How It All Started
Darshania was raised in California, a child of West Indian, Blackfoot Creole and Filipino heritage. Her mother was a recording artist, model and designer and growing up, she was in attendance at mom's rehearsals and always skimming through her record collection. She began writing rhymes as a child and frequented open mics and poetry events. Known then as Shania D., she recorded her first songs as a youth and received multiple scholarships to The Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco to study voice and theory. After graduating school she moved to Brooklyn , NY and attended IAR becoming a certified Audio Engineer at a time when women engineers were few to none. Upon graduating, she returned to California and continued her studies taking advanced ProTools and Audio Production Courses.
Returning to the Bay, she became a DJ and formed "Riddims Couture" with fellow lady Deejay Bella. They went on to host events highlighting other women artists and throwing some of the most body rocking parties in the Bay Area. Together they released " Ladies on Wax" an all-female mixtape that featured the duo as recording artists and Dj's. Darshania was a contributing writer and assistant editor for Yo! Youth Outlook magazine and wrote for other publications as well.
A move to Los Angeles brought her back in the company of longtime mentor and friend Aceyalone (Freestyle Fellowship, Goodlife) and she became a founding member of Project Blowed's " The Sis-Tem", an all-female group made up of 11 solo female artists. She headlined a DJ residency at The Historic "Little Temple" in Silverlake. The artist who always worked with youth in mentorship and after school programs, also started her own company Lovers Inc. The aim was to give youth the opportunity to learn art and participate in art events for free. The collective consisted of multi-disciplined artists who produced music and visual arts for the upliftement of humanity. Lovers Inc. provided art instruction, food to homeless and hosted blanket and clothing drives seasonally.
In a spark of synchronistic events , a tour in Europe promoting her "Hip Hop Honey" album on the We B Girlz Tour found her in the company of Legends Roxanne Shante' and Bahamadia. Following came " Female Perspective Mixtape" and "The Liberate FreeP" and "Be Free Now."
Her music has been featured in national campaigns, documentaries and short films. Her latest work with LA Beat Scene Pioneer Ras G, (Brainfeeder/Ghetto Sci-Fi) allows her full and complete artistic freedom with no limits set to the 808 laden drops Ras is known for. Taking a big hit and feeling of uncertain where to go after hearing of Ras G's untimely passing in 2019, Darshania released her album "Heart Chakra" featuring production by Ras in Winter 2021. Multiple videos and singles have been serviced and are circulating with
praise and appreciation for the new energy and healing that her music offers. Her visual art extends in range and she has had many gallery shows and museum exhibitions in the past few years. She launched her first clothing line through her Future Ancestar imprint which also functions as a record label, publishing house, and multimedia design company.
Darshania had been practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years and always had a genuine interest in mysticism, consciousness and awakening. She has been called upon to perform many ceremonies and as a facilitator for Vision Quests and Retreats. She is currently an initiate studying under an elder in the Dagara tradition. Darshania is a 400 hr YogaSkills Method Certified Kemetic Yoga instructor. She is also a Certified Meditation Instructor, Quantum Healer, Life Designer and Pranic Massage Therapy practitioner. She continues to provide immense value to her clients and students while honoring her role as leader in the community.
Darshania has guided hundreds in Kemetic Yoga, various healing rituals and workshops. She continues to empower the community to "Heal Thyself".
She works with youth, WOC, and those who are often overlooked. Her collaborations with organizations
such as Girls. Inc, Regina's Door and Queen Hippy Gypsy are just some of the many she has contributed to.
Her latest book " Fertile" features poetry, channels, and messages inspired by her time spent living in beautiful St. Croix, USVI. She is currently teaching yoga, and offering quantum healing and consultations whilst promoting her latest album "Heart Chakra".