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On Sunday January 30, 2011 I will have the pleasure of interviewing Mwalim Daphunkeeprofessor Peters. Mwalim (Morgan James Peters I) was born in the Bronx in New York. He is a subcultural icon and highly influential performing artist, writer, filmmaker, and educator. An often quoted and well respected professor of English and African/ African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Author, playwright, pianist, composer, conductor, director, producer, editor, and essayist are a few of the titles born by this artist. Born to a West Indian American (Barbados) mother and Mashpee Wampanoag father, Mwalim grew up in both the Northeast Bronx and Mashpee, Massachusetts. Raised with opportunities and experiences in the performing arts, he studied music, initially with the viola, and moved on to piano. As a student at Music & Art High School, he studied jazz composition with Justin Diccoccio as well as his grandfather, noted pianist, band leader and arranger of the 1920-60s, Allan Nurse. At the same time he discovered a talent for short story writing, where he began winning school, regional, and city-wide competitions for his stories. He went on to major in music composition and history at Boston University, where he became a part of the city's bustling live music scene, doing tenure as an intern and session musician at various recording studios around the city. He also became a part of the college's Black Drama Collective as a stage band musician and sketch writer. Here he came to the attention of James Spruill, noted Black Arts Movement theater artist and Boston University professor of theater arts; as well as the co-founder of New African Company. Mwalim joined New African Company in 1991, where he received his formal training in theater arts and management from Spruill and his wife, playwright, Lynda Patton. You can find him on facebook many other sites.