DJ Kookum and Beany

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DJ Kookum. Photo: George Lawson
Beany. Photo supplied.

DJ Kookum and Beany


10:30pm – 2:00am
tanzhaus nrw

DJ Kookum

Kookum is a First Nations DJ and multimedia maker from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Kookum has been making a name for themself and remains no stranger in the community.

An open format DJ inspired by EDM and hip-hop, this diverse-mix-diva is a force on the decks and always keeps the party hype, fresh and unpredictable.

This multi-talented DJ tours internationally, performs at music festivals, facilitates workshops, mentors youth and works as a video editor and music supervisor in the film industry.

DJ Kookum will rock your mocs off and provide fun vibes for the party, playing a mixture of EDM, hip-hop and classic remixes. The DJ will be accompanied by traditional hoop and grass dancer Beany, who will entertain you with a traditional contemporary hip-hop fusion.


Crystal (Beany) John, Plains Cree and Taino is the Hoop and Grass Dancer for Kehewin Native Dance Theatre (KNDT).

Beany is a 2 Spirit champion Grass dancer and in March 2022 won 2nd place at the National Hoop Dance Championships in Arizona. She is currently the only woman in Canada given permission to be part of the Grass Dance Society and was initiated when she was 10 years old. Beany has been dancing and teaching Hoop Dance throughout Canada and the U.S. since 2004. She is one of four KNDT Hoop Dancers that toured with Nelly Furtado and her SPIRIT INDESTRUCTIBLE tour. Her mix of Hoop Dance and Hip Hop has been called “dynamic” and “exciting”. Her contemporary style is one of a kind and has a following throughout Canada and the United States.