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  • 01:07

    Drummer Oginga Khamisi with Folayan Spann

    in Culture

     OGINGA KHAMISI    Oginga Khamisi, born in Youngstown, Ohio, and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where he began his career as a drummer after graduating from high school. Not only does Oginga Khamisi play traditional African drums, he also carves traditional African Drums. The greatest joy of Oginga Khamisi is to share the wealth of his “life’s work” promoting the appreciation for African Culture, sharing his talent, skill and experiences through workshops lectures/ demonstrations, and residences in African Drums. In 1978 under the instruction of Dele Ejioba Baile McKinght of Washington D.C. Oginga carved his first Djembe drum at The African Culture Center “Agebeluta.” Since that time Oginga has learned to make various traditional African instruments. During the years of 1980-1983, he received training in drumming from Cosanan African Drum and Dance Conference at the Institute for the Study of African Culture, in St. Louis, Missouri. At the institute, he learned special hand techniques traditionally cultivated for centuries from Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea, West Africa. In 1983, he learned to make the necessary tools used in the carving of drums, by studying the art of blacksmithing, at the Studbaker Farm located in Tipp City, Ohio.From 1989-1998, Oginga studied African drumming in Washington, D.C. at the Kankouran West African Dance Company Conference. There he learned more drum patterns from various master drummers.In 1990, while under Oginga’s musical direction, Oginga, and seven members of the Afrikan-American Drum and Dance Ensemble toured Senegal, and The Gambia, West Africa studying and experiencing the culture of African people. Oginga attended several sessions of instruction on drum techniques from the Wolof, Jola, Mandinka, and Susu people. 

  • 01:02

    Segment 1: Season 2 Living Poetry & Spoken Word

    in Poetry

    The 2nd season of the segment will be a special show where we remove the conversation around spoken word and listen to the words of conversation and enrichment.

    This show was produced with a pure perspective on the intent of spoken word and poetry. No interviews – no live guests – no Q&As – no microphones – and no cameras. The language arts are intended to “speak to us” through the message of the artist. The show aired an entire 60-minutes of continuous spoken word and poetry productions by many leaders of the art.

    As we listen to the artists among us – the well known and the yet-to-become well known, we should listen to the message and the spirit behind their productions. In actuality, there is no need for interviews if we listen to the life of their hearts through poetry/spoken word and music. The best interview we can give many of the artists who touch our lives is an interpersonal interview with ourselves after we have allowed ourselves to ponder their messages.

    At the end of each piece, just before the next message begins, ask yourself – “How did that message challenge my thoughts and encourage my well-being?” The answers to that question is what I believe drives each poet and spoken word artist to continue to share their gifts for their own individual (and collective)purpose in artistry. The second season of “The Segment” celebrates many of the leaders and pioneers of the arts who touch and change lives.

    This broadcast included productions from the following artists. Please do – seek them out and support their work:

    Chenylu Bomani, Queen Sheba, Obiodun Oyewole, Lady Khadijah, Max Parthas, Tribal Raine, Tshombe Sekou, Natalie Stewart, Tantra Zawadi, K.D. Morris, Mahogony Diva, Mandinka, Daniel Osbie, Natassja, Taalam Acey, P.E.A.C.E., and many others.

    Be Peace,

  • 01:01

    OUTing The Music Industry w/ Taylor Siluwe

    in Music

    Since writing and directing a ninth-grade production titled Land of the Mandinka (an African Romeo & Juliet), Taylor Siluwé has had a burning passion to write. He then went on to study Creative Writing at New York University and has been published in Details, Venus, Literary New York, Out IN Jersey & FlavaLIFE magazines. His erotically charged short story, A Taste for Cherries appeared in the anthology Tough Guys before being released on KINDLE. His steamy and apocalyptic tale of obsession run amok, When Romeo Wakes first appeared in the eZine Velvet Mafia. His work has since appeared in the anthologies, Law of Desire (Alyson Publications), and Best Gay Erotica 2008 (Cleis Press).Victor Hoff (Men Of Color blog, The Sword, et al) sums up Taylor's offering -- the darkly provocative guiltiest pleasure read, DANCING WITH THE DEVIL -- with these words: "Taylor Siluwé journeys into some of the most hellish scenarios one would expect to find love and yet, as the writer more than capably shows, love, like weeds through brick, sprouts in many of the most unlikely places."

    About DANCING WITH THE DEVIL -- Five interconnected tales introducing the character known by one nefarious name - Danté - and delving into his numerous dances with his own dark side - obsession, addiction, lust, all those human motivations that make us do unexpected things with no regrets. The central story and spiritual heart of the book is about religion [Jehovah’s Witnesses], and how sexuality and salvation can make strange bedfellows. [And in light of recent events involving Eddie Long, it's oh so timely.]

    **Dancing with the Devil and Cheesy …and other fairytales are available on Amazon or TaylorSiluwe.com.**

  • 00:45

    Sundiata Kieta: The Empire of Mali

    in History

    Tune in as Host Anita Wills shares the saga of Africa's Ruling Tribe the Mandinga or Malinke.
    Sundiata Keita (also known as Sogolon Djata or Mansa Sundiata) was from the Keita clan and born in the village of Niani near the modern day borders of Mali and and north-east Guinea. The Mandinka kingdoms were briefly conquered by the Ghana Empire (also known as the Wagadou Empire, c. 790 AD) under King Soumaoro Kanté during Sundiata’s youth. Sundiata Keita developed coalitions between the loosely federated Mandinka kingdoms to wage war against the Ghana Empire. In 1230 AD, Sundiata Keita led a rebellion against King Soumaba Cisse from the Mandinka's Kangaba kingdom-state in the south, which held important gold mines.

    By 1235 AD., forces from the Ghana Empire were still fighting the Mandinka rebels and converged at the Koulikoro Region of modern day Bamako, Mali to meet Sundiata’s army. Sundiatas’ forces destroyed the army of Sosso King Sumanguru Kanté (Susu or Soussou ethnic group in Guinea) at the Battle of Kirina (also known as Battle of Krina).
    The battle of Kirina is often cited as the final defeat of mediæval Ghana Empire in West Africa. Soumaoro Kanté is said to have disappeared in the Koulikoro mountains. Sundiata was crowned the title "Mansa" or "king of kings.” His three sons who succeeded him to the throne of the Mali Empire: Mansa Khalifa Keita, Ouati Keita, and Wali Keita, as well as a famed grandson Mansa Musa. The modern country of Ghana shares no territory with the medieval Ghana Empire, though some of its inhabitants claim ancestral lineage with the mediæval empire.

    Sundiata Keita (circa 1210-1260 ad) was the founder of the Mali empire in West Africa. He is now regarded as a great magician-king and the national hero of the Malinke-speaking people.

    Tune in and Listen UP!!