Meet Wayna, a highly notable Grammy nominated singer/songwriter who will be performing this Saturday at our SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE – The Ethiopia Edition live performance at Tropicalia. Wayna, who is of Ethiopian descent, was part of the team that traveled with us to Addis, and was hugely instrumental in the success that we had there.
How has your environment influenced your music?
It has given me the life experiences from which I draw the subject matter and values, which influence the music profoundly.
How do you feel about hip-hop culture and if you’re a fan, have you incorporated it into your music?
I became a fan, after working with so many hip-hop purists. I have incorporated in my work the storyteller style of writing, improvisation, and some poetic techniques.
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Ester Rada is an Israeli singer with Ethiopian cultural roots. From Nina Simone, to Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, Rada’s musical influences allow her to combine the sounds of funk, soul, and R&B to create Ethio-Soul. Check out her single “Out” here.
Here’s the second part of the content design package I developed for Lil So So Productions’ Nomads + Tribes New Year’s Event – a coat of arms. Each coat of arms (or badge) represents a cultural identity or tribe(s) that event attendees feel best represents them. The badges are then made available for people to engage the event, in addition to attending, where they’re encouraged to utilize the badge(s) as an avatar for their various social media.