I AM... Jypsy Jeyfree

Jypsy Jeyfree represents the harmony between a renaissance woman, bohemian spirit, freedom fighter and true walking ART. Invoking the raw emotion of Abstract Expressionism and the perpetual hunger for an Avant-Garde lifestyle. She is a artistic maverick in her own rights from Creative Direction to her passion for spreading Cultural Awareness & Kids Empowerment with her Reclaimed Wearable Art.

When it comes to Jypsy Jeyfree -- the Musical performer, you are in for a whimsical and theatrical ride. She expresses herself through true performance ART-- filled with face masks galore, unimaginable props and raging messages of empowerment.

The spin on her self-proclaimed free-styling moody sounds and colorful style of various singing tones is what the industry needs. An emerging new DIY artist that's breaking boundaries by doing things in her own righteous way.

When I perform… Ekiuwa


My name is Ekiuwa, My nickname is Eki, short for Ekiuwa. Eki means Joy or Market Place. Ekiuwa is from Nigeria- It means anything I touched is blessed. The forms of Performing arts I practice is dance, I teach, choreograph and perform jazz, modern, hip-hop, ballet, African and Liturgical dance. I am also a Jewelry designer and creative director of a costume entertainment company. I have been doing my art for over 20 years. I represent Eki's Famous LLC and Your Queens.

"When I perform I feel strong, powerful and know that I am providing healing, love and truth." ~ Ekiuwa / Your Queens

I am Nigerian, Dominican and West Indian. My parents are very cultural. I spent my childhood in Nigeria and had visited the Dominican Republic a few times and the Virgin Islands. I feel that I have gained a sense of love, understanding, determination from my rich heritage and family culture.

When I perform... Nalani

My name means "the heavens" in Hawaiian. I was named after my mother.

I perform with Nā Leo Kūpono Productions, a professional Polynesian entertainment company. Performing dances from the islands of Hawai'i, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand.  I've been dancing hula for almost 23 years, Tahitian for 18 years and everything else for 8 years.

"I feel proud and blessed to be able to bring our culture to the mainland with us so everyone can enjoy as much as I do." ~Nalani

I feel a sense of pride and joy when I am on stage. I love being able to share our culture with everyone. We come from Kings and Queens of Hawai'i; our specific family has a royal lineage. We have an obligation to pass on their stories through the generations. And I feel as though we are making them proud by doing so.

My ethnicities are Hawaiian, Caucasian, Portuguese, African, Spanish, Filipino.

The more I dance, the more I appreciate the time and effort it takes to be able to do it the right way. Even now, after having danced for so long, I am still learning to perfect the art. The entire body dances, not one part is neglected. I've gained greater leg strength and balance. I've also gained a greater respect for all islands of the Pacific. I am proud to be Polynesian!

When I perform… Muslimah

I have always had a love for dance but was restricted from dancing until I was an adult. However, I am also an artist in other genres: I sing, write short stories and poetry, I also paint using watercolors but mostly charcoal. I have had only a couple of photography events. I also played the clarinet and most recently the guitar and of course drums (mostly dundun). I did theater years ago and even participated in an Indepent Film. ( I had enough hours to qualify for SAG) but I do not pursue acting.

I have done West African Dance for 22 years. I started briefly in Tucson but when I relocated to Phoenix I found the class after attending Sister Circles in the Valley and was later asked to audition.

I am a Contracted Artist of Kawambe Omowale for 18 years now and have been a Contracted Artist and Board member with the Cultural Arts Commission for approximately 8 years.

My personal relation with dance is emotional and Spiritual. I am grateful that I am even able to dance and the performing is secondary. This is helpful since having an authentic energy and maintaining integrity and respect for the dance and meaning are very important to me.

thwacpep - muslimah

 

“When I perform… I often feel it is a way of praise and an opportunity to connect others as well as honoring my ancestors.” ~ Muslimah

As an African-American who has yet to travel to the Continent all we have been able to do is research. We found out that I do have a Great, Great Grandfather that was from Nigeria. And when I first meet any new African Sisters and Brothers they tell me that is in my face. Of course there is supposedly Native blood, Blackfoot but that is not confirmed.

I gained an affirmation I guess, some validity for what my passion has been. It is obvious that I am of African descent but certain characteristics or interests that I have always felt a drive for was supported by my family and the research in where we as a People come from. I believe our DNA is the foundation for science and art but also in its respect for nature and community. I am not limited to names others try to give me such as Hippie, Socialist, Humanitarian, etc. I am a Daughter of Africa and that transfers into my artistry since I am representing myself and the ones before me; attempting to be my best self.

When I perform... Shannon Nia

My name is Shannon Nia Alomar. I represent and perform with Your Queens, the first African royalty booking costume company. While performing with Your Queens I practice dancing, singing, and storytelling. While performing with Your Queens, I play Queen Nefertiti. Nefertiti's name means the beautiful one has come.

I have been with Your Queens for almost a year now and the experience has truly changed my life :)

"While performing, I feel like I become another person. My confidence increases, I feel carefree and focused on making others around me truly feel the message of what we are trying to portray." ~ Shannon Nia

 

My mother's side of my family is African-American and my father's side is Puerto Rican. Before Your Queens, I have never performed in this capacity and it has taught me that my talents go beyond the limits I thought they did. Before I would always say "I can't dance" because I was not a dancer but now I am open to giving anything a try because Your Queens has helped me see that dedication, commitment and a stellar team you can do anything!

 

Learn more about, Your Queens – Costume Character company launch by bringing Queens of Ancient African History to life.

Support the THWACPEP project.

 

When I perform... Tafa

The Name Tafa, was given to me on one of the many trips made to West Africa with Kawambe- Omowale. It is basically and Arabic given name The name is an epithet of Muhammad that means - The Chosen One. It is a very common male given name throughout the Muslim world.

West African Drum and Dance. Most of the performances pieces come from parts of West Africa. Most of the dance pieces represent traditions and events that have taken or take place within communities.

I have been a part of Kawambe - Omowale for over 30 plus years

The dances from west Africa are more grounded with a connectedness to the earth in many of the pieces.

My ethnic origin is African American, going back 4 generations from Mississippi and South Carolina as best I can tell. Prior to that is the African American story often told about existing in the South.

Some of the things I have gained artistically and culturally is a realization that people are basically the same around the world, celebrating, important events and birthdays that have come to be meaningful within cultures.

"There is a sort of freeness  and self-expression that comes with the drumming." ~Tafa