I was so excited about this event! I have been performing, writing poetry and hosting my own signature events since 2002. I founded Word Canvas in 2005, as a brand of performance events featuring musicians, poets and actors. I take great pride and pleasure in curating events, bringing artists together and watching them come off without a hitch! It was great to have a spring show with talented artists.
DuEwa & Rakiem Walker @ Art. Love. Music.
Cheryl Boyce Taylor is a notable poet and author who I've come to know and cherish, through her event series the Glitter Poemegranate Series. I love when she performs with her Trini accent. Her poems are smooth and bring back memories you wish you had about living in the Caribbean. Cheryl is the mother of Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg, so she is truly a legend and has influenced hip hop in a major way. And one day I will take her Zuhitsu Writing Workshop in Brooklyn!
Poet, Cheryl Boyce Taylor
Rakiem Walker is so versatile as a sax player and he brought his trio, and they brought us jazz, funk and hip hop! I have known Rakiem for years and it's always a blast working with him. Last time we collaborated in 2010 for Word Canvas Soul, I sang Jill's Scotts "A Long Walk" and we really had a good time with it. It was so much fun for me to collaborate with Rakiem and his band again. They backed me for my brief rendition of Prince's "She's Always in My Hair" and an even shorter piece of me singing Taylor Swift's "Trouble" that I paired with a poem I wrote titled, "Trouble." My set was pretty cathartic for me as an artist. I had the pleasure of seeing Radha MUSprime perform at Imagenation's Belletrix Exhibit in Harlem last month. She is an MC, lyricist and truly a creative genuis as a writer. This sister is fire!! She gave us a whole set of her new performance show "The 40-year old Version" and I can't wait to check her out on April 22nd when she features at Joe's Pub.
I wanted to have an open mic segment, but we started a bit late so there was no time for it. But next time for sure!