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"Our people are connected in history and spirit. We are a rainbow of customs and colors, that enrich our lives and join us to one another in heritage and heart."
Maya Angelou (1928-2014) , African American poet, writer, actress, singer
"One love , one heart... Let's get together and feel all right."
Bob Nesta Marley(1945-1981), Jamaican Reggae singer ,song writer, musician guitarist
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Frederick Douglas (1818-1895) , African-American orator, writer, social reformer
"Cesária has in many ways become a symbol of the authentic homeland for Cape Verdean immigrants, a figure of great nostalgia and reverence. . "
(Project Muse, Carla Martin) about Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora, a.k.a. The Barefoot Diva (1941-2011)
"My "krar" (Traditional string lyre) is my best friend, and love is my wealth and fortune
Asnatch Worku, Ethiopian singer and actress
"Hold fast to your dreams, for without them, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."
Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967). American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. Jazz poetry Innovator
"I believe extraordinary things are performed by ordinary people with extraordinary intentions. Use your uniqueness to create extraordinary deeds!"
Felicia Mabuza Suttle (1950-present) South African former talk show hostess, entrepreneur
Waterfall on the Blue Nile river in Ethiopia. known as Tis Abay in Amharic
Blue Nile Falls
"Marathon in my country, is just like soccer in England"
Haile Gebreselassie (1973-present) - Ethiopian athlete, Winner of Olympic Gold Medals/World Championships
2005 BBC World Music Award Winner
Mahmoud Ahmed - Ethiopia
"Every legend, moreover, contains its residium of truth and, the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it."
James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American novelist essayist,poet,playwright
Yvonne Chaka Chaka,a.k.a. Princess of Africa (1965-present)
Award-winning South African singer and humanitarian
South African Musician, Singer, Composer and Band Leader
"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you."
Oprah Winfrey (1954-present) African-American media proprietor, talk show host, producer/actress
" People who come to our concerts will get a deep impression of Malian culture."
Omu Sangare (1968-present) Malian Singer, a.k.a. Songbird of Wassulou
"My songs reflect the human condition.The role of art isn't just to show life as it is, but to show life as it should be."
Harold (Harry) Belafonte - (1927-present) American musician,actor of Jamaican ancestry
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) Jamaican journalist, orator, publisher, entrepreneur
The largest mud-brick building in the world; a Sudano-Sahelian architectural style
Great Mosque of Djenne (built in 1907 in the town of Djenne, central Mali)
"UNESCO World Heritage Site One of the spectacular underground cave systems in the world"
Sof Omar Caves - Bale National Park, Ethiopia
"My goal in life is to give the world what I was lucky to receive:- The extasy of divine union through my music & dance."
Michael Joseph Jackson. (1958-2009) African-American Recording Artist and Entertainer
"Salif Keita is one of a handful of African musicians, who have won acceptance by Western mass audiences. To his credit, he has diluted neither his message nor his distinctive Malian style in order to make this breakthrough.
Comment on songs by Malian singer - Salif Keita
"I will sing until the last day of my life"
Miriam "Zenzi" Makeba - Legendary South African Singer and Activist, (1932-2008)
" I grew up in an atmosphere where words were an integral part of culture."
Akinwande Wole Soyinka (1934-present) Nigerian poet, author, play wright
"This was the first 'rock church', I had ever seen; and it was literally chiselled out of the solid rock that continued the pavement on which we had been walking" Hence the name "Rock Churches " of Lalibela. The Rock-Churches, are on the World Heritage L
"Romuald J. Barry CM, Admiring the architectural beauty of Lalibela"
Toni Morrison (1931-present) African-American novelist,editor, professor
"I merged those two words, black and feminist, because I was surrounded by black women, who were very tough and always assumed they had to work, rear children and manage homes."
Considered the greatest boxer of the 21st century. "He, who is not courageous enough to take risks in life, will accomplish nothing"
Mohammed Ali, ( (1941-present))
"Fela Kuti is to Afrobeat Music, what Bob Marley is to Reggae -- its PROPHET!".(Afrobeat music is "a blend of American jazz, funk and pop with West African highlife music"
Nigerian singer-composer, trumpet, sax, guitar& keyboard player, creator of "Afrobeat" music - Fela Ransome Kuti, 1938 -1997
World Heritage site, Axum Monuments - Ethiopia
African - American singer, composer and actor
Isaac Hayes, 1942 - 2008
Kente, a ceremonial cloth, hand-woven on a horizontal treadle loom.
The term "Kente" has its roots in the word "kenten", which means basket, due to the interwoven basket-like design cloth strips on the fabric. Kente Cloth, is mainly native to the Akan people of Ghana and Cote D'ivoire
Tibeb, similar to kente
Similar to "Kente", a colorful hand-woven multi-color fabric called "Tibeb" is woven by Ethiopian weavers using traditional looms. The "Tibeb" is mostly woven with a cremmish transparent fabric called "shemma". The term "Tibeb" means "Art"
"There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone."
Edward "Duke" Ellington (1899-1974) African-American composer, pianist and jazz band leader
"Manu Dibango, also known as "The Lion of Cameroun", is extraordinarily versatile, having played almost every style of music you care to mention - soul, reggae, jazz, spirituals, blues."Excerpt from: African Musicians Profiles
MANU DIBANGO - Camerounian musician and producer
"Anyone who is creating poetry, music, or paintings, will know that he will always be suspended between praise and criticism and need not be affected by the whirlwind of conflicting ideas, but follow his own ideas, instead."
Gebrekristos Desta - Ethiopian Poet and Artist Extraordinaire. 1932 - 1981
"What she did to me just pierced me to the core. I decided right then and there that that's what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to do to somebody what she did to me."
Renowned African-American R&B singer, multiple Grammy Award Winner - Luther Vandross, expressing admiration for Diane Waricks's singing style after watching her concert when he was 14 years of age
"In our country, poetry is the spice of cultural vississitudes. Wedding ceremonies and fanfare, funeral serices and mourning are accompanied by poetic expressions and strands of poem, steadfastly knitting together the different cultural values"
Nebiy Mekonnen - Renowned Ethiopian Poet, Author and Print Media Journalist
Ethiopian Poet/Playwright Blatengeta Laureate Tsegaye G/Medhin
Speaking of African studies or of Africa, the origin of all living things, the origin of human kind and the origin of the first civilization, very little is known, very little has been discovered so far and a great deal more remains to be studied.
"I sleep music, I eat music, I'm never without music……. That’s my first lady."
African-American singer, song-writer, record producer - Barry White, 1932-2008
"On one of her fashion shows, I witnessed that Omu Sy's genious lay in creating a splendid visual encapsulation and indeed a celebration of African Renaissance"
Nicole L. Smith - World TV Report, On Senegalese Fashion Designer Omu Sy (Senegal's Queen of Couture)
"Mosi ao Tunya", Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Zambia.
World Heritage Site
Castle of Gonder -: Ethiopia
Word Heritage Site
"Soul music is cultural, and it should forever be enshrined as one of the world's gratest forms of music. it is a people, a nation!"
African-American Singer "The Queen of Soul" - Aretha Franklin
Serengeti National Game Reserve, Tanzania
World Heritage site
Goree Island is the historic site on the West African coast where hundreds of thousands of captured men, women and children were rounded up in chains to be shipped to servictude in the New World.
Goree Island, Senegal. World Heritage Site
"Egypts pyramids keep their magic at dawn, they have 4500 years of history. Although moisture, winds and traffic fumes have taken their toll, these ancient wonders are still a stunning sight, turning soft golden brown as the sun rises."
The Boston Globe April, 1991
"Five decades and over 300 songs later, he sung with a soaring voice, performed well with the epitome of relaxation, Wardi is a legend, a Sudanese musical encyclopedia."
Audience admiration for Sudanese singer and songwriter - Mohammed Wardi, Awardee of Honorary Doctorate from University of Khartoum
Telahoun Gessesse (1940- 2009)
Legendary Ethiopian singer
"Gospel music will last as long as any music, because it is sung straight from the human heart"
Mahalia Jackson or "Queen of Gospel" 1911-1972, Gospel Singer, TV Personality, Human rights activist
Singer Mary Armidie - Ethiopia
" As cultural nationalists, we believe that you must rescue and reconstruct African history and culture to revitalize African culture today in America."
Mawuana Karenga (Swahili name for master teacher) - Founding Father of Kwanza Celebrations
A renowned team back in the 1960s
Ras Band Members-:Ethiopia
2005 Kora Award Winner - Ethiopia
Tsdenia G. Markos
Merawi Sitot Award-winning Ethiopian musician/composer
"In our beginnings lies our journey's end."
Kofi Awoonor (1935-2013) -Ghanaian poet/author
Girma Yifrashewa (1967-present) - Ethiopian pianist
Mulatu Astatke,a.k.a Father of Ethio-Jazz Award-winning Ethiopian composer, musician
Renowned Ethiopian pianist, composer and arranger Teferra Mekonnen
Chase the Dream envisions at exploring the wealth of cultural and traditional heritage of society, which defines and inspires people as being their potent and inherent mark of identity.
In this vast endeavor, Chase the Dream, particularly delves into the deep ocean of arts, music, culture, history,fashion and beauty of the indigenous people of Africa and all their off-shoots scattered around the globe.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2017 Embracing the Mosaic of Our Cultures: An Evening of Cultures," September 22, 2017
The “Evening of Cultures” is a multi-cultural/humanitarian event that aims to bring musicians, designers and artists from different countries to showcase their respective talent and creations. This forum of PEACE, UNITY and togetherness is an evening where beauty in diversity is celebrated.
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|Background Music #1 and 3 - Courtesy: Dawit Firew Hailu, Ethiopian clarinet player/song writer||Background Music # 2- Courtesy:George Benson, African American guitarist/song writer||Bakground Music # 4 - Courtesy: Tilahun W/Giorgis, Ethiopian saxophonist/arranger|