Chaka Mkali
Musician, Muralist, Community Organizer
Involved with Intermedia Arts since: 1993
From incarcerated teen to transformative leader, Chaka uses the power of hip-hop music and murals to reach, teach and organize young people and communities of color in the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Through his work with low-income teens and young adults, Chaka is impacting lives and helping to bring change to a challenged community.

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Chaka Mkali, also known as I Self Devine, is a musician, MC, community organizer, racial justice trainer, graffiti artist, muralist, program coordinator, and Director of Organizing and Community Building at Hope Community, a South Minneapolis community development organization.

MC I Self Devine is an integral part of the Atlanta and Twin Cities underground hip-hop community. Over the last decade, I Self has released more than ten albums of politically conscious, socially aware music as part of the Micranots, Semi Official, the Dynospectrum, and as a solo artist.

As a graffiti artist and muralist, Chaka Mkali is recognized as one of the crucial figures in the revitalization of graffiti art in the Twin Cities. He developed his skills in the streets, alleyways, walls, and storefronts of Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Atlanta.

Chaka’s leadership, organizing, and community relationships at Hope Community have contributed enormously to the success of people working together to build an alternative to gentrification in their community using art, music, and organizing.