Singer Traditional, Blues, Pop, Rock, Jazz Acapella or with backing tracks; also have a vocal/guitar duo My vocal background is in choral music, and I have been singing since I was a child having been in various church, community and secular choirs. During my teens, my sisters and I had a harmony group specialising in acapella doowop, traditional, gospel, swing forms. Currently performing interpretive popular material and developing original music spoken word pieces to music.
Writer My background is in factual writing including reviews and analysis about music, dance, visual art, theatre, literature, feminist theoretical writing, independent and experimental film, Black and women's history, and oral traditions such as dub poetry. Most of my writing explores the history and social impact of music and other art forms and the significance of producers of art. I have over 15 years promotion, journalism and broadcast experience. My writing background has also led me to develop skills managing web sites and coordinating online promotion for other artists. Currently I am working on a small book of poetry and my first published poem will be part of a new anthology of Black Canadian poetry in 2013. Currently I am scrapbooking online excerpts and pieces of writing from my history combining creative, journalistic writing, and poetry at my blog, http://griots.net.
Independent Promoter / Artist Booking Support I currently provide artist booking and promotion support using my arts and entertainment industry experience, through my online service http://www.griotsarts.com.
For many years I worked as a club DJ in Toronto, Canada at popular clubs and for film/tv industry parties. I helped promote a series of parties for P Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment and for many years was lead promotions person for LIP (Toronto) promoting Burning Spear, Gil Scot-Heron, Third World, and many others. Assisted with LIP stage management for Nelson Mandela's first visit to Toronto.
As part of Black History Month 2004 and 2005, I produced and hosted 2 annual events in Powys called the Black Cultural Fest where for one day and evening only, Baskerville Hall in Hay on Wye area was a forum for a diverse range of Black arts and culture. The day was filled with packed workshops including African drumming, storytelling, poetry and filmmaking. The celebrations attracted a wide audience who sang and danced to performances by artists such as Michael St George, Dennis Bovell and DJ Asif, Zein Simone, and many others. The events showed that there is a need for such events in rural areas as the 2nd year attendance more than doubled with a diverse audience from Cardiff, Birmingham, London, and the response from the local community was fantastic.