They do so much more than that but you need a short snappy title don’t you? Anyway yeah, these guys are promoting a healthy lifestyle and fresh diet whilst raising awareness for and joining the dots between climate change, social justice, organic gardening, environmental awareness and hip hop.
DJ Cavem (aka Ietef Vita) and Mixmaster Alkemia (aka Arasia Earth) run seminars, workshops and community programmes through their organisation Going Green Living Bling which include a culinary concert called “Food On Fleek” and screenings of their documentary “From Gangs To Gardens”. They are dedicated to promoting an organic and healthy lifestyle from setting up a grocery store/grow space called The GrowHaus where you can buy and grow organic vegetables, to releasing a vegan cookbook called Damn Near Raw and releasing an album/curriculum called The Produce Section: The Harvest, this couple are up for educating and promoting a healthy lifestyle through any medium they can get their hands on.
Ietef was nominated for the 2014 Music Educator Grammy, has spoken at TedXManhatten and was even invited to The White House for the 127th Easter Egg Roll to perform their Culinary Concert.
“My goal is to promote the idea of holistic health, permaculture, urban agriculture, yoga and culinary wellness. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s almost a resistance to anything like that in our community. For example, in my school programs sometimes I’ve had to disguise yoga as breakdancing, math and engineering as music production and language arts as poetry and spoken word. I try to teach the students about how they can create their own business in urban agriculture. I also have a curriculum that introduces educational plant-based cooking, as well as juicing and raw foods. I have a lecture series that covers EcoHipHop, food justice, gang intervention, race and politics, organic gardening and graffiti art. I even lead a class called HipHop Yoga.” Ietef tells NBC.
Needless to say, trying to promote this kind of stuff to communities where there’s literally more liquor stores than grocery stores is no easy task but the couple have thrown themselves at the challenge whole heartedly and their sincerity definitely shows.
Check the couple’s Ted talk below: