MPD "Paradise" Dawes
Professional Entertainment Specialist | Award Winning Lyricist | Community Activist | Brand Consultant | Novelist
- London, United Kingdom
MPD "Paradise" Dawes's Overview
- Brand Consultant | PR Professional | Design Editor | Independent Media Strategist at whoisparadise.com
- Executive Director, Alternative Education at Young People Matter, Charity
- Workshop Artist at Hackney Music Development Trust
- Executive Project Coordinator at The Good Samaritan Music Project
- Lead Dramatic Performance Artist at Glyndebourne
- Co-founder | Front-man at 57th Dynasty
- Martin Luther King, HS
- Skidmore College
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MPD "Paradise" Dawes' Summary
NYC raised, British born poet/ lyricist and youth advocate. Now residing in London. Professional career began with upstart grass-roots entertainment project(s) which afforded me great industry insight in liaising, marketing, negotiating and the creating of a footpath-like infrastructure to achieving national and international exposure, accolades and success. Many later projects have revolved around youth edu-tainment.
When you’ve battled the likes of Jay-Z,
shared stages with most of Hip-Hop’s elite including DMX, Outkast, and Eminem; collaborated with luminaries such as KRS-One, Roots Manuva, and Skinnyman;
Represented both The Bronx and Brixton, and gone on to win awards in multiple sectors including music [MOBO, UKHip-hop], community [SLP’s Our Heroes], and business [Prince Charles’ Business in The Community, Race for Opportunity]...
This is when you've earned the title of “Multipreneur.”
Branding and identity, Public relations in media, develop strategic planning for targeted media, Youth advocacy, Mentoring, Project coordinator, Strong writing and interpersonal skills.
MPD "Paradise" Dawes' Experience
Brand Consultant | PR Professional | Design Editor | Independent Media Strategist
Public Company; Myself Only; Music industry
April 2009 – Present (4 years 3 months) London, United Kingdom
Championing the music, people, politics and culture from the heart of Brixton, South London. Also a platform reflecting the happenings and mishaps of a recovering lyricist on his campaign trail... From Bronx to Brixton - An Immigrant's Tale.
Brand & Strategic Consultant:
* Amplify Dot aka A. Dot projects for newBRAN Ent
* Noni Zondi
* Young People Matter
* 57th Ent Distribution
Executive Director, Alternative Education
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry
February 2007 – Present (6 years 5 months) The Old Laundry, 6 Stockwell Gardens Estate, London SW9 9HQ
Young People Matter LTD is an Award Winning registered charity set up to help children, youth and young adults to reach their full potential. Founded in February 2007 by Ms. Kemi Folarin and a group of young adults in the Clapham area of the South London Borough of Lambeth; YPM began as a catalyst for change in direct response to the all too many fatal shootings in South London. YPM started life as a non- profit company and later successfully grew to registered charity status.
More recently YPM have adopted the working model of Social Enterprise creating the Aspire To Elevate Training Centre offering FREE L2 and L3 NVQ Qualifications in a host of subjects.
Hackney Music Development Trust
March 2010 – Present (3 years 4 months)
Liaise with Project Manager and Artistic Team to create and facilitate a mentoring project using performing arts for young offenders both in custody and recently released. Create, devise, mentor and support work to create lyrics, music and movement - working towards a final performance. Provided documentation and evaluation to support potential accreditation of participants of HMDT's One Spirit Programme within HMP Feltham YOI.
2013 saw the project recognised by the Youth Justice Board as an example of "effective practise"
Executive Project Coordinator
The Good Samaritan Music Project
January 2004 – Present (9 years 6 months)
Founded in late 2004 by Paradise The Prolific One, TGSMP is a musical initiative which utilizes the essences of Hiphop, R&B, Contemporary Jazz, Poetry, UK-Garage and Grime to relate and deliver moral, social, and ethical value messages that are all but void in today's popular music streams. TGSMP is rooted in Edu-tainment [educating & entertaining].
Highlights of the campaign include the classic 'U Must Learn UK' which featured Hiphop Legend KRS-ONE alongside UK luminaries Skinnyman, MCD and Paradise himself.
TGSMP has worked in partnership with the following organisations:
BPA [metropolitan black police association]
HMP Feltham [young offenders institute]
newBRAN Ents community fun day
HMDT [hackney music development trust]
Black Music Congress
A&B [arts and business new partners]
Holland Town Residents Association
Lead Dramatic Performance Artist
Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Music industry
May 2005 – June 2006 (1 year 2 months)
Facilitated the language translation of Hiphop in a performance aspect alongside Opera. Assisted in a few text adaptations, advised on techniques and the different appraoches to the fusion of youth culture & Opera and performed lead Role as Donnie in School 4 Lovers, a modernised version of Mozart's and Lorenzo da Ponte's, Cosi Fan Tutte.
Our Hip H’Opera, a new version of Cosi fan tutte, was a collaboration between four opera houses in Estonia, Germany, Finland and the UK. The work was created in the framework of RESEO’s (the European Network of Opera Education Departments) Creative Ways to Mozart Project.
Co-founder | Front-man
April 1997 – 2006 (9 years)
Credited as the Group most responsible for the current explosion of the UK's Independent Urban scene [DIY Ethic] Self: producing, promoting and manufacturing product.
Thousands of live shows, Best Hiphop Act Awards, Mobo nominations, mini-byte series on MTVNE, most requested Hiphop video on Yo Raps! MTV Europe [Love Of Hiphop], full page feature in Source Magazine, VH1 adverts, sole support for many of America’s and Jamaica’s biggest selling acts such as Eminem, DMX, Outcast UK tour, Common (3x’s), The Roots tour, D12, Eve & The Lox, Slum Village (2x’s), Rah Digga, Mobb Deep, Wu Tang, Dilated People’s tour, Stero MCs and Sean Paul are just a few of The 57th Dynasty’s accomplishments to date. Throw in their Glastonbury and V2000 performances, or them bringing in the New Millennium live on The Thames’ Embankment pier in front of 60,000 Londoners and beamed into a million homes.
Forget all their International sold out shows. Forget the Jay-Z beef and how Estelle was getting international love from featuring on Break Free long before Kanye wanted to be like a certain UK born American Boy. Their success serves as testament and demonstrates the high calibre of showmanship and creative talent associated with The 57th Dynasty and their endless activities around the world. Their legacy lives on in artist like Squeeze4P$$, SMS, Giggs, Sway, + countless others...
MPD "Paradise" Dawes' Publications
- November 16, 2012
Two4Se7en is a graphic novel edutainment vid exploring the hard hitting controversial theme of Boycotting "Black History Month" in favour of celebrating African History/Culture worldwide all day every day!
Youtube's 1st Interactive Edu-tainment Music Video by MOBO Nominated rapper, WhoIsParadise performing #Two4Se7en / 365. Exploiting Youtube's stealth mode technology, we've carefully positioned 3 interactive expression request learning tools giving new meaning to "watch and learn."
MPD "Paradise" Dawes' Courses
Executive Director, Alternative Education
Young People Matter, Charity
- Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader and Supervisor Training
- Management (Level 3)
- Come Correct Lambeth
- TAQA Assessor Award
MPD "Paradise" Dawes' Skills & Expertise
MPD "Paradise" Dawes' Education
Martin Luther King, HS
1991 – 1993
MPD "Paradise" Dawes' Additional Information
- Groups and Associations:
- Honors and Awards:
2013 Youth Justice Board, "effective practice" for HMDT One Spirit Program
2012 Race for Opportunity, Business in The Community Awards 'Highly Commended'
2010-2011 Community Campaigner, South London Press/ Shell Corp.
2000 Best UK Hip-Hop Act, UK HipHop Awards
1999 Best Hiphop Act Nominee, MOBO Awards
MPD "Paradise" Dawes' Volunteer Experience & Causes
Causes I care about:
- Civil Rights and Social Action
- Economic Empowerment
- Poverty Alleviation
- Science and Technology
- Social Services
Organizations I support:
- Young People Matter, Charity
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