South-North Griots Summit 2015

May 30, 2015







Krystle Chance (Vocalist)


Lola Bunz (Hip­Hop/Spoken Word)


Whitney French (Spoken Word)


Randell Adjei (Spoken Word)


Quentin Vercetty (Spoken Word)


David Delisca (Spoken Word)


Griots Road (Hip­Hop/Spoken Word)


Krystle Chance (Vocalist)













Krystle Chance is a R&B, pop singer/songwriter from Toronto. Her self produced sound draws elements from 90's R&B, Hip-hop, millennial pop, Edm, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms all acting as the musical compliments to her thoughtful lyrics and soulfulvoice.



Whitney French (Spoken Word)













Whitney French is a storyteller and a literacy advocate. Her debut collection Cities was self-published in April 2012. She is a certified arts educator and has been published in Descant Magazine and anthologized in The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. Whitney French is also the founder and co-editor and of the nation-wide publication From the Root Zine.

Facebook: /WhitneyFrenchWrites

Twitter: @WhitneyFrench1

Youtube: /WhitneyFrenchWrites



Randell Adjei (Spoken Word)













Randell Adjei is spoken word Edutainer & Artivist who uses the power of words to inspire people to use their stories and art to help create community through Edutainment. He is the founder of Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E). The beat of his Art was found after years of being lost in the criminal justice system. He found himself by turning his struggles around to inspire others. 


He is an avid believer in human rights and has a burning desire to inspire others to take action and find purpose along the way while using their stories to propel them forward. He is Professional Spoken Word Artist, Public Speaker, Community Organizer and a MaRS - Studio Y Cohort 2 fellow. He is also 1 of 4 coaches involved in the Pan AM/ Toronto Public Library (Poetry Saved Our Lives) project.


Randell has performed and shared his story at various Universities across Ontario, including Western and Laurier University. Randell has been a featured performer on TEDxUTSC and has also opened up for Terry Crews, Paul Mooney, Maestro Fresh Wes and many more. Randell is a recent recipient of the Identify & Impact Street Level Advocate Awards by the Toronto Youth Cabinet, Black Canadian - Best Spoken Word award winner and the Yinnergy Appreciation award from the Youth Outreach Workers in Malvern.


Facebook:Randell Adjei

Instagram: @Rise_edt



Quentin Vercetty (Spoken Word)













Photo Credit: Wade Hudson


Quentin VerCetty is an award winning contemporary griot - storyteller who knows no boundaries when it comes to his artistic expression. His practice focuses on teaching the effectiveness of artivism and the empowerment in controlling the narrative of your own story for today and the future. Having a background adolescence that was shaped by affiliations with street gangs, drug trafficking and indulging in various illegal activities he now uses his lived experiences to create art using film, poetry, short story parables, drumming, painting and 3D digital art rendering, to inspire and provoke social change. Quentin is also an avid chess advocate and teaches the game in a metaphorical way to children, youth and adult as a methodology to overcome the circumstances and build for their future. He has spread his message of the arts as a tool for social change in places like London, Dubai, Port-au-Prince, Cape Town, Kingston, Havana and around the United States and Canada. As a recent graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design University he hopes to continue to work with youth and different communities internationally.




David Delisca (Spoken Word)













Born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, raised in West Palm Beach, Florida , David Delisca is a spoken word poet, actor and comedian. A versatile artist, he uses stories of the immigrant and diaspora experiences, as well as other various human realities, to bridge realms of communication. He is a four-time member of the Toronto Poetry Slam’s National Team, a finalist at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) Saskatoon, in 2012 and a National Champion at CFSW Montreal, in 2013. He has traveled and performed across Canada, from Victoria, BC to Halifax, NS, to share his words at many literary festivals and venues. His work has been published in various anthologies and magazines, such as “The Great Black North” (Frontenac House), “Basodee” (General Store Publishing House), Scarborough Big Art Book (2013) and Poetry Is Dead Humour Issue (2014). David also published his first collection of poetry, entitled “I Grew Up Right Beside You”, in February 2012.,

Twitter: @DOdelisca,

Facebook: David Delisca

Instagram: @yo_dahveed

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