Black Artistic Expressions in BC

Welcome to a celebration of Black cultural expression and activism. Although there is limited spatial and political representation, there is nevertheless a vibrant presence of Black art and culture in BC.

This four-part virtual series is about joy and resilience, fun, and activism that bears witness to what it means to be Black in BC. Join us at the heart of each month for a celebration of Black lives, Black culture and activism, and Black musical and poetic expression.

Black Artistic Expressions in BC is a community-university collaboration developed in partnership between local Black artists and IBPOC Connections: Staff and Faculty and the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education at the University of British Columbia.

Each event is hosted by Ndidi Cascade and will feature a live performance followed by a moderated Q&A.

Upcoming Events

  • Marcus Mosely

    On September 16th, hear renowned Gospel artist and Entertainment Hall of Fame member, Marcus Mosely.

    Watch the recording

  • Tonye Aganaba

    Tonye Aganaba, a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and performer, joins us on October 21st.


  • Ndidi Cascade / Shad

    On November 18th, hear Ndidi Cascade perform. Following performance, connect with Juno Award-winning rapper Shad as part of a Q&A.


  • Dawn Pemberton

    On December 16, hear Dawn Pemberton, the “new Queen of Canadian soul” and a staple of the Vancouver music scene.


UBC is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

Ndidi Cascade, who is of Nigerian-Italian-Irish-Canadian heritage, is a Vancouver born and based hip hop vocalist. She is also a songwriter, recording artist, educator and program facilitator. Ndidi has showcased her music across North America and internationally– from classrooms to stadiums, and her music has been featured on Much Music and MTV Canada. She has shared the stage with talents such as Wu-Tang Clan, Femi Kuti, Digable Planets, The Mad Professor, De La Soul, K-OS and K'naan.

Ndidi Cascade also facilitates and manages programs that use hip hop, spoken word and dance as a medium for healthy self-expression. She is the founder of the “Word, Sound & Power” and “Elementalz” education programs, which are designed to raise awareness of the origins of the hip hop movement. Ndidi is also a World Music Education independent school teacher, and she currently tours with her group Metaphor, showcasing interactive hip hop shows in elementary and high schools around British Columbia.

  • Marcus Mosely: David Gifford
  • Tonye Aganaba: Lorne Clark