Endangered Species is a rap group that has performed shows in Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, Goleta, and Los Angeles. We interviewed Rapper/Poet/Professor Jovian Radheshwar who collaborated as MC Bitter Buffalo with Bobby Musgrave (Pensive Blue Polar Bear) and Ed Keenan (DJ California Condor) in exploring the endangered nature of existence in a technologized modern world for the album ‘No Hooks’ (2012). Having grown up listening to rap during an increasingly racialized America in the mid-1990s, Jovian finds rap to be a powerful medium for making a statement both personal and political. His poetry explores life, politics, history, difference, drugs, science, knowledge, and the globalization of race. Jovian was born in Bombay and raised in New York, later he taught Black Studies, Global Studies, and Political Science in California for over ten years. His music inspirations include Outkast, Nas and Pink Floyd where Hunter S. Thompson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Frantz Fanon are among his literary influences. Jovian lives in Burnaby and works as a professor of Political Science at Douglas College in New Westminster.
At the September 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jovian will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.