Cavem Moetevation

Musician, Educator and Activist

Ietef Hotep Vita  — aka "DJ Cavem" of the hip-hop group "Moetavation"  is an all-around vegan "b-boy" who also serves as an organic gardener, MC, educator, graffiti guru, break dancer, world traveler and award-winning community arts activist.

A cultural worker born and raised in Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood, Ietef has worked with producers and artists such as Dead Prez and the Flobots. He has opened for artists including Gil Scott Heron, Talib Kweli and K'naan, and has performed in Burkina Faso, Paris, the United Kingdom and West Africa.

Ietef is a lead trainer at Blue and Yellow Logic, where he brings together local and national artists, nutritionists and activists to engage youth and educators in creative social change. He has coordinated panels and workshops on hip-hop and environmental justice for the Denver public school system, the Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Denver Green Festival.

Ietef is a longtime community activist. He has worked with the Pan African Arts Society as a youth coordinator for various film festivals and has performed spoken-pieces and handled promotions for Café Nuba's poetry events. He has also performed as a poet and DJ for Slam Nuba's monthly poetry slams.

Ietef has taught in various afterschool programs focused on hip-hop culture with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater and the Swallow Hill Music School. He also taught African American studies for Thomas Jefferson High School. He is the founder of the Brown Suga Youth Fest, an annual event that brings together holistic healers, educators, artists and youth for presentations, discussion and networking.

Ietef is also an eco-cultivator for Blue and Yellow Logic. He introduced gardening, recycling, composting and other environmental lessons to 20 high-risk young adults during the 2009 growing season. Ietef is an organic gardener with the East Side Growers Collective and is the site manager and community coordinator for the Denver Metro Area for Urban Farming. He is securing new community garden sites in food deserts across the city and will teach residents in those neighborhoods how to grow food, maintain the land, build compost and harvest.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good