I am at a loss for words, in this same year that I have lost my beloved physical grandmother, Miss Susie May Jackson, I just heard on the news that “Madiba”, my spiritual grandfather, Nelson Rolilahla Mandela. The news was not a complete shock due to his waning health but it is deeply saddening. A great deal of my life as a teenager was spent learning about Nelson Mandela, and having not known any grandfather, paternally or maternally, I secretly carried him in my heart as the grandfather I never knew. His passion and political career and life has served as an inspiration to me and countless others over the years. The true example of passion and unrelenting commitment, In fact, me and my cohorts had an obsessive focus on South Africa as kids studying Apartheid and Nelson Mandela and studying the great changes that took place in that country from the 70’s- late 80’s. As a theatre student and member of the Freddie Hendricks’ Youth Ensemble of Atlanta,also known as Y.E.A. I can still hear the voice of Michael “Sahr” Ngaujah yelling Amandla! Long before we starred together in Broadway’s Fela!, we, and many others, portrayed the young South African students who struggled in their fight against Apartheid in some of the earliest productions of “Soweto! Soweto! A Township Is Calling!” with Y.E.A.
Saycon Sengbloh and cast of Freddie Hendricks’s Youth Ensemble “Soweto! Soweto! A Township is Calling”
As a child of a Liberian father I saw very few African stars on television, but I saw Nelson Mandela walk from prison after 27 years of captivity, a star indeed. Every year just around the time for school Turner Broadcast the mini-series, Shaka Zulu about a great South African warrior king who reigned tall above tyranny from his own people and from foreigners alike. Mandela was a great warrior king and first black president of that nation. Next to my own Liberia, the South African story has fascinated me to no end! Seeing and learning about Nelson and Winnie Mandela helped with my own appreciation and pride in my African heritage, as children can be cruel I was often isolated by my name. My African pride was seeded more deeply as I watched in 1990 as apartheid was abolished much like the ending of segregation had occurred so many years before in the United States. It is with great pride that I honor the life of Madiba! Nelson Mandela!!! #Amandla
Check me out at the Canal room September 9th 2013! 8pm show with Daniel Watts and many more!
September 9th is gonna be Funky! Monday September 9th at the Canal Room 285 West Broadway 8pm Show Doors opening at 7:30 I hope to see you there!!I will be performing in the hottest show put together by wordsmith, Daniel J. Watts! He will do his poetic word spitting rhyming thing and feature some talented cats Derrick Baskin, Nicholas Christopher, Grasan Kingsberry, Ephraim Sykes are going to be gracing the stage as well!We will grace the stage for a night of poetry, music, hip-hop and satisfy your ears! Come on out and enjoy us! The Jam! To purchase tickets click here!
Motown the Musical or “the Motown” as I like to call it is chock full of talented musician, singers, dancers, and actors. Each striving to do their own thing. We do 8 shows a week in the show and then we all have the nerve to want more! LOL yes in indeed, we want more. I attended the Birdland show of my girl N’kenge (Mary Wells and also one-third of the Martha & the Vandellas in Motown) this past Sunday and saw her singing her heart out in perfect voice, after the longest week ever! But before that I attended and performed in at Joes’s Pub with my southern sister , Ariana DeBose . Ariana is one-third of ” the Supremes” as Mary Wilson and she recently put together a fab show at Joe’s Pub, this girl works hard! She came into Motown the Musical 6 days after finishing the tour of “Bring It On the Musical”, and dived right into rehearsals, not even a full week break between shows and she’s been going strong! Having been in the lab working on my Howlin’ music recording for Honeywax, writing, perfecting my songs I have been behind the scenes writing songs, making arrangements and completing my next album currently titled “Howlin'”, doing Motown nightly and recording during my days. Ariana asked me to be a part of the show and I said yes! Exciting for people who may know her as the beautiful dancer from “So You Think You Can Dance”because there’s more! She sings, and grooves and belts honey, I was thrilled to hear her range on songs like “4 Women” made famous by Nina Simone. She shared the stage with several of my favorite people including Charl Brown (Motown, Sister Act), and Ariana Grover (Bare, Holler If You Hear Me-Tupac Workshop). That’s all I’ll say for now but check out this video of us singing one of my favorite funk derived songs, giving it a bluesy twist just the way I like things— bluesy and funky!
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Scott and Alisha Patterson celebrated there upcoming baby with 2 count em, TWO showers for family and friends in DC! We headed out there and had a sweet time visiting with Mr. Kojo Modibo Sun himself! Baby Judah will be here soon!LOL
After a fond farewell from Hair on Broadway I charged right into preparations for my show at Joe’s Pub in New York City! I rehearsed with Scott Patterson and the band of Kojo Modibo Sun and we made it happen. Joe’s Pub was a wonderful place to perform! The show was hot and it was an exciting night charged with energy, fun, and music!!! Click the link or copy and paste the link below to see more pics!
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Saycon Sengbloh and Liam Tamne in cell pic above! Tuesday night I was in a showcase at Birdland in New York City featuring songs by Scott Alan. He gave me a call to fill in for Kenita Miller who had to join the tour of the Color Purple on an emergency. Over the weekend I learned my verse to “Never Never Land” and sang it along with Merle Dandridge, Nikki James, and Crystal Hall. All wonderful singers indeed! Also, funnily enough I met the West End “Fiyero” from Wicked, Liam Tamne, who sang beautifully in the showcase and is vacationing in NYC. We took a cell phone pic together.
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