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Reggae Music Rehearsal Shots

 

Stefano – Tracey – Egan – part of the Umojah Nation Family getting in a good rehearsal.

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Gunshots!

Just taking a quick moment to vent…

So tired of the gunshots, especially when I know that the guns are not manufactured in the city – and aimed at one another; when I know the profitable makers don’t appear to give a damn; when the media images pumped into the minds of many are purposefully put out to be consumed and devoured mostly by unassuming, unguarded youth.

So tired of the so-called activists thinking they are making a difference.

OK, I sound bitter – I will move forward.

Last night I heard 5 shots on the next street at about 1am.  Tell me that wouldn’t bother you!  And we love to blame our children, while celebrating “cOlUmBuS dAy and rHoDes Scholars”.  Lies, lies, propagandist lies.  I’m done for now…

Lift Up the Smoke Screen! Umojah Nation CD Release

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

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Joining us on stage will be throwback Umojah, Hybrid Shakedown and Passport Project

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On the Ngoma Vol. 2 – Umojah Nation at Jilly’s

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 severe creative droughts, usually due to drastic changes in my environment, like when I moved to Cleveland from the mid-south.

Admittedly so, I was lost for a while and wasn’t creating much of anything.  This went on for a while until I began working at the Solon Branch of Cuyahoga Public Library.   There I worked side by side with my supervisor who played guitar and allowed me to bring in small hand drums to play for children at various programs.  From there, I was introduced to a couple of playwrights and got involved in a stage play called These People out in Chagrin Falls, OH.  After that, I began to get that hunger back.  And now, the creativity flows daily and I am so excited to be alive and in these moments, surrounded by wonderful people who nurture me in the arts and also allow me to be myself.

With Umojah Nation, I feel the reggae music from a deep spiritual place.  The heartbeat that drives the music automatically puts me in a place of connection with the ancestors, with the struggle and hope of the Diaspora, as well as that of humanity.  I am blessed, and I am thankful.

 

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