Diana Hellson

Mamarudegyal MTHC, Niinahki (Head Bundle Girl), MamaEmpress, MRGtheDamager
Indigenous/First Nation Association(s): 
Blackfoot (Siksika Nation)

Mamarudegyal MTHC (Born Diana Hellson - 11, Ja n u a r y 19 9 2 ) is a Canadian Hip Hop and R&B Artist whose official musical career began on the 15th of December 2012.

After winning 1st place in Aboriginal Idol Showcase at age nine with Destiny’s Child’s “Jumpin Jumpin”, and continuing on her journey in the performing arts, Diana had found a home in the theatre, on the stage. Throughout her childhood and into her youth, Diana found herself on stage Acting, Singing, Dancing, Playing musical instruments, and finding opportunities that allowed her to learn skills in the Media Arts; Film, Photography and Animation. At the age of Sixteen Diana delivered the Spotlight monologue in the Vagina Monologues and was eventually winning over audiences in Southern AB through Theatre & performing Heavy Metal, Blues, Lounge and other genres of musical covers from 2005 - 2012, often as the lead vocalist and bassist of a band and other times as a solo artist with backing tracks.

While transitioning through motherhood, Diana stayed true to on her path by attending Hip Hop Dance workshops up to 6 Months pregnant and performing in Siksika Nation, AB at 5 weeks post-partum. By her 21st birthday Diana was a member of both Empirical Freedom Krump, Ellipsis Tree Theatre Collective and a backup Dancer for Calgary Indigenous rapper Lil Smokey. Diana had been involved in a plethora of arts workshops, projects, and performances and had an overwhelming arts resume to show for it. Her involvement with Empirical Freedom Krump (MPFree) and Ellipsis Tree Collective became a time of metamorphosis and discipline, shaping her identity as an artist and permanent member of the Hip Hop Community at large; and through her involvement with MPFree was given her KRUMP name (a name assigned to a dancer based on the style and personality that naturally occurs while doing KRUMP) "Mamardegyal", by leader of MPFree and long time Mentor, Reignmaker. 

November of 2012 provided a chance for Diana to break out onto Local Hip Hop scene through a slot on the Line up opening for Indigenous Rapper “Joey Styles”. Soon after her solo debut as Mamarudegyal, she was offered an opportunity to collaborate with Edmonton’s “Psych Ward Kidz (Deranged House Music)” on a song entitled “Dark Secrets”, a piece that provokes discussion of Residential School’s in North America, through speaking frankly of pain and trauma. Upon it’s release “Dark Secrets” found a following in the Aboriginal Hip Hop Community of Southern Alberta and Psych Ward Kidz began to include Mamarudegyal in their live performances regularly. 

By 2013 Mamarudegyal was performing regularly with Psych Ward Kidz, MPFree and Elipsis Tree, It had been a wonderful year for her career but nearing its end, things at home had become tenuous and she was faced with a decision. Stuck between a rock and a hard place and short on time MRG finally decided that the best decision for her and her family was to move from Calgary AB to Vancouver BC. 

July 15th 2014 MRG and her family landed at YVR and promptly found herself on stage the night of July 30th, 2014; a second debut to an entirely new audience . From that point on , MRG begun to surround herself with the local Hip Hop community in Surrey, Burnaby, New Westminster and Vancouver. Mamarudegyal MTHC has since become a valuable member of the BC Underground Hip Hop Scene, Winning Fraser Valley Music Awards in two categories, going up against 26 Vancouver Bands and taking 1st place in CiTR FM’s Battle of the Bands and winning multiple “Best Emcee” Contests has solidified her place in Hip Hop and is motivation to keep moving towards her goals.

 

My Philosophy as an artist has always focused on Authenticity and Identity, as well as Resistance. Remain Authentic, Explore and Honour your Identity, and Resist the Colonial Boundaries that seek to limit you in your Authenticity and Identity.

Throughout her transition into motherhood Diana continued on her path by attending Hip Hop Dance workshops at 6 Months pregnant and performing in Siksika Nation, AB at 5 weeks post-partum. By her 21st birthday Diana was a member of both Empirical Freedom Krump, Ellipsis Tree Theatre Collective and was a background Dancer for Calgary?s Lil Smokey. Diana had been involved in a plethora of arts workshops, projects, and performances and had an overwhelming arts resume to show for it. Her involvement with Empirical Freedom Krump (MPFree) and Ellipsis Tree Collective became a time of metamorphosis and discipline, shaping her identity as an artist and permanent member of the global Hip Hop Community; She became Mamarudegyal MTHC, a name chosen by ReignMaker the leader of MPFree. 

November of 2012 provided a chance for Diana to break out onto Local Hip Hop scene through a slot on the Line up opening for Canada’s “Joey Styles”. On the night of December 15, 2012, the Solo Entity known as Mamarudegyal (MRG) was born. Soon after her debut as Mamarudegyal, MRG was offered an opportunity to collaborate with Edmonton’s “Psych Ward Kidz (Deranged House Music)” on a very important piece of music. The song entitled “Dark Secrets” was to be a piece that provokes discussion of Residential School’s in North America, through speaking honestly of pain and anguish. Upon it’s release “Dark Secrets” found a following in the Aboriginal Hip Hop Community of Southern Alberta and in the midst of several bookings for Psych Ward Kidz, MRG was invited along for many of their shows to perform the popular new track. 

By 2013 Mamarudegyal was being offered several opportunities to get on the mic and show her solo skills in Open Mic Nights, small Locals showcases, as well as the performances with MPFree, Psych Ward Kidz and Ellipsis Tree. It had been a wonderful year for MRG's career but nearing its end things at home had become tenuous and she was faced with a decision that could either make or break her. Stuck between a rock and a hard place and short on time MRG finally decided that the best decision for her and her family was to move from Calgary AB to Vancouver BC. 

The morning of July 15th 2014 MRG awoke excited and ready for life?s changes, ready to be reinvented and see what the future holds. That evening she and her family landed at YVR; that was it, at that moment she had been born into her new self. Upon taking a short break to settle into her new life, Diana promptly found herself on stage the night of July 30th, 2014; a second debut to an entirely new audience . From that point on , MRG begun to surround herself with the local Hip Hop community in Surrey, Burnaby, New Westminster and Vancouver. Making appearances as often as possible gave MRG the opportunities to create many partnerships and alliances that allowed her to take her music further than ever before. Mamarudegyal continues to work towards her musical goals, collaborating with her peers, completing projects and performing regularly.

Awards: 
Best Hip Hop (Female) - Fraser Valley Music Awards 2017
Excellence in Performance by a Queer Artist - Fraser Valley Music Awards 2017
1st Place Winner - CiTR Shindig (Battle of the Bands 2018)
Location: 
Burnaby , British Columbia
Canada
British Columbia CA