ABOUT KIWI

Kiwi Illafonte is a Los Angeles raised, Bay Area chiseled hip hop artist currently living in Tiotia: ke, unceded Kanien’kéhá:ka (Mohawk) and Algonquin territories (also known as Montreal, Quebec). He is most known as part of renowned hip hop group Native Guns (with Bambu and DJ Phatrick), as well as the lead vocalist for Oakland funky hip hop soul band Mass Bass. He has been recording and performing for over 15 years, sharing the stage with artists such as Las Cafeteras, Blue Scholars, Macklemore, and Immortal Technique. Kiwi is also a graphic designer by trade, a volunteer with the Asian Prisoner Support Committee, and an organizer with the Centre for Philippine Concerns. His music reflects the struggles of being a brown, working class person in diaspora, and the rising up of everyday folks out of oppression and exploitation.

Discography

Vice Versa (Kiwi and DJ KidWIK)
The Concrete EP
1997

Kiwi
Writes of Passage: Portraits of a Son Rising
2003

Native Guns
Stray Bullets Mixtape Vol 1
2004

Native Guns
Barrel Men
2005

Native Guns
Stray Bullets Mixtape Vol 2
2006

Kiwi
Summer Exposure Mixtape
2007

Mass Bass
Movement Movin’
2014

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