“People throw representation like it’s a dirty word, but I believe representation is important, I want to see characters that look like me represented in my favourite things” – Shao Dow
In the UK, in October, we celebrate Black History Month, and, in this series, we will be showcasing a number of incredibly talented black content creators who are either in the anime industry or love anime as much as we do. As well as covering anime and their craft, we will also be covering topics around diversity, equity and inclusion.
Kicking of our Suuuper Anime Black History Month is Shao Dow!
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Rapper, Manga Author, Ninja
Shao Dow is an independent rapper, manga author and occasional ninja.
After studying Shaolin Kung Fu with the monks whilst living in China, Shao Dow utilised the tenacity and determination he learnt from his martial arts training to independently forge his music career.
It’s little wonder Shao scooped the AIM Award for Hardest Working Artist – he has self-released three albums, created a headphones brand and published a manga book series through his own company, DiY Gang Entertainment.
The London-born artist also appeared on ITV's Ninja Warrior UK and was invited into Parliament to speak on behalf of grassroots music venues across the country.
Known to rap in both English and Japanese, Shao is hard to define as just a regular artist. He constantly blurs the lines between anime (Japanese-style animation), martial arts and his own music and has worked with icons such as Sean Schemmel (the voice actor for Goku - Dragon Ball Z) and featured on the first single from Tech N9ne’s latest album.
Alongside his regular releases, Shao Dow is also working on the soundtrack for an online animated series with Mashed and Channel 4 –
the first episode achieved more than 1 million views on YouTube within two weeks. His music was also used as part of the soundtrack in the ‘All or Nothing: Arsenal’ documentary about Arsenal FC by Amazon Prime Video.
When it comes to performing live, Shao delivers an unforgettable stage show. Mixing skilful lyricism, infectious beats and Kung Fu, he creates an unparalleled live experience. He is currently nominated for ‘Best Live Performer’ at The AIM Independent Music Award 2022.
He has opened for Tech N9ne, R.A The Rugged Man, KRS-One, Stormzy, 6LACK, Skepta and more, has performed at Reading and Leeds festivals and has toured across the UK, Europe and Asia.
A truly unique Fire in the Booth with Charlie Sloth is the jewel in the crown of a plethora of radio shows, including Radio 1, 1xtra, Capital Xtra and BBC 6 Music.
“One of the hardest workers I’ve ever met in this”
Red Bull Music
“Shao Dow approaches everything he does with the same tenacity and discipline: you wouldn’t bet against him.”
Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music)
“A brilliant rapper with a wonderful flow”
DJ Semtex (Capital Xtra)
“One of the hardest working MCs in the game out here”
Alex Baker (Kerrang Radio)
“An incredible rap artist, he just grafts and I have so much respect for him"