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2019-2020 Sacred Cypher Creatives

Amir “Tubad” Gray

                                                  Music: Performance, Arts Education | New Orleans, LA

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
12:15p – 1:30p | Human Piano Staff Workshop
  • A private workshop for IMAN staff. 
5p – 7p | Human Piano and Drum Circle
  • A private workshop for youth in the ATL area. 
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 
2:30p – 4p | Even the Kitchen Sink 
  • A private workshop for youth in the ATL area.
6p – 8p | Drum Circle
  • Glenrose Gardens Clubhouse; 85 Mount Zion Road
  • During this interactive public workshop, participants will explore the metaphor of community through creating music with percussive instruments.
  • Please RSVP here.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 
2p – 4p | WRFG 89.3 Interview 
6p – 8p | Human Piano
  • Held in partnership with IMAN’s weekly Grassroots Power Hour, this workshop will get participants to create music together through non-verbal communication driving the point of team work and communities working together. 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 | 6p – 9:30p | Sacred Cypher
  • Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center; 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034
  • This Sacred Cypher is an intimate, immersive artistic experience that will invite attendees to dig deeper into IMAN’s issue areas and holistic model and will feature performances by IMAN Sacred Cypher Creatives: Tubad and Jasiri X. Co-hosted by  AläZ and Sadia “Ms. DiJa” Nawab.
  • Please RSVP here

Amir ‘Tubad’ Gray is a multi-talented tuba and trumpet player, rapper, and producer. He has been a student and practitioner of music since his youth. Hailing out of Chicago and having spent formative years in New Orleans, he is a classically trained artist influenced by Jazz, RnB, Hip-Hop, and Soul music. The sounds and culture of New Orleans has influenced his musical and performance style. Tubad is passionate about working with communities to facilitate collaboration and resourcefulness through making music together.

Jasiri X

                                                  Music:  Arts Education, Performance | Pittsburgh, PA

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2  |  6p – 8p |  Fight Fear Build Power: Labor Day Town Hall
  • Atlanta University Center; Exact location will be emailed upon RSVP here
  • Through a dynamic panel discussion on Labor Day, active community members will discuss how communities-under-attack can show up as authentic solidarity partners to each other, and what unity looks like on an artistic and economic level.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 and WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 |  6p – 8p
Two-Part Emerging Artist Series: Hip Hop, Activism, and Technology
  • IMAN Office; 1523 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd
  • This interactive workshop will educate emerging artists on how art and technology have changed how social justice movements are born, how to combat negativity within Hip Hop as an artist, and Jasiri X’s personal success in making a viable career as an artist and an on-the-ground activist.
  • Attendance for both workshops highly recommended; RSVP here.

Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency he shared on songs like “Trayvon” and “Strange Fruit”, which documented the unjust police killings of Blacks in the Millennial Generation.

He is the founder of the Pittsburgh based organization, 1Hood Media, which teaches youth of color how to analyze and create media for themselves. Jasiri is a recipient of the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship, USA Cummings Fellowship in Music, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship.

K-Love the Poet

                                                   Poetry: Performance, Public Speaking | Chicago, IL

K-Love the Poet is an international Spoken Word Artist/Motivational Speaker. She’s shared stages with arts & activist legends as Angela Davis, Ameena Mathews, Ava Muhammad, Jessie Jackson, Common, just to name a few. A recipient of several awards for her community work and humanitarianism, she also has titles to her credit of actress, author, and mentor. In 2009 she co-founded LYRIC Mentoring (Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity), a grassroots endeavor that has become one of the most impactful youth movements in Chicago.

Bassel Almadani

                                                  Music: Performance | Chicago, IL

Bassel Almadani is a Syrian-American artist, producer, and logistics professional based in Chicago, IL. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio by immigrants from Aleppo, Syria, he now leads the nationally touring soul & funk ensemble Bassel & The Supernaturals in addition to booking and producing events, studio productions, and speaking engagements around North America.
With over 20 years of experience as a performing artist, Bassel has been raising awareness around issues of social justice facing Arab and Muslim communities for much of his professional career. He planned charity events with numerous organizations while earning two degrees from The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University in Logistics Management and International Business. Bassel now collaborates with schools, arts centers, and cultural centers on performances and educational programs highlighting his Syrian-American heritage in an effort to build empathy and cultural understanding during a humanitarian crisis that has deeply impacted his family as well as over 10,000,000 others.

Frank Waln

                                                   Music: Performance, Services | Chicago, IL

Frank Waln is an award-winning Lakota Hip Hop artist, producer & audio engineer from the Rosebud Rez in South Dakota. A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, he attended Columbia College Chicago where he received a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics. His awards include three Native American Music Awards, the 3Arts Grant for Chicago Artists and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Native American 40 Under 40. He has been featured in The Fader, Vibe, NPR, Paper Magazine, ESPN, and MTV’s Rebel Music. Frank Waln travels the world sharing his story through music and presentations focusing on self-healing and expression of truth.