1. Aurra Nicole, Harare, Zimbabwe, Hub Unconference 2017 Host
Aurra Nicole Kawanzaruwa is one of Zimbabwe’s most influential arts & media personalities and creative entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Aurra Nicole, an investment firm that’s currently representing 32 creative entities from Zimbabwe & Ghana, and is also the Head of Social Content at Zimpapers TV Network. Aurra is also a seasoned, award winning poet who has traveled both regionally and internationally as a performance poet. She is also a singer/songwriter with chart topping hits both locally and in South Africa. With a diverse arrangement of talents and skills, this young powerhouse is set to reach even greater heights in the years to come.
2. Larry Kwirirayi
is a writer, award-nominated actor, radio presenter, podcaster, blogger and digital strategist.
He is the founding editor of the pioneering media site 3-mob.com, presenter-producer of the long-running podcast #KwiriCast, a talk show host on ZiFM Stereo among other things.
Larry is passionate about uncovering new and compelling ways of telling engaging stories.
He likes knitting.
3. Adewunmi Emoruwa, COO Gatefield ,Abuja, Nigeria
Adewunmi Emoruwa is a strategic communications and public affairs professional from Nigeria. He has an active interest in using data and technology and advocacy to drive public policy and social change. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Gatefield, a boutique digital strategy and policy change firm.
He has been involved in several successful efforts including organizing, mobilisation and behavioral change campaigns across various sectors such as Democracy and Elections, Public Health and Social Development.
He received training in Political Communications and Campaigning from the prestigious Kings College London. He is also an alumni of the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He advises on several projects led/funded by governments, non-profits and civil society and international development agencies such as the Department for International Development, United States Agency for International Development, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the World Bank.
Adewunmi’s opinions are widely syndicated. He is a contributor to several news outlets including Huffington Post, Quartz and Guardian. He occasionally agrees to make public speeches and guest appearances on Radio and Television.
4. Gado, Co- Founder, Buni Media, Nairobi, Kenya
Gado, Co- Founder, Buni Media, Nairobi, Kenya Cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa, a.k.a Gado was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on August 6, 1969. Gado is the editorial cartoonist for the The EastAfrican Standard In Nairobi. He is most Syndicated Political/Editorial cartoonist in the East and Central Africa. His works have also been published in Daily Nation (Kenya), Le Monde and Courrier International (France), Deutsche Welle (Germany), The Guardian of London among others.
He is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Buni Media, an independent Multi-media company based in Nairobi. A classical animator from Vancouver Film school, Gado is a creator and Producer of the weekly satirical puppet show, The XYZ SHOW.
Gado is a 2007 Prince Claus Laureate. He is also a winner of Kenya National Human Rights Commission Award in Journalism in 2005 and 2007. Gado is a recipient of the prestigious Cartoon for Peace 2016 International Editorial Cartoon award, In 2011 Gado was among 12 extraordinary leaders to receive a Visionaries Award from Ford Foundation for their innovative efforts on the frontlines of key social issues. In 2014, Gado was named as one of the 100 most influential people in Africa by one of Africa’s leading publication, NewAfrican.
Gado is a member of Cartoonists Rights Network (CRN), Cartoonist For Peace and Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ).
He lives in Nairobi with his wife Stephanie Uwingabe and daughters Mwaji-Odeta and Keza-Anganile.
5. Xtian Dela, Social Media Personality, Nairobi, Kenya
Xtian Dela is a Kenyan YouTuber, Blogger, Social Media Personality, Trainer, Strategist, Consultant and also a Radio presenter.
In 2014, he won the Best Personal Blog in the African Bloggers Awards and the Most Influential Twitter Personality in the Kenyan Social Media Awards.
In the same year, he was nominated at the Africa Social Media Award for the Social Media Hero in Africa, Twitter Handle of the Year in Africa and Influencer of the Year in Africa
In 2015 he won the award of The Best Twitter Personality in Africa in the African Bloggers Awards. In August the same year, he won Kenyan Corporate Social Media Personality of the Year Award at the Jumia Kenya Glamour Awards. In the same year he also won the Kenyan Twitter Personality of the Year in the KenyaBuzz People’s Choice Awards
In 2016 he won the award of the Best Facebook Profile in Africa and the Second Most Influential Twitter Personality in Africa in the Africa Bloggers Awards.The 2016 African Bloggers Awards were sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2016 He also became one of Viber’s African partners promoting the platform across Africa on his large fanbase network.
6. Dughettu, Brazil
Dughettu presents original sounds, in a fusion of reggae, rock, rap and soul, which, together with the constant presence of guest artists in their presentations, confirm the open stance to experimentation and set the tone of contemporary Brazilian hip hop culture. He has opened major international shows performed in Brazil such as Lauryn Hill and Joss Stone and rappers Akon, 50 Cent and Chris Brown.
Dughettu is responsible for the Duto, in Madureira, in the North Zone of Rio, a space dedicated to urban music. Located on a rooftop, the place has a privileged view of the main points of the region, such as Mercadão de Madureira, train station, Viaduto Negrao de Lima and Morro da Serrinha, besides the traditional samba schools Portela and Imperio Serrano. https://www.facebook.com/DUGHETTU/
7. Rafael Tudesco, LA, USA
Originally from Porto Alegre/RS – Brasil, RAFA lives in Los Angeles, CA since 2006 where he works as a musician, sound engineer, producer and A&R. He has produced music with Akon, Young Life, J Cole, Lil Wayne, Rock City, Rita Ora, Duff Mckagan, Steve Adler and Matt Sorum (Guns n Roses), Kel Mitchell, Roc Nation to name a few.
In the L.A Music Scene, Rafa is been touring since 2009 when he was invited to be part of the music collective Eyedentity, formed from many talented musicians from L.A., and features from Jazz legends like Herbie Hancock, Flora Purim, George Duke and Wah Wah Watson. He is the producer at Duto Studio in Rio, Brazil. www.du-to.com.
8. DJ Yoda, UK
DJ Yoda is a multi-award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer, headlining festivals and clubs around the world. No typical club DJ, his interests lie in finding fresh and unique ways to bring turntables out of the club and getting involved in bespoke collaborations. Working with classical composers to neuroscientists; brass bands to film directors; Dr Dre to Dame Evelyn Glennie; Banksy to Mark Ronson; BBC Radio 4 to the BFI, he reinvigorates his craft with wry invention and humorous intent. Internationally respected for his turntablism, the viral success of his Stranger Things Mix racked up more than a quarter million plays on Soundcloud, culminating in his UK Tour of Stranger Things The Mixtape Live.
He was Dr Dre’s first choice to record a guest mix on his inaugural Beats 1 show for Apple Music in 2015, and was one of a select band of artists to perform at Banksy’s pop-up Bemusement Park, Dismaland. His eclectic series of How to Cut & Paste mixtapes offer a uniquely British take on hip-hop music and culture. DJ Yoda pioneered a new form of audio-visual entertainment, unifying hands-in-the-air clubbing with a night at the movies, chopping and splicing classic movies with the same exceptional style that he repurposes music samples. One of the first DJs to master the art of re-scoring classic films, in 2014 he was commissioned to create DJ Yoda Goes to the Sci-Fi Movies as part of the BFI’s Sonic Cinema event. BBC Radio 6 Music gave him the platform to make history with the world’s first audio-visual radio mix, and, as part of their BBC Music Day, Radio 4 invited Yoda to mash-up the entire station, remixing The Archers, The Shipping Forecast, John Humphries and more in one of his most sublime and surreal adventures yet.
Ever pushing the boundaries of live audio-visual performance his latest journey into popular culture – DJ Yoda: A History of Gaming – premiered at the London Film Festival on the UK’s largest screen at the prestigious IMAX, charting best loved and most fondly remembered games from the early 1980s to the present. With new studio projects, experimental audio-visual ventures, and his ever-evolving DJ sets taking in a diverse array of styles, genres, decades and continents, things couldn’t be going better for DJ Yoda, and he’s even got used to that name.
“I never liked the name DJ Yoda”, he admits. “But here we are now in 2016 and it’s taken on a new significance”. He surveys the DJ scene and considers himself the Last Man Standing. “Because Yoda was the last old master of the craft of being a Jedi where no one else around him is using those original skills”, he furthers. “Suddenly that name has an extra relevance. I turn up to DJ somewhere with my records and turntables and I’m scratching and quick-mixing… And people I see around me DJ-ing don’t do that”. Long may he continue to be the lone original DJ. http://djyoda.co.uk/
9. Ruth Daniel, UK
‘If it wasn’t for hip-hop, I would be dead, hip-hop gave me another option and I am truly thankful for that’ MC Lupa, Medellin, Colombia. The story of the power of arts and culture to change and save peoples lives remains relatively unknown, however after working across the world for over fourteen years, I have researched, witnessed and supported arts organisations that make social impact, keep peace and increase opportunities in the worlds most maginalised communities.
My organisation, In Place of War, is a support system for community artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict. We listen to creative communities and respond by providing innovative, do-it-together solutions for grassroots challenges, sourced from our global community of change-makers. I have delivered impactful and change-making projects in 40 countries across some of the most marginalised settings in the world – from creative and social entrepreneurial training, to setting up new cultural spaces in warzones to devising commercial festival and music collaboration and recording projects.
10. Aaron Horn, London UK
Aaron began working with Point Black music school as an outreach music technology and DJ Teacher, working in youth centres and schools. Dj’ing around London and at festivals he met Sam a jazz Trumpet player they formed the band Sam and the Womp, and went on to have a Number one in the UK with the track “Bom Bom” selling more than 1.5 million world wide. Aaron is a director at S.P.Z music, a group that contains Sarm studios and perfect songs, with clients such as Kylie Minogue, Seal, little mix and the X factor. Aaron has also trained as a sound healer and has been playing Gong meditations and sound healing around London and at the national portrait gallery.
11. Keisha Thompson, Contact Theatre, Manchester, UK
Keisha Thompson is a Manchester based writer, performance artist and producer. She is currently working at Contact as the Young People’s Producer managing Contact Young Company. In 2012, Keisha wrote feminist solo show “I Wish I had a Moustache” which she has presented at Contact Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, STUN and Belgrade Theatre. In 2014, she released her debut EP, Abecedarian. Last year, she was commissioned to write a poem from Plan International’s global campaign for International Day of the Girl 2015, titled “Yet”. She is currently working on a new solo show, “Man on the Moon” with support from STUN theatre. shebekeke.bandcamp.com
12. Miles Ashton, Ronnie Scotts, London, UK
I was born in 1968 in what is now Charing Cross Police Station. It was a hospital back then….
I started mixing live sound at the age of 15 with NYJO (the British National Youth Jazz Orchestra) and by the time I’d finished college at the age of 18, I was so busy there was never going to be anything else I was going to do.
I used to go to recording sessions and sit and take it all in, asking many questions and then started helping out.
I’ve toured the world mixing many hundreds of live shows with a wide variety of artists and recorded and mixed over 60 CDs both live and in the studio.
I’ve lectured about live sound and recording techniques in many places.
I’m the Technical Manager of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club in London.
13. Fatine Boumaaz, Ronnie Scotts, London, UK
Ronnie Scott’s Communications & Outreach Manager, Fatine Boumaaz, graduated in International Business and has been in the business industry for more than 10 years. She joined the team few years ago and became a strong asset to the company since then. A big believer in free music education for all, Fatine is also the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation Projects Manager and helps raise funds to sponsor free musical education projects across the UK and the world for young aspiring musicians. In her free time, Fatine is a keen jazz/soul singer and loves to travel.
14. Ashley Yates, Black Lives Matter, USA
Ashley Yates is an organizer, writer and community advocate based out of St Louis, Missouri. As a member of Ferguson Action and #BlackLivesMatter Ashley has been active in both on the ground protests and strategic organizing central to the Movement for Black Lives.