Whenever I feel the heavy burdens of life I reach out to a hip-hop verse that I know pretty well. It gives me a familiar feeling and I feel powerful because I know the verse so well. Quick tip: As I sat in the car waiting to interview for my current librarian position, I listened … Continue reading Verses: Knocking off the Nerves
Doubt - Death - Disillusion? I have grown tired of living in a world full of hate and hurt. Whenever I begin to break out of such limited thinking and living, I found that so many negative energies seemingly exist just to put me back. I'm often reminded that... "Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady" … Continue reading “Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady”
The Umojah Nation crew opened for this immensely talented Sista - Etana - at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights. Love my reggae family! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6OummuSaIk
The long-awaited debut album for our reggae family called Umojah Nation is set! Check the flyer for details and get Ready, Ready to join us! - Peace http://www.umojahnation.com Joining us on stage will be throwback Umojah, Hybrid Shakedown and Passport Project http://www.umojahnation.com
Sometimes you don't know where inspiration will come from. I am about to start a bucket drumming club with youth at the local Harvey Rice School in Cleveland on Tuesdays. Since proclaiming that I would start such a club, I have been in need of a push - just a little nudge to give me some … Continue reading Ugandan Kids Choir – Inspiring!
So, after a small hiatus (it seems), Umojah Nation hit the stage this past weekend at Jilly's in Akron and we had an amazing time. I have so much fun with my band mates, we are such a family, and in many ways this has helped sustain my inner being. I have had periods of … Continue reading On the Ngoma Vol. 2 – Umojah Nation at Jilly’s
I've been slowly creeping into the Afrobeat world lately (at least in Cleveland). It all started when I went to the Femi Kuti concert at Beachland Balllroom a couple of years back. We were straight up blown away by the sights and sounds. It was colorful and loud, but that was okay because there were about 20 … Continue reading Navigating the Arts Vol. 7 – An intro to Afrobeat