My dream pursuits were more like dance and theater but it never seemed like there was a clear path to any artistic career, so I focused on education. I have a masters in teaching and a masters in school leadership; my plan was to be a principal, then superintendent, then a politician- and I went stupid hard on that plan. So, for the last couple of years I was in ed fellowships in California and working with thought groups that focused on redesigning education in Brown communities. I had reached that step of becoming a principal and I was going through the process of opening a charter school in my hometown this was just last year. I put my blood, sweat, and tears into that process but it didn’t work out- that was a big upset for me. New York reached the legal cap on the opening of new charter schools, so my whole career plan was at a stand I was just stuck like “what do I do now?”

It was a lesson in investments: I gave my adult life to that single path, it depleted me, and then I found out that there was no guaranteed return on anything. I learned that I should do what makes me feel good, without the expectation of any return. That thing that feels good could be a lot of things. I have my own painting hanging in my house started, I have been doing some interior decorating and furniture design I be doing mad shit *hahaha* But specifically about performing- it started out as poetry and evolved into rapping and I built my confidence with sharing my writing. I’m trying not to be married to any art form or pursuit, I just want to do what feels good. Rap feels good, I just happen to be good at it.

What makes you unique and how would you describe your sound?

The last time I was heavy into in music was the 90s- when my big sister was a teenager and had mad tapes. Plus we’ from Queens, so gritty is natural. When I rap I feel I end up sounding like Lost Boyz or Big L. My sound is unique because I’ve lived a diverse life, and I’m actually a creator- not created.  I’m old enough to do whatever I want without even considering expectations, I really don’t even know what’s popular anymore. I can only create what is in me to create, and I share it. I hope I’m never the person criticizing ‘kids nowadays’, but I do know culture is being artificially manufactured and sold to us. Sex, drugs and violence dealers have used rap music as a marketing tool, I’m lucky to be old enough to avoid that target demographic and get in the path of more unconventional and bold art. Busta, Aaron McGruder, Rico Nasty, Theresa Chromati, Kehinde Wiley- they move me. Jungle Pussy is one of my favorite rappers right now. She’s so free.

You’re a rapper, educator, and pro-activist. Tell me about your work as an educator and pro-activist. Does it influence your music?

Proactivism is rooted in life’s missions, so no matter what career I have or goal I actively pursue, I am doing work to highlight the brilliance and diversity of Black women, normalize our humanity, and stress our necessity in every aspect of life. And What and Pretty Brown are both songs that affirm our authority over our own bodies, our outlook, and out options. Supa Stupid Hard and Finish Them remind listeners that Black women are saving music by stepping to a culture that has traditionally regarded us as extras. We’ve always been teachers- rap is just another platform to reach our people.

What can we expect from a Regi Angelou performance?

I feel completely uninhibited on stage, unbound to a particular style. I think I’m different on every song because I get energy from the words I’m actually talking about. Even thought I know my people in the audience are feeling my sound and my vibe- I’m in my own world when I talk my shit.

TONY FORRESTT


Tell me a little about your background and what brought you to music

I am Guyanese/Black Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. Music has always been a huge part of my life as it is to most people. It was where i felt most safe yet most vulnerable and i loved that. As I matured I realized just how important creating  music was to my overall mental health and was my major form of Artistic expression and just became a part of my journey. I don’t think anything brought me to music I think music has always been inside waiting to be discovered, and the more i learned about myself the more music helped me express those feelings.

What makes you unique and how would you describe your sound?

I think the fact that I am me is my Uniqueness in this world and in return shines in my music. I have a blend of sounds and lucky that in todays market as an unsigned independent artist i am free to explore those sounds without being boxed in, from Old School R&B to Hiphop to Dance, Pop. I am an artist who writes from his experiences and heart. If i dont feel it, I dont write it or sing it.

Tell us about your latest project, Reverie. What was the inspiration behind it and how did it come together?

REVERIE is a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream. I was wanting to create a project that felt kinda nostalgic and warm. I wrote this project in a week after sitting alone in my room just asking myself what I wanted to be as an artist and how I wanted to influence the world and future. I think its incredibly important to be exactly who you are despite how its perceived in society. love who you love with no fear. Reverie was my first Mixtape and I had so much fun creating it. It embodies my sexuality, Love of love and my internal fight with myself to be unapologetically who I am.

I have a New project coming out Beginning of the New Year 2020 Entitled “INTOXICATED BEHAVIOR” super excited to share.

SUNI MF


Tell me a little about your background and what brought you to music.

I grew up in Atlanta, GA on the Westside in Adamsville not that far from the infamous Bankhead you use to hear T.I screaming on every record lol. I was born in Massachusetts, my family moved down south when I was just a lil kid though so all I know is Atlanta. I couldn’t imagine being raised anywhere else other than Atlanta. I always say if I was raised anywhere else I don’t know if I’d be the person I am today. Atlanta’s culture and upcoming rise to the top of the music game made me a rapper. Watching BET all night made me wanna be a rapper. I was influenced by those sounds and the look of just being that nigga in the rap game lol everything looked so fun to me growing up. I got older and always kept that in me although I was very shy back in the day and wouldn’t spit for NO ONE I quickly got over that when I became more comfortable in my skin especially being a lesbian female rapper.

What makes you unique and how would you describe your sound?

You know back in the day I use to be quick to respond my music sounds like drake mixed with lil Wayne but now I can say my music embodies me. My sound is BAR HEAVY! Sometimes these bars can go over your head. My sound is very jazzy with a rap twist as well as my performance is impromptu not so much rehearsed I just go out and vibe with my people. My energy is soothing. My message is deep. You’ll definitely know who Suni Mf is after your see, hear and experience her.

How do you feel about the new wave of female rappers?

I love that this wave of females is coming out and flourishing! It’s been so many years of us getting overlooked and women being underrated while mediocre guys are overrated. I love that I’m finally reaping the benefits of being talented! I love seeing women that look like me do big things! It’s important for me as well as the younger generation.

RAYSHAWN WARE


What makes you unique and how would you describe your sound?

I’m an entertainer and charmer that’s rooted in his Tuscaloosa, Al origins to Atlanta, Ga grooming. Born in the south, home to the sounds of knee slapping and feet tapping, Sunday’s Hand clapping, shouting while spirits move, as the church choir sings. It could be heard from my great great grandmas front porch during the day til local Bootleggers brought in the night with liquor, hips swaying and gyrating to “down home blues.” Intrigued by it all, I wanted to learn everything there is to know about these harmonious sounds. Joining the church choir at age 5 and the school chorus at 7, music was always apart of my everyday life. “In the choir I learned that not only can you hear music but when it’s done right you can surely feel it”

How does being a queer person of color influence your music?

The queer voyage is one that can be hampered with so many obstacles, yet it in itself makes us unique. So to a stand on a platform and be proud about where I’ve came from, what I’ve been through and where I view myself and the world is something that makes us just human as our counterparts. As humans, we all share the same range of emotions and if we look pass sexuality and what others try to define it as, you’ll see how unfortunate, bias and prejudice it is to your fellow human brothers and sisters.

Who are your musical influences?

My first most significant influence is my grandmother as she played music that made her heart swell and educated me on what music was at times for colored/black people. She taught me to be proud of who I was and stand behind things I believed. From Sam Cook to Sara Vaughn to The Motown Sounds. Then all accessorized by music my parents played from the mainstream.

 

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