from their album OSAHWUH.
The song and the album unites the creative fires of these 2 musical artists -- an evocative and inspirational blend of Indigenous Hip Hop and Turtle Island Reggae.
THE RAVEN music video was born out of an encounter between QUESE IMC, Cempoalli 20 and Houston Cypress deep in the Florida Everglades -- the historic homeland and refuge of the Micccosukee and Seminole people.
The musical artists were visiting the Miccosukee community sharing a message with the youth which emphasized the importance of cultural integrity and maintaining traditions, a healthy and drug-free lifestyle, and how the artistic process can contribute to their personal growth.
"The music video," says Quese IMC, "is about the importance of Earth and how we connect to the Earth and how Earth makes us want to move, jump, dance." He goes on to explain, "people are polluting the Everglades and it is sacred to us."
The locations featured in the video include the following:
- Water Conservation Area 3A -- otherwise known as the Central Everglades, or the River of Grass;
- Otter Clan village on the Miccosukee Reservation;
- Graffiti walls in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami, Florida;
- 7th Circuit Studios, home of the Moksha Family Arts Collective, in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, Florida.
THE RAVEN emerges from the fire, bringing with it a message that unifies different communities, and restores balance to the land and our lives through the power of spirit-infused artistic expressions.
Houston Cypress: "It was important for us to show the grassy waters of the Florida Everglades, and to film in the Otter Clan Village of the Miccosukee Reservation because the poor water quality and the high water levels have a direct and negative impact on the Miccosukee & Seminole way of life. Flooding causes the trees that hold the islands together to drown, and without the root system to hold the islands together, the tree islands literally dissolve. So much life depends on the vitality of the Tree Islands: the plants, the animals, even the Miccosukee society of clans. So, because of this dissolution of the tree islands, you can say that we are losing our roots."
Houston Cypress, Executive Producer of the music video, explains about his production company, "Otter Vision, Inc., explores themes of Culture, History and Environment in all the various projects and formats that I get involved in, whether it's audio-visual forms for film, television, or video. Events, festivals, experimental projects, activism, or spirituality -- it's all concerned with creating 'Portals Between Worlds' and 'Contributing to the Global Discussion' -- these are my creative and spiritual manifestos."
Assisting in the production process, Felipe Marrou with VTM Productions brings decades of experience, with projects distributed on major networks, and for a variety of corporate clients.
Dudley Alexis of Epyllion Films, LLC, oversaw the post-production process. He collaborated with animator Jean Sarmiento to manifest the characters "Buffalo Boy" and "The Raven," based on creative discussions with QUESE IMC and Cempoalli 20.