Su Picasso, Artist and Humanitarian
by Tiffany Livingston
And you’ll fly with me later”...
Su Picasso is not only a musician; he is a humanitarian and a positive role model for the youth today. Over the past 3 years, Su Picasso has been making his mark, growing his fan base in Philadelphia, and gaining international notoriety in Germany and Tokyo. Su Picasso is an artist whose songs share a message and who is a humanitarian for advocating and promoting human welfare in Kinshasa, the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Su Picasso’s homeland.
Many fans are only interested in the music their favorite artists make, and not what inspires the music. There are a lot of musicians who are not recognized for their craft because they don’t fit the image of new millennial rappers, who receive frequent airplay and promote heavy sexual content, drugs, alcohol, and violence within the urban communities.
Su Picasso is not your average musician who wants to perform for the perks, glam, or popularity. He’s an artist for the people. Earlier this year, Su Picasso came into contact with a fan who reached out to him via internet. Catherine Jane, a victim of sexual abuse, had been fighting for justice for the last 10 years, and won her case only a few months ago, settling for $1.00 (no typo, $1.00 exactly). She wanted to prove that her fight wasn’t about the money, but for justice for rape victims. Without hesitation, Su Picasso agreed to share her story through his music.
“At the end of the day, you haven’t lived, until you’ve done something for somebody and they can never repay you” – Su Picasso
Su Picasso has also reached out to the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI, www.easterncongo.org), a U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with the people of eastern Congo. ECSI has worked to help bring awareness to sexual abuse, poverty, and the children who are being groomed for violent armies in the DRC.
Su Picasso has toured from the U. S. to overseas, gaining fans from Germany, Tokyo and more. He’s given some of his local, talented friends a platform to showcase their skills by throwing live concerts, such as Love & Music, Dreams & Guitars, and Bands & Roses, at the legendary Sigma Sound. Su Picasso is an artist for the people and a role model for many. In his own unique way, his art brings hope and healing to those who listen to his music.
“The best way to share a message can be through music” – Su Picasso