BABA RAA EL
Moorish-American Griot, Teaching Artist, Arts Education Consultant, Healing Arts Consultant and your favorite neighborhood Storyteller joins us again for our 2019 Festival Concert. Residing in Central Region Ghana, Baba Raa El connects the continent of Afrika with New Afrika (the Western Hemisphere) through Drum, Song and Story.
Eli Va Va
Such good material in the hands of another artiste would have formed the basis for a couple of albums but singer Elivava has cramped all ten admirable tunes into one collection appropriately titled Elivava- I Live 4ever.
Meseya is an international musical ensemble, comprised of singers, dancers, rappers, and composers. Our members come from all parts of the world: the United States, South America, the Caribbean, and right here in Ghana. The group began because of our common belief in Yah and our desire to spread a positive message to our people. We have performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Kenya, and Ghana, at various venues including schools, community centers, prisons, universities, concert halls, outdoor festivals, and churches. In Ghana, we have performed on several occasions at the National Theater in Accra, the State House, Independence Square, and at various hotels and private venues throughout the country. We have performed with notable Ghanaian musicians such as Kojo Antwi, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Wiyaala, and Elivava. One unique feature of the band is that most of our members are women. We feature women on vocals, bass, saxophone, guitar, violin, cello, keyboard, drums, and on the dance floor. Our uniquely choreographed dances are specially performed to our original tunes. The name Meseya is an Akan word meaning Yas Language Agent. Mese means Yas language, and Ya is translated Agent or Lord. In other words, the one who is sent to speak Yas word. MESEYA. With original music and lyrics, we spread a positive cultural message, teaching our people to be proud to be African, recognizing that Ya has blessed us with a rich ancestral and cultural heritage. Our music educates, uplifts, and inspires listeners with soulful lyrics that touch the spiritual senses. Our purpose is to instill in our audiences pride in the triumphs of our ancestors, and to motivate them to become active participants in shaping the future.
Ọbádélé Kambon, PhD
Dr. Ọbádélé “Africano” Kambon has been a practitioner of Capoeira for 20 years with his studies taking him to train most notably in Salvador da Bahia, Brasil, Atlanta, GA (USA), Madison, WI (USA) and Chicago, IL (USA). He is also a member of the Special Advisory Group for the International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement under the auspices of UNESCO (ICM). Dr. Kambon spent his formative years in Chicago, IL, learning capoeira as a practical martial art for self-defense and offense and began instructing Capoeira in 2007 as part of Capoeira Akebelan. During this time he made a Capoeira pilgrimage to Brasil with his then instructor, Valentao, to study the Capoeira Angola style at Associacao da Capoeira Angola and Mestre Joao Pequenos academia while simultaneously studying Capoeira Regional as Academia da Capoeira Mestre Bimba. In this class, we will begin with a brief history of Capoeira from its Afrikan origin in Angola to its use as an instrument of liberation used by enslaved Afrikans in Brasil to free themselves up to more recent history. Then we will go into exercises tailored for Capoeira as well as some of the basic movements, attacks and escapes/defenses of Capoeira. We will conclude with a friendly roda, or light sparring session for students to get a chance to practice what they have learned. Dr. Ọbádéléis a senior research fellow & research coordinator in Language, Literature and Drama Section for the Institute of African Studies-College of Humanities at the University of Ghana-Legon. In addition, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Ghana Journal of Linguistics and the Secretary of the African Studies Association of African (ASAA). Email: email@example.com
Beatrice Afful is Ghana’s fitness Ambassador and a certified fitness expert, a Natural Health Therapist and a certified raw food expert; she helps individuals on how to effectively incorporate fitness and nutrition into their busy everyday lives. She strongly believe health and wellness is a personal conversation one must have in other not to look your age, Beatrice, popularly known as (Bea Debully) is in her fifties and has over a decade of experience in the fitness sector attesting to the tremendous impact on one’s health and looks. She is the founder of BeaFit and the lead trainer; she is also the official trainer of the award winning weight loss program called Fat2fit. Beadebully runs the biggest space open aerobics in the country at Aburi Mountains, Peduase Lodge, where she trains all kinds of people who walks up the hill every Saturday and holidays; she trains corporate institutions, companies, churches, groups, fitness clubs etc. Beatrice is a mother of three.
Afia Khalia is a well-known international Artist, Healer/massage Therapist and community activist; who uses her voice as an artist to shine light on our struggles and triumphs as a people. As a massage Therapist her specialty is in energy work. She is the Owner of GTT (Goddess Touch Therapy). And her services range from deep tissue massage, Acupressure, cranial sacral unwinding, to Body-mind readings, and spiritual readings. She also offers classes in massage therapy and energy work. Afia Khalia is also one of the Co-founders of H.E.R Collective. Which is based here in Ghana and its mission is to uplift and unify all Afrikans across cultural and ethnic lines. She is a mother, a Poet, a community activist, Pan Afrikanist and a New Afrikan nation builder.
JON CHRISTIAN AKA YAHCANAN
Strong of a magnetic personality and a powerful collection of songs, John Christian, aka Yahcanan, is a new artist to watch out within the hip-hop scene. His music is diverse, yet direct and personal, echoing the work of seminal performers the likes of Run-DMC, Kendrick Lamar, Wu-Tang Clan or Public Enemy, just to mention a few. The Hartford artist mastered the art of combining insightful lyricism with iconic melodies and a thought-provoking lyrical flow, leading to a unique set of songs and forward-thinking production aesthetics that blur the lines between the grit of the old school and the punch of modern production. On the scene as a rapper and producer since the age of 13, Yahcanan set out to develop a truly unique approach as a performer. His music and philosophy is nothing like the clichés and stereotypes of the rap scene: his lyrics and attitude repel misogyny, violence and drugs – on the contrary, he affirms his vision to share inspiration, knowledge and positivity through art and music. A soulful, passionate and charismatic artist, Yahcanan also worked and study hard to improve his production and audio engineering skills, as well as developing the entrepreneurial mindset that defines his endeavor and clever working ethics.
Viewing his works as a whole, one can easily see his philosophy in life visualized as a physical manifestation of spiritual journeys and lessons. Working with Poetry, Photography, Painting, Music and Graffiti, Kwabena Danso aka JaHWi can best be described as a multi-ability-artist with no boundaries. JaHWi has been a driving force in the underground music scene in Ghana over the last ten years, his unique fusion of sounds ranging from reggae to rock and hip hop. He has opened for the likes of Culture, Rocky Dawuni, Kofi Ghanaba, Tony Rebel, Mutabaruka and Dobet Gnahore. JaHWi’s debut album “Ancient Soul Cries” was released on 24th April 2013, He is currently in the studio working on a second. JaHWi blends a unique range of vocal skills with spoken word and beat boxing. He is passionate about social issues, with themes ranging from self-awareness, spiritual growth, immigration and African unity to Stories from the streets of Accra.
Natasha Brewley, better known as Chef Beee of Essentially Chef Beee|Nyansapo Wellness Institute, Inc. is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Author of the recipe book Let Plants Nourish You. The mission of Nyansapo Wellness Institute is to promote wellness through a plant-based diet and to educate individuals and communities to make healthy food and lifestyle choices that find difficulty making these changes on their own. She studied raw food preparation at the Living Foods Institute in Atlanta and gained her certification as an integrative nutrition health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. During her training, she was exposed to over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. She is currently working on a second health coaching certification through Legacy Holistic Health Institute. Chef Beee strives to help people transition to a plant-based diet by showing individuals how easy it is to prepare healthy meals by offering food preparation and demonstration classes. She hosts a bi-weekly plant-based cooking show on Facebook called, Stirrin’ It Up with Chef Beee and Friends where she demonstrates how to make simple and healthy plant-based meals. Chef Beee is also very passionate about sharing with others the benefits of certified pure essential oils in order to maintain balance in the body and mind. She also strives to introduce others to drugless and natural means to regain their health in order to experience true wellness. Chef Beee also holds her PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia, Masters in Applied Mathematics and MBA in Finance from Clark Atlanta University and Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College. You can find Chef Beee on social media and on the web on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. There you will find recipes and what Chef Beee is up to around the City of Atlanta. Visit www.ChefBeee.com for more information.
Penelope Prempeh is Certified Instructor in both Kemetic Yoga & Afrikan Yoga.
She has tought classes in England and Accre for a number of years.
A Health & Wellness Consultant whose practice advocates Natural products and healthy eating lifstyle.
She is also the owner of House of Prempeh Natural Skin & Haircare Brand.
Born in Houston, TX, the family moved to San Diego, CA, when Tassili Ma’at was five. She migrated to Atlanta, GA and made it her home over 30 years ago. Tassili is the owner and chef at Tassili’s Raw Reality Restaurant, the infamous vegan and raw food restaurant located in a big yellow house in Atlanta’s Historic West End. Featuring the signature dishes of Master Raw Food Chef Tassili, it is Atlanta’s premier vegan and raw food restaurant and the “go to spot” for healthy, fresh food and positive eclectic vibrations. The iconic cafe is known for the favorable dishes of spices and herbs that enliven the taste buds of anyone who has had the pleasure of dining there. After catering and vending for years, Tassili opened its doors on January 1, 2011. That was the seventh day of Kwanzaa, Imani. The Kiswahili word for “faith”, this was the starting principle for the restaurant and continues to permeate the spirit of Tassili’s Raw Reality, as well as her other business endeavors. Tassili has taken the entrepreneurial spirit which she had since childhood and combined it with her life’s purpose of nourishing others. By creating businesses that provide services that nurture and counsel both physically and emotionally, her destiny is manifesting. She not only owns a restaurant that nourishes people’s body, but also provides natural hair care and spiritual counseling services, and Kundalini Yoga Instruction. Her “livity” or purpose is to assist in the upliftment of humanity through her works. She seeks to empower people by inspiring, educating, and helping them to help themselves achieve and maintain a holistically healthy life. This includes a healthy body, mind, spirit, and soul. Her knowledge of nutrition and history makes her an advocate for a healthier lifestyle and people really enjoy her informative Raw Food classes and demos. Tassili’s first “un-cook book”, “Raw Recipes on the Go”, a delightful medley of Raw Alchemy is available.
Tassili is a mother of five wonderful individuals and grandmother of six bright stars. She holds a Bachelors Degree of Fine Art from the University of California, San Diego, 1988. She is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and an Aris Latham (the Godfather of Raw Food) Certified Raw Food Chef. Tassili is also an avid dancer, and in the backyard of the restaurant, exciting and enlightening events are held. The first Saturday in June, Tassili hosts “The Wonderful Wizards of Raw ~ A Raw Food Extravaganza” and during the Fall Equinox she hosts, “The Natural Mystic Fair”. Generous to a T, she also annually hosts the Anniversary of the blessing of the restaurant’s opening with a wonderful Imani Kwanzaa Celebration that includes a Karamu (Free Community Feast). Contact: Phone ~ 678‐886-5929 / Email ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.tassilisrawreality.com Tassili’s Raw Reality ~ 1059 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30310