Mustapha Makhdoom (the metronomad) – Surrey Muse

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Mustapha Makhdoom is a South Asian Canadian singer and songwriter working out of Edmonton. He picked up a guitar in the second year of college and that changed everything. He introduced his brand The Metronomad and launched his first collection of songs ‘Opening Doors’. Mustapha combines the poetic and musical traditions of Sindhi and Urdu into his lyrics and tunes. He has performed at various venues in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Now he is working to produce a second collection of his songs.

While Mustapha admits reverence to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, Muse, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Jack White and Paco de Lucia, the pivotal musical influence for him may have been his own father Zahid Makhdoom, a ‘hobby’ singer of revolutionary poetry who has an amazing voice and an undying passion for singing.

Visit Mustapha’s web page
themetronomad.com/home
Contact him
themetronomadmusic@gmail.com

At the February 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mustapha will present some of his new songs. More about the event is here:
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Steve Thompson (Magnus) – Surrey Muse

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Steve Thompson is a songwriter, music publisher and an arts activist who founded the Magnus Project in Vancouver fifteen years back to connect musicians and songwriters to their art and their rights. This allowed him to work with producers, songwriters, bands, record labels and other music publishers at the local and national level. This interaction resulted in a diverse catalog of over two thousand songs of independent composers and authors; and, Steve is a contributing writer of about a hundred songs in it. He is a board member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).

Steve grew up ‘around the dance-hall scene in the late 60s. He began writing his own songs from the age of 12. By the time he was in high-school he became a DJ, gaining experience as a tech leading him to record his compositions as well as those of his peers‘. This led him to the idea of the Magnus Project.

As a composer and as a music publisher, Steve has been spreading awareness about music rights. His participation in boards and associations has provided him with a sense of meaningful contribution to the community of artists in Canada.

Contact Steve
vancouverrecords@gmail.com

At the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Steve will introduce the Magnus Project, and he will present a selection of his music and songs. More information about the event is here:
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Young Scholar – Surrey Muse

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Young Scholar is a RAP (Rhythm And Poetry) lyricist and a music producer whose debut album, ‘The Awakening’ encapsulates his two-pronged mandate that he calls his ‘mission’: ‘to get my audience to critically analyze different issues in society (hatred/jealousy, immigration/refugee crisis, credential racism, violence against women) through my lyrics, and to promote RAP in its most sophisticated and beautiful form because RAP must have meaning to connect to a large audience.’ The album will be available soon.

Young Scholar started rapping in 2013 when he was 20, to help his peers remember organic chemistry reactions, but soon he was using a set of very different themes. He continued to RAP because it allowed him ‘to easily express myself via poetry’.

Tupac Shakur is one of his favorite musicians in addition to Fort Minor’s Mike Shinoda.

Visit Young Scholar’s website
youngscholar.myfreesites.net
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facebook.com/Young-Scholar

At the August 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Young Scholar will present a selection of songs from his debut album. More information about the event is here:
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Virginia Gillespie – Surrey Muse

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Virginia Gillespie is a writer, an arts advocate and a multi-media artist who is passionate about making performance an innovative tool for personal, societal and cultural transformation.

Virginia creates projects and events in the verbal arts at VG PlayRoom studio in Crescent Beach, her short play Hoarder was in a curated reading for the 2016 SHIFT Festival held in Vancouver in support of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Her book of poetry and lyrics, Taoist Inner Tube Rider, includes a CD featuring the work of some of Virginia’s actor and musician colleagues, and her ‘Grandmothers: Agents of Transformation’ exhibit with fabric artist Elizabeth Carefoot at Douglas College, features poetry, an art book of fictional travel journal, and a soundscape narrative.

Virginia has toured in a rock musical in England, sang and acted at the Irish Sugawn Folk Kitchen in London, created an original piece for the Sechelt Storytelling Festival, devised and directed a youth against racism performance, and she has managed a Business Theatre program in Munich

Drawing from her global experience that is both experiential and cross-cultural, Virginia now explores new forms in theatre.

More about Virginia is here
linkedin.com/in/gillespievirginia
Contact Virginia
vgplayroom@gmail.com

At the July 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Virginia will present excerpts and narrative from an art book she created for the exhibit ‘Grandmothers: Agents of Transformation’. More information about the event is here:
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Surrey Muse Program July – November 2016

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July – Nov 2016
Session 10

July 22
Author Virginia Gillespie
Poet Joanne Arnott (uc)
Performer Imtiaz Popat
Open Mic Opener Ghia Aweida
Host Sana Janjua

August 26
Author Julian Worker
Poet Raoul Fernandes
Performer Young Scholar
Open Mic Opener Kevin Taylor
Host Helga Parekh

September 23
Author Trudy M. Davies
Poet Edward Blodgett
Performer Zee & Louw
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Fauzia Rafique

October 28
Author Lydia Kwa
Poet Kyle McKillop
Performer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Janene White
Host Sonja Grgar

November 25
Author Farah Tejani
Poet Betsy Warland
Performer Metro Nomad
Open Mic Opener Nayden Pollasari (uc)
Host Mariam Zohra D

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Pasi Gungowo – Surrey Muse

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Pasi Gunguwo is a musician, creative producer/director, and teacher who has worked in the entertainment and cultural industries in several countries including Zimbabwe, Canada, Cuba, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, Israel and the USA. He co-founded an award winning community program ‘Britannia World Music’ in 2003, offering East Van children opportunities to learn and play African music as an after-school activity. In 2004, Pasi created Feso, a fusion band that rocked major Canadian music festivals in 2006-2007; and in 2008, he directed a play ‘Super Patriots and Morons’ produced by Amnesty International.

After graduating from film school in 2009, he has initiated various literary, film and video projects to tell stories of his homeland to an international audience.

Pasi has a deep passion for bringing out voices and images that celebrate diversity while being rooted in their cultures, ‘so that we can understand one another through art.’

Pasi’s web page
mixedblood.ca
Facebook
pasi.gunguwo
Contact Pasi
pasigunguwo@gmail.com

At the April 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Pasi will have us view and listen to some of his work. More about the event is here: april-22-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Poul Bech – Surrey Muse

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Poul Bech has recently emerged as a singer/songwriter from New Westminster’s community stages though this is what he has done most of his life, ‘singing and guitar-picking’ as he calls it.

Born in Alborg, Denmark, Poul immigrated to Canada as a young boy. Singing as hobby has been a constant but writing and performing his own songs is a new experience for him. He credits this development to the support and encouragement he receives at the RCLAS Songwriters’ Open Mic, a group that meets every week at Renaissance Bookstore.

Poul enjoys a diverse range of musical genres so his songs reflect that diversity. He can be found performing at various open stages and campfires throughout BC.

View Poul’s video
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Visit his facebook page
facebook.com/poul.bech
Contact Poul
pbbech@shaw.ca

At the March 27 Gathering of Surrey Muse, Poul will present some of the songs he has developed in the last couple of years. Click below for more information about the event:
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