Artists in this year's Body Talk Workshop
Ecko Aleck | Sirreal | AJ Megaman
About Ecko Aleck
Ecko was born into the Nlaka’pamux Nation (Interior Salish) and raised with the shishalh Nation (Coast Salish). She is a multimedia performing artist working through the disciplines of spoken word, rap and singing. She is also a multimedia digital artist working through the mediums of music, sound and video production.
In 2016 Ecko graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver with a diploma in Professional Recording Arts. In 2017 she received the Fred Sheratt MusiCounts Award for Outstanding Recording Arts and Sciences in Toronto, ON. Ecko is the daughter of a residential school survivor and cycle-breaker for her two young sons. She utilizes her art as a method of healing from inter-generational traumas and believes in using every opportunity to address the dark history Canada was built on. She continues to find new ways that intertwine her love for culture and art including workshop creation and facilitation, program development, art installations, presentations as well as cultural performances and hip-hop shows.
“My goal as an artist is healing; healing my own traumas, inspiring others to want to heal and providing the tools for our youth to heal from their bloodline traumas. I truly believe that we are given our gifts and our dreams for a reason… trust them! The world needs more people who are in alignment with their gifts from Creator.” -Ecko
“During the first annual Koksilah Music Festival in 2017, Ms. Aleck created a spontaneous, potent spoken word/prayer collaboration that was so impactful that a festival goer just yesterday named that as his most memorable moment of the first year of our festival.
Her set was magnetic and brought people from across the festival grounds to come and hear her, and take in her performance. She merges so beautifully the political, spiritual and artistic elements of her personality into her work. Bringing light to strong topics with a loving energy.
We would have her back in a heart-beat and be honored to do so.” ~ Beth Stupple and Alex Schiebel
Festival Directors of Koksilah Music Festival
About Sirreal, Matt Dunae
Sirreal is an original hip hop artist bringing hard hitting beats and lyrical talent to every performance. As an entertainer Sirreal knows how much hard work and dedication it takes to be one on Vancouver Islands’ best. Born in Comox, BC and currently holding it down for Nanaimo, this hip hop phenomenon takes full advantage of today’s technology wrangling his army of fans via internet, music videos, albums, concert promotions and constant hustle. Just like the music industry, the life of this rising star has not been easy. Devastated by the untimely death of both his father and older brother, Sirreal learned to stand as a man conquering his demons of addiction and poverty, and now instead of drugs Sirreal boldly laces his lyrics with the die hard truths of reality and its consequences whether they be positive or negative.
Sirreal’s, reverbnation.com/sirreal, musical style bridges all genres of music by blending truthful hard-hitting lyrics with a live touring stage band by the name of Blue Satellite. A Perfect fit for any lineup, you may be surprised at what these guys can do. Sponsored by Nanaimo’s very own Smoke Zone, D. Clarke
Plumbing , Underground Skateboards and Beauty Queen Salon, Sirreal’s reputation precedes him. He continues to shine with over 50 shows on Vancouver Island. Opening for such artists as Tech Nine, Royce Da 5″9, Bone Thugs N Harmony, B Real of Cypress Hill, Heavy Metal Kings (Vinny Paz and Ill Bill), Masta Ace, Bif Naked, The Beatnuts, Daniel Wesley, Moka Only, Mad Child, Sweatshop Union, and Juno award winning rap artist Belly, just to name a few. With great determination and gratitude, Sirreal’s “Self
Centred” album has been released independently and will be showcased on many upcoming shows and music videos in the next few months, with dates all across Vancouver Isle and the mainland. If you haven’t heard him yet, now is your chance to give one of Vancouver Island’s finest a listen. Having recently linked up with his live band Blue Satellite ; Sirreal’s stage show has definitely taken it to another level.
About AJ “MegaMan” Kambere
Member of Heavy Hittaz, Grizzly Squad & Creator of Raw Robots Crew, AJ “MegaMan” Kambere, is a world renown professional dancer, Battler & entertainer. With his talent in Hip Hop, Popping/Animation, Memphis Jookin, Stepping/Gumboot Dancing & Bopping, AJ MegaMan has taught in every continent sharing his knowledge with other dancers.
He has worked with the likes of Popping John, Dytto, Wildabeast, Phillip Chebeeb Madd Chadd, Boppin Andre, Luther Brown on many different dance related projects. Some Projects MegaMan has worked on are: World Of Dance, Hip Hop Battlegrounds, Keep on Dancing (KOD) Artist Emerge, Represent & the list goes on. His main teachers, Megan Jones, Boppin Andre, Jwon, & Liz Vaessen, have all been credited to helping MegaMan reach a successful professional level. He is currently finalist on So You Think You Can
Dance, L.A. Furthermore MegaMan enjoys teaching, battling, Hosting events & helping others reach there goals. If MegaMan had to give every dancer in the world some advice he’d say “K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid.