October 20, 2020
Culture & Music
M.I.K Family was founded in 2006 in Berlin, Germany by Prince Ofori. The members are Prince Ofori, Isaac Kyere, Richmond Milewsky, Dennis Kyere, Gifty Lartey and Hermes Simao. The family is characterised by the believe that Mindset Is Key. This is what the initials in M.I.K Family stand for. However, the background history of the name stems from the family winning the first German Krump Championship in 2006, as a result of that, people from the streets started labelling the family as Monsters In Krump. What initially started as a dance crew in a youth club around the neighbourhood is much more than that today. Thriving from dance performances, social work, theatre, TV broadcasts, artist management, modelling, DJing, through to dance lessons, and event organisation. M.I.K Family has been able to create a widely renowned brand for themselves within the entertainment industry. Today, the family is seen as an iconic figure in their community, not only for their contribution in arts and entertainment but also for their ability to turn their struggles into something meaningful through art. Being black in Germany meant that the family had to work twice as hard to gain the position that they’re in, and their love and support for each other was the remedy to collectively aim for greatness. This created a role model function for the younger generation of black creatives in Germany. The family places high value on belongingness and love for each other, and their community. Letting everyone thrive into becoming the best versions of themselves and breaking stereotypes that society places on them. The believe that everyone should explore their roots is at core value for the family. Therefore, being of African descent is something that they treasure with great pride. ‘Sankofa’ is a symbol that stems from the Ghanaian ideology (named Adinkra) and stands for “It is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot”. This ideology has accompanied the family during their journey through life and reminds them to remember their roots.