100 SEKERES is the brainchild of Iyalosha Yeye Olori Oriyomi,"MAMA YEYE", best known as the Sekere Woman of Atlanta. She is a Yoruba Priestess of Obatala /Oshun, has traveled throughout the U.S. and Africa as a Sekere percussionist, educator, performing artist, playwright and dance/theatre instructor.
Sekere (Shay-ka-ray) is an African hand drum made from a gourd strung with Beads, nuts, shells or seeds.Today, Sekeres are played in bands, drum circles, parades, choirs, worship celebrations, live concerts and festivals all over the world.
100 Sekeres is dedicated to the celebration of life and preservation of cultural traditions among all people from the Diaspora. The music of the Sekere is known to have a positive, healing effect and it is often used for praise and celebration throughout the world.
100 Sekeres is an affirmation in ACTION.Our mission is to create great Sekere music as a tool of enlightenment to unify, then solidify our communities.
100 Sekeres is a call for the local and global world to pay attention and take action to keep the ARTS in our educational systems. Our goal is to encourage humanity to live in the positive realm of tomorrow by joining together today in the spirit of peace, love and life.
Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, conjures up some gris gris with the help of the Arthur Hall Afro-American Dance Ensemble. Act II of FAT TUESDAY AND ALL THAT JAZZ! (1977) opens in the wee hours of Ash Wednesday, following Carnival Day. The young lover Mimi Pritchett is having love troubles and asks Marie Laveau for aid. The conjuring is choreographed by Arthur Hall.
The Griot's Tale is a fantastical tale that sweeps through epochs of time, drawing on old African mythology and symbolism to portray five contemporary fables told through ancient eyes. It is an innovative new work that represents a meeting point between music, poetry, dance and the visual image to encourage new forms of storytelling.
Embracing the worlds of theatre, dance, yoruba chant and music of the griots, The Griot's Tale weaves stories of love, wisdom, kinship, sacrifice and immortality with film and cinematic imagery. It features some of the finest international artists working in UK today including, the actor and storyteller, Patrice Naiambana, the choreographer, Bode Lawal, the poet and visual artist, Taiwo Emmanuel Jegede, and the visual artist and filmmaker, Sunara Begum.