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"Begin doing what you want to do now…We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake…"
- ~Frances Bacon, Sr. #bliss
Me (Imani Uzuri ) and my #NorthCarolina Brother, scholar and satorialist Matthew D. Morrison repping for the upcoming #SinnersandSaints Festival (a 4 day festival celebrating Black American Vernacular Culture) before our #BKLive appearance promoting the festival Here is the link to our segment: https://vimeo.com/87214645 Radiant Thanks to the segment producer Kecia Élan and the whole amazing BK Live team!!! Sinners and Saints Festival starts next Wed Feb 26-Sat March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn! Here is the link for more details and to purchase $10 for each night or a $30 all festival pass:
http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/
#bliss 

(vocalist, composer and cultural worker Imani Uzuri and musicologist Matthew D. Morrison, Feb 2014)

Me (Imani Uzuri ) and my #NorthCarolina Brother, scholar and satorialist Matthew D. Morrison repping for the upcoming #SinnersandSaints Festival (a 4 day festival celebrating Black American Vernacular Culture) before our #BKLive appearance promoting the festival Here is the link to our segment: https://vimeo.com/87214645 Radiant Thanks to the segment producer Kecia √Član and the whole amazing BK Live team!!! Sinners and Saints Festival starts next Wed Feb 26-Sat March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn! Here is the link for more details and to purchase $10 for each night or a $30 all festival pass:
http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/
#bliss

(vocalist, composer and cultural worker Imani Uzuri and musicologist Matthew D. Morrison, Feb 2014)

Welcoming all SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

Imani Uzuri curates 
SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Feb 26-March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn) celebrating Black American vernacular culture (Ring Shouts, Spirituals, Blues, early Gospel, Line Singing, Praise Houses, Jazz) and their contemporary counterparts! 

(TICKETS: $10 per night and $30 all Festival Passes available! Advance purchase is recommended. 
Tickets available here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/)

WED FEB 26TH 7:30PM- SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT features musical guests rollicking, clapping, playin’ and saangin’ low down dirty Blues AND catchin’ the Holy Ghost while praising through Spirituals, early Gospel and Line-Singing old metered hymns; exploring the ways in which secular and sacred (sometimes even profane) often intertwine in these Black American cultural forms. 
The night will feature powerhouse performances by Imani Uzuri, Courtney Bryan, Marvin Sewell, Tyehimba Jess, Fredara Mareva Hadley, Jarvis McInnis, Rozz Nash, Mikel Banks and surprise special guests followed by a high octane panel discussion moderated by Matthew D. Morrison (Ph. D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia). Come bring your tambourine and your flask of moon shine for this Juke Joint/Chuuuch mash up!!

THURS FEB 27TH 7:30PM: special musical staged reading of Karma Mayet Johnson’s INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA

At the intersection of ancestral conjure, herstorical fact, and raw ritual, INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA investigates the lesbian roots of the Blues through the lens of two lovers who refused to remain enslaved. Take the journey back to 1853 and remember…ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
followed by artist talk with playwright, composer and performer Karma Mayet Johnson moderated by composer, vocalist, culture worker Toshi Reagon

FRIDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM: BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES panel moderated by cultural critic Greg Tate followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY f/ the legendary DJ Reborn and Afro Mosaic Soul!

Cultural critic, musician and Black Rock Coalition co-founder Greg Tate moderates Black Vernacular Sounds and Moves roundtable discussion with practitioners DJ. Reborn, Shalewa Mackall (MUV), Brian Polite (Afro Mosaic Soul) and Rashida Bumbray (Run Mary Run) discussing the vibrant interplay between music and dance within the traditions of Ring Shouts, Cake Walks, Swing Dancing, etc, and how these systems have continued, expanded and transformed in contemporary DJ (House, Soul, 
Detroit Techno, Hip-Hop) and club dance culture via legendary underground spaces like the Chicago House clubs, New York’s The Loft, Paradise Garage, DC’s Go-Go clubs and other contemporary spaces. AND THEN WE DANCE 9-12MIDNITE RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY with legendary DJ Reborn!!

SAT MARCH 1ST 7:30PM: SINNERS AND SAINTS CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA with Imani Uzuri’s NEW band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! This raucous discussion and closing night concert features Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests Darius Jones (saxophone), Marika Hughes (cello), Guthrie Ramsey (piano), Graham Haynes (trumpet), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and more musical surprises. WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

TICKETS are only $10 each night and $30 all Festival Passes are also available! Advance purchase is recommended. #bliss
http://www.jackny.org/imani-uzuri-curates.html

(photo: Imani Uzuri standing on maternal ancestor’s porch in rural North Carolina)

Welcoming all SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

Imani Uzuri curates
SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Feb 26-March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn) celebrating Black American vernacular culture (Ring Shouts, Spirituals, Blues, early Gospel, Line Singing, Praise Houses, Jazz) and their contemporary counterparts!

(TICKETS: $10 per night and $30 all Festival Passes available! Advance purchase is recommended.
Tickets available here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/)

WED FEB 26TH 7:30PM- SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT features musical guests rollicking, clapping, playin’ and saangin’ low down dirty Blues AND catchin’ the Holy Ghost while praising through Spirituals, early Gospel and Line-Singing old metered hymns; exploring the ways in which secular and sacred (sometimes even profane) often intertwine in these Black American cultural forms.
The night will feature powerhouse performances by Imani Uzuri, Courtney Bryan, Marvin Sewell, Tyehimba Jess, Fredara Mareva Hadley, Jarvis McInnis, Rozz Nash, Mikel Banks and surprise special guests followed by a high octane panel discussion moderated by Matthew D. Morrison (Ph. D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia). Come bring your tambourine and your flask of moon shine for this Juke Joint/Chuuuch mash up!!

THURS FEB 27TH 7:30PM: special musical staged reading of Karma Mayet Johnson’s INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA

At the intersection of ancestral conjure, herstorical fact, and raw ritual, INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA investigates the lesbian roots of the Blues through the lens of two lovers who refused to remain enslaved. Take the journey back to 1853 and remember…ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
followed by artist talk with playwright, composer and performer Karma Mayet Johnson moderated by composer, vocalist, culture worker Toshi Reagon

FRIDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM: BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES panel moderated by cultural critic Greg Tate followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY f/ the legendary DJ Reborn and Afro Mosaic Soul!

Cultural critic, musician and Black Rock Coalition co-founder Greg Tate moderates Black Vernacular Sounds and Moves roundtable discussion with practitioners DJ. Reborn, Shalewa Mackall (MUV), Brian Polite (Afro Mosaic Soul) and Rashida Bumbray (Run Mary Run) discussing the vibrant interplay between music and dance within the traditions of Ring Shouts, Cake Walks, Swing Dancing, etc, and how these systems have continued, expanded and transformed in contemporary DJ (House, Soul,
Detroit Techno, Hip-Hop) and club dance culture via legendary underground spaces like the Chicago House clubs, New York’s The Loft, Paradise Garage, DC’s Go-Go clubs and other contemporary spaces. AND THEN WE DANCE 9-12MIDNITE RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY with legendary DJ Reborn!!

SAT MARCH 1ST 7:30PM: SINNERS AND SAINTS CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA with Imani Uzuri’s NEW band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! This raucous discussion and closing night concert features Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests Darius Jones (saxophone), Marika Hughes (cello), Guthrie Ramsey (piano), Graham Haynes (trumpet), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and more musical surprises. WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

TICKETS are only $10 each night and $30 all Festival Passes are also available! Advance purchase is recommended. #bliss
http://www.jackny.org/imani-uzuri-curates.html

(photo: Imani Uzuri standing on maternal ancestor’s porch in rural North Carolina)

"i am so happy to have art as an expressive tool for healing, anger, pain, joy, revolution, transformation, bliss and more. may your muse lead you to grace and serenity. love you all."
- ~imani uzuri #thislittlelightofmineimgonnaletitshine #bliss
this is a musical sketch representing how i am feeling about the injustices in the world today. the lyrics are based on my longer statement below. 
https://imani-uzuri.bandcamp.com/track/i-am-angry-crossing-borders

"i am angry. angry because we no longer have Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Islan Nettles, Aiyana Mo’nay Stanley-Jones and the list goes on. angry because there is a poster in New Jersey offering money for Assata Shakur, Mumia is still in jail and Edward Snowden is in exile. i am angry because folks live on reservations, folks live in ghettos, folks die everyday crossing borders. i am angry because sexual abuse is accepted by communities and known perpetrators are getting prestigious awards, selling millions of albums and being invited to family gatherings. i am angry because i can’t trust the labels on the food i buy, i can’t trust the gardens that grow my kale, i can’t trust nothing because lies are the truth of our day. i can’t trust nothing because lies are the truth of our day." ~imani uzuri, Feb 16, 2014

(photo by Bayete Ross Smith)

this is a musical sketch representing how i am feeling about the injustices in the world today. the lyrics are based on my longer statement below.
https://imani-uzuri.bandcamp.com/track/i-am-angry-crossing-borders

"i am angry. angry because we no longer have Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Islan Nettles, Aiyana Mo’nay Stanley-Jones and the list goes on. angry because there is a poster in New Jersey offering money for Assata Shakur, Mumia is still in jail and Edward Snowden is in exile. i am angry because folks live on reservations, folks live in ghettos, folks die everyday crossing borders. i am angry because sexual abuse is accepted by communities and known perpetrators are getting prestigious awards, selling millions of albums and being invited to family gatherings. i am angry because i can’t trust the labels on the food i buy, i can’t trust the gardens that grow my kale, i can’t trust nothing because lies are the truth of our day. i can’t trust nothing because lies are the truth of our day." ~imani uzuri, Feb 16, 2014

(photo by Bayete Ross Smith)

i am angry (crossing borders), by Imani Uzuri

this is a musical sketch representing how i am feeling about the injustices in the world today. the lyrics are based on my longer statement below.
https://imani-uzuri.bandcamp.com/track/i-am-angry-crossing-borders

"i am angry. angry because we no longer have Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Islan Nettles, Aiyana Mo’nay Stanley-Jones and the list goes on. angry because there is a poster in New Jersey offering money for Assata Shakur, Mumia is still in jail and Edward Snowden is in exile. i am angry because folks live on reservations, folks live in ghettos, folks die everyday crossing borders. i am angry because sexual abuse is accepted by communities and known perpetrators are getting prestigious awards, selling millions of albums and being invited to family gatherings. i am angry because i can’t trust the labels on the food i buy, i can’t trust the gardens that grow my kale, i can’t trust nothing because lies are the truth of our day. i can’t trust nothing because lies are the truth of our day." ~imani uzuri, Feb 16, 2014

"today is hard…a place for anger is an important place to have as we grieve and heal. this is a dangerous world we live in…"
- ~imani uzuri
"animals have more compassion than we do. they only hunt for food. we as humans destroy indiscriminately for greed and hatred. i wanna be a hummingbird or a gazelle if i have the chance next life."
- ~imani uzuri
Hush Arbors (hidden “safe” spaces created by enslaved African-Americans in wooded areas throughout the southern United States as a place to secretly worship, commune, transcend, strategize, revolt and plan escape) have been my obsession for the last couple of years.  African-American Spirituals were communally created in spaces such as these. I’m facilitating a special session of my interactive workshop Hush Arbors: Living Legacies of African-American Spirituals today 2-4pm at the legendary Apollo Theater for children and their families. Bring a tambourine, your feet to stomp, your hands to clap and your voices to sing songs from this body of music deemed a “national treasure” including “This Little Light of Mine”, “Deep River” and “Wade In The Water”! ~imani uzuri #bliss
https://apolloeducation.org/calendar/calendar/details/37:family_workshop_hush_arbor

(Imani Uzuri, photo by Shawn Lee)

Hush Arbors (hidden “safe” spaces created by enslaved African-Americans in wooded areas throughout the southern United States as a place to secretly worship, commune, transcend, strategize, revolt and plan escape) have been my obsession for the last couple of years. African-American Spirituals were communally created in spaces such as these. I’m facilitating a special session of my interactive workshop Hush Arbors: Living Legacies of African-American Spirituals today 2-4pm at the legendary Apollo Theater for children and their families. Bring a tambourine, your feet to stomp, your hands to clap and your voices to sing songs from this body of music deemed a “national treasure” including “This Little Light of Mine”, “Deep River” and “Wade In The Water”! ~imani uzuri #bliss
https://apolloeducation.org/calendar/calendar/details/37:family_workshop_hush_arbor

(Imani Uzuri, photo by Shawn Lee)

Proud to be mentioned in the The New York Times this weekend along with gospel legend #ShirleyCaesar for our respective participation in Apollo Theater’s Open House Weekend to celebrate their 80th anniversary and Black history month!~imani uzuri #bliss

Proud to be mentioned in the The New York Times this weekend along with gospel legend #ShirleyCaesar for our respective participation in Apollo Theater’s Open House Weekend to celebrate their 80th anniversary and Black history month!~imani uzuri #bliss

SAVE THE DATE: This upcoming Friday Feb 7, 2014 4pm-5:30pm
#IRAAS (Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York) presents Conversations | Vocalist, composer and cultural worker Imani Uzuri moderated by Matthew D. Morrison, Ph.D. candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia University. Topic: “COMPOSING LIVING LEGACIES IN SPIRITUALS, SOUND AND SONG” -See more at: http://www.iraas.com/#sthash.KYdad4oN.dpuf

SAVE THE DATE: This upcoming Friday Feb 7, 2014 4pm-5:30pm
#IRAAS (Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York) presents Conversations | Vocalist, composer and cultural worker Imani Uzuri moderated by Matthew D. Morrison, Ph.D. candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia University. Topic: “COMPOSING LIVING LEGACIES IN SPIRITUALS, SOUND AND SONG” -See more at: http://www.iraas.com/#sthash.KYdad4oN.dpuf

Welcoming all SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

Imani Uzuri curates 
SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Feb 26-March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn) celebrating Black American vernacular culture (Ring Shouts, Spirituals, Blues, early Gospel, Line Singing, Praise Houses, Jazz) and their contemporary counterparts! 

(TICKETS: $10 per night. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Feb. 5 here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/)

WED FEB 26TH 7:30PM- SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT features musical guests rollicking, clapping, playin’ and saangin’ low down dirty Blues AND catchin’ the Holy Ghost while praising through Spirituals, early Gospel and Line-Singing old metered hymns; exploring the ways in which secular and sacred (sometimes even profane) often intertwine in these Black American cultural forms. 
The night will feature powerhouse performances by Imani Uzuri, Courtney Bryan, Marvin Sewell, Tyehimba Jess, Fredara Mareva Hadley, Jarvis McInnis, Rozz Nash, Mikel Banks and surprise special guests followed by a high octane panel discussion moderated by Matthew D. Morrison (Ph. D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia). Come bring your tambourine and your flask of moon shine for this Juke Joint/Chuuuch mash up!!

THURS FEB 27TH 7:30PM: special musical staged reading of Karma Mayet Johnson’s INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA

At the intersection of ancestral conjure, herstorical fact, and raw ritual, INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA investigates the lesbian roots of the Blues through the lens of two lovers who refused to remain enslaved. Take the journey back to 1853 and remember…ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
followed by artist talk with playwright, composer and performer Karma Mayet Johnson moderated by composer, vocalist, culture worker Toshi Reagon

FRIDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM: BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES panel moderated by cultural critic Greg Tate followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY f/ the legendary DJ Reborn and Afro Mosaic Soul!

Cultural critic, musician and Black Rock Coalition co-founder Greg Tate moderates Black Vernacular Sounds and Moves roundtable discussion with practitioners DJ. Reborn, Shalewa Mackall (MUV), Brian Polite (Afro Mosaic Soul) and Rashida Bumbray (Run Mary Run) discussing the vibrant interplay between music and dance within the traditions of Ring Shouts, Cake Walks, Swing Dancing, etc, and how these systems have continued, expanded and transformed in contemporary DJ (House, Soul, 
Detroit Techno, Hip-Hop) and dance culture via underground spaces like the historical Chicago House clubs, New York’s Loft and Paradise Garage and nore. AND THEN WE DANCE 9-12MIDNITE RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY with legendary DJ Reborn!!

SAT MARCH 1ST 7:30PM: SINNERS AND SAINTS CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA with Imani Uzuri’s NEW band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! This raucous discussion and closing night concert features Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests Darius Jones (saxophone), Marika Hughes (cello), Guthrie Ramsey (piano), Graham Haynes (trumpet), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and more musical surprises. WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

TICKETS are only $10 each night #bliss
http://www.jackny.org/imani-uzuri-curates.html

(photo: Imani Uzuri standing on maternal ancestor’s porch in rural North Carolina)

Welcoming all SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

Imani Uzuri curates
SINNERS AND SAINTS: a 4 day festival (Feb 26-March 1st at JACK in Brooklyn) celebrating Black American vernacular culture (Ring Shouts, Spirituals, Blues, early Gospel, Line Singing, Praise Houses, Jazz) and their contemporary counterparts!

(TICKETS: $10 per night. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Feb. 5 here: http://sinnersandsaints.brownpapertickets.com/)

WED FEB 26TH 7:30PM- SINNERS AND SAINTS FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT features musical guests rollicking, clapping, playin’ and saangin’ low down dirty Blues AND catchin’ the Holy Ghost while praising through Spirituals, early Gospel and Line-Singing old metered hymns; exploring the ways in which secular and sacred (sometimes even profane) often intertwine in these Black American cultural forms.
The night will feature powerhouse performances by Imani Uzuri, Courtney Bryan, Marvin Sewell, Tyehimba Jess, Fredara Mareva Hadley, Jarvis McInnis, Rozz Nash, Mikel Banks and surprise special guests followed by a high octane panel discussion moderated by Matthew D. Morrison (Ph. D. Candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia). Come bring your tambourine and your flask of moon shine for this Juke Joint/Chuuuch mash up!!

THURS FEB 27TH 7:30PM: special musical staged reading of Karma Mayet Johnson’s INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA

At the intersection of ancestral conjure, herstorical fact, and raw ritual, INDIGO, A BLUES OPERA investigates the lesbian roots of the Blues through the lens of two lovers who refused to remain enslaved. Take the journey back to 1853 and remember…ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
followed by artist talk with playwright, composer and performer Karma Mayet Johnson moderated by composer, vocalist, culture worker Toshi Reagon

FRIDAY FEB 28TH 7:30PM: BLACK VERNACULAR SOUNDS AND MOVES panel moderated by cultural critic Greg Tate followed by RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY f/ the legendary DJ Reborn and Afro Mosaic Soul!

Cultural critic, musician and Black Rock Coalition co-founder Greg Tate moderates Black Vernacular Sounds and Moves roundtable discussion with practitioners DJ. Reborn, Shalewa Mackall (MUV), Brian Polite (Afro Mosaic Soul) and Rashida Bumbray (Run Mary Run) discussing the vibrant interplay between music and dance within the traditions of Ring Shouts, Cake Walks, Swing Dancing, etc, and how these systems have continued, expanded and transformed in contemporary DJ (House, Soul,
Detroit Techno, Hip-Hop) and dance culture via underground spaces like the historical Chicago House clubs, New York’s Loft and Paradise Garage and nore. AND THEN WE DANCE 9-12MIDNITE RINGSHOUT DANCE PARTY with legendary DJ Reborn!!

SAT MARCH 1ST 7:30PM: SINNERS AND SAINTS CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA with Imani Uzuri’s NEW band PRAISE HOUSE, exploring improvisation as an ecstatic tradition! This raucous discussion and closing night concert features Imani Uzuri (vocals, tambourine) and very special musical guests Darius Jones (saxophone), Marika Hughes (cello), Guthrie Ramsey (piano), Graham Haynes (trumpet), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and more musical surprises. WELCOMING ALL SINNERS AND SAINTS!!!

TICKETS are only $10 each night #bliss
http://www.jackny.org/imani-uzuri-curates.html

(photo: Imani Uzuri standing on maternal ancestor’s porch in rural North Carolina)