Jovian Radheshwar is a rapper, poet and an educator now based in Vancouver. Having grown up in New York listening to rap during an increasingly racialized America in the mid-1990s, Jovian began to practice rap as a medium for his artistic expression. In 2012, he 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’, and since then they have performed in Canada and the USA as the Endangered Species. Jovian’s poetry explores history, difference, drugs, science, knowledge, and the globalization of race. His music inspirations include Outkast, Nas and Pink Floyd where Hunter S. Thompson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Frantz Fanon are among his literary influences. 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. Jovian lives in Burnaby and works as a professor of Political Science at Douglas College in New Westminster.
At the May 24 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.