My life with music begin as a child listening to music in the basement with my father. At 5 yrs old he filled my head with the music of the day. He played everything from the Temptations, Parliament Funkadelic,Curtis Mayfield, The Last Poets and a variety of disco music which he brought home from trips to NYC. He still does not realize how much those times shaped me to be the person I am. Lyrics from Niggers are Scared of Revolution rang thru my head thru my life, helped me to see the world differently from the beginning and led me to play them for my own children.
Then there was the summer days in the south with my Grandmother who was in the church choir. She made sure I was right there with her learning good ole southern baptist songs. The choir days led me to take choir in high school. So I sang in the choir for a couple of years, learning to sing from the same woman who trained R. Kelly back in the day, peace and blessing be with her. Now I was never a lead singer, but I could do back up and harmonize good enough.
When I became a mother, singing became an evening ritual. It became my favorite my to put to slmy children to sleep when my they were younger. Singing was a part of the morning circle at the Afrikan centered schools they were in, which I also taught at. Singing was a part of the Spiritual groups and lifestyles I came connected with as an adult.
I became connected with sound therapy, using the voice to praise, elevate, heal, bless, worship and just stay balanced.
My second sun, Yahshua asked me to by him a mic when he was 15, he told me he wanted to make music. Of course I did and he begin to write rhymes and record. Since then he has been teaching himself to work music programs, he built a little studio and has been recording and performing at local venues around town. He is in school now studying audio production. Before he left we were able to make this project together.
Knowing the value of having of music and sounds we pray this work will create a positive vibration and lasting memory to those who hear it. Proceeds from this project will go toward our building fund and Yahshua's college education. We pray it will be a blessing to you and we appreciate your support.
Nia Yaa, founder of Ra Sekhi Arts Temple...we are here to promote health and wellness....natural living....love...joy...and MAAT