The Plot the Industry panel by Creative Nomads was nothing short of dope. We dropped some gems and in-turn learned a great deal from our fellow panelists Deborah Bond and Kokayi. Props to @ComradesInArts for inviting having us on the panel and salute to all those that came. A thorough recap is forthcoming.
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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Kelela is a first generation Ethiopian American born in Washington, D.C. who moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to further her music career as a singer. Originally singing in jazz cafes and imitating her favorite r&b singers, she soon discovered her own unique sound. Check her out her sound by clicking here.