Tag: mozambique

Thank you to all who supported the LIBANDZUWA CD release

The CD release celebration on 6/30/2021 was a special day for me–thank you to the 45 individuals who stopped by to listen to my album and celebrate life together.  It was such a joyful day, and I was honored to have each of you there.  A special thanks to the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts …

About LIBANDZUWA, My Album Being Released Next Wednesday

This album is highly personal. It lifts up the joys and anguish of being an artist and musician in a world that values productivity. It is both a celebration of life and a cry for help, it is both a prayer for peace and a call for justice. I believe that I was called to …

Twin Cities World Refugee Day

Twin Cities World Refugee Day 2021 will be a virtual celebration hosted on Facebook and YouTube starting at 4 pm CT. You’ll hear messages from MN Gov. Tim Walz, Congresswoman Omar, the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis, and award-winning Hmong American author Kao Kalia Yang. See performances and hear from:
Cypher Side Dance School
Ifrah Mansour
Nyttu Chongo
Tou Saik Lee
Free in Color Arts
Kashimana Ahua and Reequal Smith (a collaboration of MN and Canadian artists)
Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue

World Refugee Day 2021

Today was a beautiful celebration of resilience and culture at CAPI’s Twin Cities World Refugee Day, held virtually this year.  I was honored to be able to perform several pieces for the celebration, marking my fourth year participating in this special festival. This was the first recurring event that I was invited to perform at …

Minneapolis International Festival 2021

What a joy to be a part of the first virtual Minneapolis International Festival hosted by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.  This event is usually one held in person in the beautiful parks of our city, but due to COVID-19 we moved the platform to a virtual environment.  Nearly 300 people have streamed my …

Farewell to 2020

This has been…a remarkable year, to put it lightly.  I regret my silence here on my blog, because it has been an eventful year for me in many ways.  I have been busy recording my first album, Libandzuwa: The Power of the Sun, which has been delayed slightly but is set for release mid-year next …

REFLECTIONS ON THE Residency in Urbana-Champaign

Through the support of the Center for World Music at the University of Illinois and the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, I spent the end of January in Urbana-Champaign performing at the Global Roots Festival, the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, and the University of Illinois. It was an amazing experience to share the music …

Residency in Urbana-Champaign

Through the support of the Center for World Music at the University of Illinois and the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, I will be performing a series of workshops and shows in Urbana-Champaign from January 29th through February 1st. I am pleased to be able to participate in this residency and share my music with …

All-Ages Music Lesson at Anoka County Library

I had a great time sharing music experiences at the Anoka County Library, especially seeing children getting excited about instruments from my home country.  This is the best reward any musician can have–sharing with young musicians is far better than having a big stage or playing for a large audience.  I am grateful for this …