DJ L’Oqenz is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Her passion for music and undeniable skills on the turntables have made her a sought after commodity at home in Toronto and abroad. A true lover of music, she is not confined to one genre. Spinning everything from Hip Hop to Jazz - L’Oqenz has the ability to fuse them all effortlessly.
She has toured across Canada, the United States and the UK, and has shared the stage some of the most respected artists in the business including Zaki Ibrahim, Motion, Jean Grae, Bahamadia, K’naan, M1 (Dead Prez), Prince Paul, Maseo (De La Soul) and Kool Herc.
2006 – 2008 L’Oqenz flexed her multitasking skills by working as Artist Manager and Executive Producer to Zaki Ibrahim. Presently, L’Oqenz is completing a production/art project under the alias NiteOwlNaps and she has been committed to bettering her community by setting aside time to teach and fundraise for various organizations in Toronto.
Prince Charles gets DJ Lesson with DeeJay L'Oqenz
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During Prince Charles' visit to Toronto, he stopped by UforChange (youth arts initiative located in St. James Town). The Prince toured the program and met with participants and instructors. Here is some footage of His Royal Highness taking to the 1's and 2's with direction from DJ L'Oqenz, who is lead instructor in the DJ department at UforChange. Music produced by Sean Roman (track called - Lick). Also seen in this clip, Helen Nguyen and Juan Garcia (both graduates of the DJ program)
WHAT'S INSIDE HER HEAD
Mixed by: L'Oqenz
Hosted by: Saidah Baba Talibah
Four continents and several generations in the making, Zaki Ibrahim’s music is captivating and vibrant.
Thick with poetics, steeped in a delicious mixture of earnest emotion and humor, her music has the ability to inspire change while her gift in connecting with people nourishes souls, crossing borders, cultures, genres, and generational boundaries. A relentless creative force and inimitable musical genius, Zaki Ibrahim is global, timeless and remarkably fresh.
At once a study, in stunning contrasts with bring-you-to-your-knees hot buttered tones, Mz.Chawls operates in a sonic time capsule possessing the assurance of Inez Foxx, the vulnerability of Tammi Terrel, and the smoldering intensity of Betty Wright. Her rich voice harbors classic soul influences, while birthing an original, contemporary and memorable sound. Critiques and fans alike rave as Now Magazine voted her 2008 R&B artist of the year and the single Silly Happy Wild climbs to number one on OTA Live/ HipHopCanada “Megacity Countdown".
Daughter of jazz/blues singer Salome Bey, struts onstage; her band connects and grooves out some bluesy rock, deep funk and hot buttered soul. With an EP out and a full length on its way, you’ll be sure to hear more about this ferocious and unabashed performer setting stages ablaze.
She’s been featured in a range of compilations, including collaborations with the Butta Babees’ The Entrée EP and accompanying music video (Universal), Phem Phat’s Honey Drops (Universal), Rap Essentials (Beat Factory), The Best of Bounce (Jig Saw), the international B-Gyrl.com collection, Urban Noize and recently on the soundtrack for the film, When Moses Woke (Itoti Productions) which premiered on Bravo! Television. In 2004, Motion graced the stage at the Canadian Urban Music Awards with a stellar performance, aired nationally on CBC Television. Her career highlights include opening for artists Mos Def, Wyclef Jean, Nikki Giovanni, Jill Scott, The Last Poets, The Roots, and Talib Kweli. She’s shone in appearances sharing the stage with Canadian-bred stars The Rascalz, Tara Chase, Jully Black, k-os and Kardinal Offishal.
“Her voice is suave steel that will make you feel the funk of life, the blues of existence, the rap of rhyme and the neo-soul of resistance.” - George Elliott Clarke, Governor General Award Winning Poet
Isis has never been one to follow the beaten-path, and her latest project is no exception. Having started her career at the age of 19 touring across North America as an emcee, Isis later became an integral part of the party-starting duo, Thunderheist.
During this period, Isis also branched-out to make high-profile appearances on The Jimmy Kimmel Show (alongside MSTRKRFT and Noreaga) and the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York.
Now, drawing inspiration from legends such as Deborah Harry, Betty Davis to the Doors, Isis is preparing her first solo release; a selection of songs as eclectic as they are well rounded. It is clear that after years on the mic, Isis continues to add her unique style and flair to everything she touches!
Known in NYC and around the globe as a purveyor of all things soulful, OP! is a talented DJ and taste-maker can hang on just about any dance floor. From hip hop, house, classics to future soul, OP! can finesse them all, adopting musical diversity and focusing it into a beautifully cohesive vibe. Through his work with Cornerstone Promotion, Suite903.com, Heineken Red Star Soul & The Fader, RawFusion NYC, I Love Vinyl NYC, and Party People South Africa, OP! has helped shine a light on underground, global soul and continues to push for its relevance on the world stage.
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