What is Hip Hop Palace?

MR: Hip hop Palace is a vari­ety show like no oth­er, where we bring cab­aret and hip hop togeth­er to tell a rags to riches story.

Muti: It’s a social move­ment, a cul­tur­al land­mark and a cel­eb­ra­tion of the evol­u­tion­ary forms of hip-hop.

How has hip hop influ­enced you?

MR: Hip Hop lit­er­ally saved me from depres­sion and sui­cide and his giv­en me a way of express­ing myself while bring­ing the most import­ant people in to my life. The cul­ture has infatu­ated me and giv­en me a reas­on to be.

Muti: It held me as a child and has giv­en me tools for trans­form­a­tion, while giv­ing me a cre­at­ive energy to play with and keep me from destruct­ive envir­on­ments.

How would you describe your rela­tion­ship as The Jester Kings?

MR: I first met Muti while he was per­form­ing at The Place for Fagin’s Twist, but we had many mutu­al friends who were telling us we should know each oth­er. We have worked on a num­ber of pro­jects togeth­er and have forged a deep friend­ship and busi­ness rela­tion­ship while liv­ing togeth­er. Our chem­istry speaks for itself on and off stage.

Muti: We are broth­ers in arms, spir­itu­al beings express­ing through hip hop and ori­gin­at­ors. We know we are stronger togeth­er and sup­port each oth­er as equals through the highs and lows of our careers and per­son­al lives. We are new school medi­cine men, mani­fest­ing com­mon unity through our self-expres­sion.

How do you define “Roy­al”?

MR: Roy­alty needs to be redefined. It’s not a blood­line of élite, dom­in­ant white people with resources. We know that our blood­line is roy­al and are inspired by the great empires of Afric­an and World His­tory. We all have the right to feel roy­al, it’s with­in us; a mind state that accepts that we are sov­er­eign and have the right and respons­ib­il­ity to build the best lives for our selves and our com­munit­ies.

Muti: Roy­alty is the anoint­ment of the self and the title held by self, decid­ing to not be dis­trac­ted by the lower aspects of real­ity, main­tain­ing a level of hon­our, decor­um and autonomy while inter­act­ing with life, choos­ing how to inter­act with oth­ers free from boxes and mater­i­al trap­pings.

What is the con­nec­tion between Hip Hop and spir­itu­al­ity?

MR: Hip hop is alchemy, from the DJs who com­bine and remix ingredi­ents to make a brand new vibe, the dan­cers who trans­form their bod­ies and embody the hip hop yogic philo­sophy, the graf­fiti writers who trans­form their envir­on­ment through art and the MC or mas­ter of cere­mony who inducts audi­ences into dif­fer­ent states of being using the voice.

Muti: It has always been a spir­itu­al engine for trans­form­a­tion, social aware­ness, empower­ment and change. It speaks all lan­guages and dia­lects. Hip Hop is a move­ment that encour­ages and tran­scends our indi­vidu­al­ity to enhance the whole through com­munity

What is the future of hip hop palace? What impact do you want to leave?

MR: This is a world tour show that will travel and encour­age inter­na­tion­al com­munit­ies to embrace their own roy­alty while show­cas­ing the best in Hip Hop tal­ents. We want to be more dar­ing and flam­boy­ant with our per­form­ances. We will util­ise this move­ment for social change, build­ing com­munity and self-sus­tain­ab­il­ity, using Hip Hop as a mouth­piece for expres­sion, truth and tak­ing respons­ib­il­ity for bring­ing bal­ance back to the world

Muti: We will bring the roy­alty back to Hip Hop, expand­ing bey­ond the lim­it­a­tions that have been enforced upon this move­ment, bring­ing it in to new ter­rit­ory. We will widen aware­ness of the mul­tiple cul­tures that coex­ist through the Hip Hop com­munity, tran­scend­ing bar­ri­ers while going bey­ond words and bring­ing back the rich­ness and diversity of social move­ments expressed through this art­form.

Marv Radio and Muti Musafiri’s Hip Hop Palace on 7 Novem­ber is at Rich Mix. Hip Hop Palace launches Cer­tain Blacks Presents Cir­cus Cir­cus Cir­cus at Rich Mix and Hox­ton Hall from 7 to 22 Novem­ber. For more info check


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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.