Gia'na Garel presents Planet Earth Planet Rap

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GypSEE Mama Gia'na Garel
Gia’na brings  five years of on-air co hosting and producing for nationally syndicated radio as former producer and co-host of Air America's On The Real with Chuck D.

As a radio personality she has grown an international fan base. She has over twenty years experience as a writer and producer for multiple mediums such as film and TV, copywriting as well as a columnist/essayist. She has been published in the New York Times best seller 'The Air America Playbook' and alongside Illyana Vanzant and others in the 'City of Wellness' anthology.

As a filmmaker she has written, produced/co-produced, and edited several 16-35mm film projects since 1989.

Planet EARTH, Planet RAP Content producers

Born and raised in South Africa, in the former homeland known as Transkei, Amkelwa Mbekeni grew up in the volatile political climate of the 80’s. Over a decade ago, she first flirted with doing radio in her university years at a campus radio station, while also being active in student politics.

She particularly fell in love with talk radio; a love which has taken her to the studios of Cape Town talk station (as well as one of the oldest community stations in South Africa). For a number of years she hosted a talk show focusing on a myriad of topics covering Arts and Culture, Human Rights and Gender Matters, as well as Labour Issues.

Her deep interest in retracing and reclaiming her cultural roots lead her to became one of the cofounders of a film production company, whose  primary focus is to find and tell African stories by African people.

Mikko Kapanen (once called a Hip-Hop citizen of the world) though world traveled, grew up in a quiet corner of Europe where he learned both politics and the English language from Public Enemy records. Besides Hip-Hop, Mikko became interested in radio at a relatively young age. After a quick stint in  pop radio he worked to create a concept for an educational entertainment radio program in Gaborone, Botswana.

In Birmingham, UK he officially became a student of the medium in an academic sense, while also working for a local station. For years Mikko hosted and produced a music specialist show focusing on Hip-Hop as a global movement on one of the oldest community stations in South Africa.

Besides music programs, he has produced news and current affairs content for public broadcasters both in South Africa and in Finland. Mikko also taught radio students in a university media department in Cape Town, South Africa.