2020-2021 Sacred Cypher Creatives
Performance: Dance | Chicago, IL
Yaasha Abraham is a professional dancer, singer, and teaching artist that specializes in the traditional/folkloric dances of Brazil and Ethiopia. She has traveled the country and the world as a dancer, vocalist, and teaching artist, but is most dedicated to her work in Chicago’s inner city. Yaasha hopes to expand her efforts to IMAN and strives to create art and experiences that are spiritually rooted, spatially relevant, and socially conscious. She ultimately wants to show that within the arts lies the potential to empower, educate, and liberate.
Music: Performance | Buffalo, NY
Drea d’Nur is a Buffalo-based singer and songwriter whose work has reached national and international acclaim with localized work that highlights the rich history of Black music and art in Buffalo. This 2017 Spark Awards Artist of the Year has performed in overseas, released two independent music projects, produced two short films about Nina Simone, directed a music video, produced two stage productions, and has album credits on the new Gorillaz album, HUMANZ. D’Nur recently toured the Spirit of Nina and founded Feed Buffalo the first halal food pantry in Buffalo all while raising five gifted children.
Music: Performance | Baltimore, MD
Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh is a global citizen, musical healer, and community pillar. The Grammy nominated singer, emcee, songwriter, activist has traveled worldwide rocking stages with music giants such as Sting, Nas, Common, Zap Mama, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Ed Sheeran, Bobby Mcferrin, Dave Chappelle, Lalah Hathaway, Femi Kuti, and more. Youssef’s discography spans from 2006 to 2017 with her most recent project with DJ Dummy entitled Vintage Babies already placing at number 6 on UK Indie music charts.
Music | New York, NY
Mazzi is the mastermind behind S.O.U.L. (Sense Of Understanding Life’s) Purpose, which he calls “the biggest crew in Hip Hop for the simple fact that if you helped the music to prosper in any way, you are part of the S.O.U.L. Purpose collective!” A staple of New York’s underground Hip Hop scene since the mid-‘90s, Mazzi’s The Inspection album was hosted and partially produced by Statik Selektah, his City Permits album was hosted by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban, and his rapid-fire flow has graced collaborations with many influential artists. His debut 2003 S.O.U.L. Purpose album was on the CMJ college charts for 15 weeks straight. His most recent album “The Building” is being released in conjunction with The Rockwell Foundation (www.rockwellfoundation.org), where 100% of album sales will go towards buildingclean water wells & facilities in Africa. Through prior projects, events, & shows, there have been donations to charities such as NY homeless shelters, Boys & Girls Club, Haiti relief, sneakers for orphans, 9/11 relief, & a handful more.
Performance Art: Theater, Poetry | Kalamazoo, MI
Tasleem Jamila Tasleem Jamila is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, poet, curator, fashion designer, actor and educator, whose body of work focuses on social action and community healing and revitalization. Her sound is a fusion of hip hop, spirituals, mystical chants, and lyrical soul. With performances that include The Kennedy Center, Excel London, Columbia University (NYC) and the African World Festival of the Arts. She has performed her works across the US as well as the UK, Africa, and Canada and continues to tour worldwide. Tasleem recently published a book of poetry, Black Baptist Muslim Mystic which is receiving critical acclaim in addition to her album “Tasleem” and live and unplugged DVD “My Soul Speaks”. She is sought after for her captivating energy as a host, professional
skills as a cultural producer and educating activist as a workshop facilitator. Look out for a 2018 world tour and book release.