The Artist Behind CBC's Viral Election Rap Is A Spoken Word God
He's a Toronto-based Filipino spoken word artist.
At around 9 p.m. EST on this election day Monday, Canadians watching CBC's live election special were treated to something unexpected. A spoken word video was aired on the network and it's quickly going viral. Twitter is now blowing up with questions about CBC's mysterious election day rap. Who is responsible for it? And who is Patrick de Belen? CBC's election rap god whose voice and writing are featured in the video.
According to his website, Patrick de Belen is a Toronto-based Filipino spoken word poet, performer, speaker, host and educator. He's a national poetry slam winner and has been featured on CBC, TED Talk, and NEXE, among others.
"Off the stage, he is committed to his work in arts education/mentorship; involved in partnerships with a long list of institutions and organizations including jails, schools, health centres, libraries and more," says his website.
He is also the director of a Toronto Youth Poetry Slam group called BAM! and the facilitator of a Filipino Storytelling workshop series.
The extraordinary spoken-word piece by de Belen is titled "Raise Your Voice Above the Noise" and features singing vocals by Victoria Marie and musical arrangement by Zlender, according to a tweet by de Belen. His powerful words are coupled with imagery of landscapes around Canada, the faces of several Canadians, and the politicians themselves.
If you're curious about what this poetic genus is all about, you're not alone. "Patrick is among the necessary category of people who understands that every poet and artist of acclaim is indebted and accountable to the communities that amplify their voices," says de Belen's website.
De Belen is committed to using his platform as a poet and a writer to help encourage action and consciousness within his listeners. He uses his medium to "speak of the issues that most affect the city, country, generation and historical lineage to which he belongs."
If you feel inclined to take a dive down Patrick de Belen's memory lane via social media, you may discover that he is trendy, adventurous, and artsy. Though none of these things are shocking, they certainly confirm that he's just as cool as he sounds in the infamous spoken word election day rap.
To add an adorable cherry to the top of it all, Patrick de Belen has literally been taking the time to respond to all of his shoutouts on Twitter as Canadians hear his spoken word on CBC.
We officially love everything we know about Patrick de Belen and we're excited that Canada has the pleasure of listening to his words during this fairly tense time.
The election is a nail-biter, but de Belen's rap sure helps.