“The more time you spend contemplating
what you should have done…
you lose valuable time planning
what you can and will do."
― Lil Wayne
a personal WAY of writing.
a figure 0; a zero; a CIRCLE.
to put a message into one's writing.
to DO arithmetic.
A circle, also known as a Cypher, is one of the oldest geometric symbols, symbolizing unity, wholeness, and infinity.
For us, the Cypher is an 8-week music program designed to help learners develop life skills and the integration of critical consciousness.
Each session divides into three components grounding, discourse, and creativity. We offer a new challenge each week, leading to a group-led showcase.
Our programming aims to address four major dimensions:
Fun: We are cultivating a healthy environment conducive to creativity and joy. Music can facilitate and honor individuals and communities on their terms, meeting people where they are and offering them peace of mind or a mental and emotional calm and collected state.
Navigation Skills: We integrate music as a communication technology to assist participants in developing coping and navigation skills as they journey through challenging circumstances and situations.
Community Building: We use music to build positive relationships and a stronger community for the people we serve.
Passing the torch: We encourage participants to share music with the next generation and pass on a positive message.
Before starting Mederi Muzik, we worked as Arts Project Coordinators at Rikers Island. We continue this work to all underserved communities. Our programming consists of the following:
Cypher: An 8-week music creation workshop based on freestyle emceeing and body percussion to express oneself regarding incarceration.
Lyric Analysis: A form of therapeutic processing around the study of existing lyrical content to uncover deeper traumas within the psyche and process through them
Drum Circles: A group experience in which participants exchange rhythm and sync with one another and with themselves to entrain and resonate.
Rap Battle: A friendly competition between multiple participants to showcase their lyrical skills and have fun.