Jaime Register “Janis Joplin meets James Brown meets Erykah Badu meets Jim Morrison.” That’s just one Detroit newspaper’s attempt to describe Jamie Register. Miss Register is a gem of a musician hailing from Ann Arbor. She took the poly-‐genre group Cloud Nine Music to new heights, including cross country tours and multiple performances at the Telluride Jazz Festival. Her on-‐stage presence and soulful voice are often compared to Lauren Hill. In 2003 Jamie began playing bass and singing with Afro-‐pop group NOMO. Her “groovalicious” bass lines and infectious voice helped NOMO earn a nomination for the 2007 BBC music awards. She’s been invited to perform with Karl Denson and the Greyboy all-‐ stars, the Tom-‐Tom Club, the Wailers, Sharon Jones, and soul legends Earth, Wind and Fire. When asked about her future goals were in a radio interview on KRFC in Colorado she said she wants, “…to continue creating music. All music comes from the soul, comes from the heart. As long as we keep taking our time and do what we believe in… that’s our goal. Make people dance and create good music.” When you experience Jamie Register and the Glendales live, you’ll see she’s kept her word and wonder to yourself why you haven’t heard her before.
Rivers May 2012 Performers Dominique Morisseau, Writer and Actress, is a current member of the 2011 Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and a 2011-‐2012 Lark Playwrights Workshop fellow. Her play, Detroit ’67, will receive a world premiere in the 2012-‐2013 season of the Public Theater and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. In September 2012, her play, Sunset Baby, will have its world premiere at the Gate Theater in London, UK. Dominique’s inaugural play, Follow Me To Nellie’s, was developed at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and produced at Premiere Stages in July 2011. As an actress, Dominique originated the role of Camae in NYC's original workshop production of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, and has also performed with BET/Viacom, The Lark, Women’s Project, McCarter Theater, NYSAF, and MCC Theater. As a poet, she has rocked stages with The Last Poets, Sonia Sanchez, Jessica Care Moore, and musical artists Shanice and Rahsaan Patterson. Her work has been showcased at the Kennedy Center and featured on MBC Networks series, “Spoken”. She has been published in “Signifyin’ Harlem” and in the NY Times bestseller-‐ “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul”. Dominique is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Honoree, a two-‐time NAACP Image Award recipient, a finalist for the PONY prize, a runner-‐up for the 2011 Princess Grace Award, and a recipient of the Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep. PitchBlak Brass Band will capture your body and make you move! This ten-‐piece NYC based hip-‐hop brass band was formed in the fall of 2010. PitchBlak draws upon its many members’ musical backgrounds and infuses hip-‐hop driven music with funk, jazz, rock and classical music. The result is a sound rich with luscious brass harmonies, intense with thoughtful raps, and energetic with grooving rhythms. PitchBlak brass band was formed in the fall of 2010 by Chanell Crichlow. The members of the band met at music conservatory; PitchBlak has been dedicated to entertaining audiences throughout NYC with their unique sound.
Hanifah Walidah is a musician, playwright, educator and social arts activist. Her rich 20-‐year career has taken an ethnographic approach to the arts and social change. She is currently editing a short documentary interview with Ntozake Shange and is working on a new musical theater production entitled "Go In and Let Have". www.hanifahwalidah.com Karma Mayet Johnson; thisiskarma.net Composer/multidisciplinary performer Karma Mayet Johnson’s recent appearances include FELA! OFF-‐ BROADWAY and Keith+Mendi Obadike’s FOUR ELECTRIC GHOSTS. She is composer/director of the Blues Opera, Indigo. Her poems have appeared in Renaissance Noir, Nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, Cave Canem’s Gathering Ground, Redbone Press’ Voices Rising. She was honored as an Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Finalist for her novel in progress, Nothin in All This World. A frequent marauder amongst Burnt Sugar, the Arkestra Chamber, Karma has recently released the EP recording, September Songs. thisiskarma.net
Rivers of Honey May 2012 Grandma’s Hands
Nikki Patin has been writing for over two decades. She has taught hundreds of workshops on performance poetry, body image, sexual assault prevention and LGBT issues. Patin has worked as a sexual assault prevention educator for Rape Victim Advocates and as a case manager/program coordinator for Center on Halsted’s youth program. Patin has performed, taught and spoken at elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities such as Francis Parker, University of Chicago, Adler School of Psychology, Northwestern University, Nancy B. Jefferson High School (located within the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center), University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-‐Madison and –Stevens Point and many others.
DJ Zena was born, raised, and still resides in Brooklyn, NY. She’s only been DJing for a few years but plays as if it’s something she was born to do. She explains, “It just came so naturally, everything just made so much sense.” She’s well versed in playing old and new school house music, electronica, hip-‐hop, r&b, dancehall, even alternative, rock, and heavy metal. In reference to being able to blend all these genres into a single set, she says, “Music is like a human body, they are all made up of the same basic elements”. What’s also interesting about DJ Zena is that she is actually a writer by trade and even went on to earn her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. She found a second outlet for expression, creating, and connecting with people through making them dance.
Shawn(ta) Smith serves this month’s Rivers of Honey as your hostess and co-‐producer. She is a lesbian separatist, writer, Archivist, Librarian, and Brooklyn native, whose work is focused on preserving the stories of women of color, particularly African ancestral lesbians. Schedule a g-‐chat to share your story on her blog: hersaturnreturns.com Jaz Cruz is an Artist, Writer, Barber. She has been a member of WOW for eight years and a Producer and organizer of Rivers of Honey for six years. She resurrected the Rivers of Honey framework to represent a spiritual artist space for women of color.
Honoring Orisha Goddess OSHUN. Additional Spiritual Meditation and Respect
Goddess – Yemeya – color of water
Rivers of Honey Cabaret is a monthly performance highlighting the art of Womyn of Color held on the first Friday of Every Month (except for July).
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Published on May 8, 2012
Featuring the art of: PitchBlak Brass Band -Supplying full-on live Afro-Caribbean beats and Soaring Jazz Karma Mayet Johnson -Composer/Direc...