Artists In Residence

This year Full Circle and Coastal Jazz 2022 have partnered to support artists KeAloha and Missy D as artists-in-residence. During their residency, the artists are exploring a range of meet-ups, jams, and other outreach activities that touch on collaboration, decolonization, and growing creative spaces that centre marginalized Indigenous, Black, and racialized artists.

Quick on their beat, KeAloha and Missy D meet in music beyond genres, thriving on natural rhythms and improvisations. They invite each other and the wider community to consider:

  • How do we relate to Black-rooted music on Indigenous lands?
  • And how do we move forward in solidarity?

Missy D

Throughout the course of her musical career, Missy D has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life rapping in both French and English. From the Motherland to Vancouver, she is now performing at a variety of venues all the while recording new singles with Laydy Jams and various local talents.

Missy D has earned the admiration and affection of countless fam, serving as both inspiration and sister to fellow dreamers. With a debut album entitled “When Music Hits You Feel No Pain” under her belt, Missy D was one of Storyhive Music Video Edition 2017 winners for her song “XX” featuring Kimmortal and performing as a SXSW Official Artist in 2018 , Vancouver Jazz Festival and for the 2018 Juno Fest performing and with the likes of Maestro Fresh Wes, Jully Black, Nomadic Massive, Sons of Kemet, Mr.Eazi…

This femcee has been rapping since she was 11 years old in French and English from the 3 corners of the motherland (Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe). You will hear the sounds of MC Solaar, Diams, Erykah Badu, India Arie, J.Cole, Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill echoing through her voice.

On March 20, 2020, Missy D dropped her second EP entitled “Yes Mama” following her journey through grief as the world went into lockdown. After having to cancel the release party, Missy D dropped a music video for her song, Yes Mama available on YouTube. Rest assured Missy D has more new music coming with a brand new French EP entitled Case Départ coming out in April 2022. She will have you catching too many feelings or that je ne sais quoi as she embraces diversity in instrumentals, music, and most of all people!


Music is a vessel for KeAloha to build relationships with her diverse lineages as a mixed-Indigenous femme with chronic illness disability. KeAloha is committed to shaping her career and building community through reciprocity for the people and music-cultures who inspire her, and for the communities and lands where she finds home.

KeAloha released her first three singles in the summer of 2021. She was nominated to CBC Searchlight Top 100 with heartsong “Mama’s Hands”, and to the Indigenous Music Countdown’s Top 10 with Indigi-Pop anthem “Mahina”. KeAloha’s debut EP and Album are rooting to bloom in 2022-23.

KeAloha grew up in Lheidli T’enneh territory (“Prince George”), where part of her maternal mix hails. She moved to so-called “Vancouver, BC” in 2015 to follow her compass for music and Ohana.