Carmen Lundy – Soul to Soul

Carmen Lundy – Soul to Soul

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~ Carmen Lundy – Soul to Soul ~

Lundy began her professional career in Miami, FL as a jazz vocalist and composer when there were very few young, gifted and aspiring jazz vocalists on the horizon. Over four decades later, Ms. Lundy is celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and is highly regarded for her jazz innovation.

A native of Miami, Florida, Carmen Lundy’s path to being one of today’s most talented, respected and sophisticated jazz singers began at age six, with her first piano lessons. She was deeply inspired by her mother who was then lead singer in the gospel group, The Apostolic Singers. Ms. Lundy attended The University of Miami as an Opera major, but soon discovered that jazz was where her talent really shone. While working steadily in the Miami Jazz scene, she graduated with a degree in Studio Music and Jazz – one of the first singers to do so. Lundy then moved to New York City in the spring of ’78 and immediately began working in jazz circles throughout the Tri-State area, and from Harlem to Greenwich Village, quickly impressing the notoriously critical jazz cognoscenti and audiences alike. Esteemed critic Gary Giddins stated (in 1983), “Jazz singing stopped regenerating itself about 20 years ago, and it’s not hard to see why, so it’s with some trepidation that I call your attention to an authentic young jazz singer named Carmen Lundy – she’s got it all.” Armed with a devoted following and critical kudos, the uncompromising Ms. Lundy continued to make waves, not just in North America, but in Asia and throughout the UK and Europe.

Currently on the Afrasia Productions label, Carmen will be releasing her 14th album on September 23, 2014. Almost two years in the making, it consists of new original songs by Lundy, and a few very special collaborations. The album features legendary artists – specialists on their respective instruments – including Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Randy Brecker, Mayra Casales, Ada Rovatti, Warren Wolf, Bennie Maupin, harpist Carol Robbins, and Simphiwe Dana, a stunning South African vocalist and composer, among others.

“I wrote the music with specific players in mind for each respective instrument,” says Lundy. “My producer and label co-owner Elisabeth Oei encouraged me to reach out to those musicians whose music I have loved and have been inspired by; some of whom I had worked with but never recorded with. I consider these artists specialists on their instruments. These are players who bring a distinctive sound to everything they play and add another layer of individuality to my original music.”

Patrice Rushen, for example, is featured on nearly every track on “Soul To Soul” because of the deep musical connection Carmen felt with her. “I could hear her sound in my music,” says Lundy, “Patrice creates these beautiful sonic palettes from which I could soar freely through the music. This project would not be as special to me if it were not for her incredible contribution.”

Carmen’s core rhythm section members Darryl Hall and Jamison Ross, “Soul To Soul” invites the listener on an intriguing journey. Whether the source of inspiration comes from time spent in Sardinia, Italy (“Soul To Soul” and “Sardegna”) or from her hometown of Miami in the songs “Kindred Spirits” and “Grateful” – “It’s important to acknowledge and remember where you come from and all those who provide unwavering moral support” says Lundy; from the beauty of Mary Lou Williams’ “What’s Your Story, Morning Glory” – “Geri Allen and I have spent many years performing the works of this great pianist,” Lundy remarks, “I could not miss the chance to have yet another of the great pianists/composers of our time be a part of this musical journey”; to the sexy bossa nova beat of “Everything I Need”, the moods and moments of “Soul To Soul” are genre-bending and traverse many borders, both literally and figuratively.

Of special note is the story of the track “Grace,” the result of a meeting with South African vocalist Simphiwe Dana.  At the time of the meeting – which coincided with tour dates Lundy and Dana had in Johannesburg and Los Angeles – Lundy was in the process of writing the song on guitar and had been haunted by it for months.  She then played the track for Dana who immediately began to sing the melody in her native tongue, and whose contribution to the track on the CD adds yet another dimension to the journey of “Soul To Soul.”

The highly regarded 2012 releaseChanges” (Afrasia Productions) is on several ‘Top 10 Albums of 2012’ lists, and continues to garner both critical and popular acclaim. Said James Nadal of All About Jazz, “With her release of Changes, veteran singer Carmen Lundy rises to that proverbial summit to enjoy the rarefied air of the chosen few.”

Grammy Winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album of 2011 – Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project – features the Carmen Lundy composition “Show Me A Sign”, with Ms. Lundy’s original performance from the album “Solamente” reinvented on the arrangement.

Carmen has had several Top Ten albums on JazzWeek (“Jazz and the New Songbook-Live at The Madrid”, “Come Home”, and “Changes”) and a #3 spot on Billboard’s Jazz Chart for 23 weeks with her debut album “Good Morning Kiss”. Among her other awards and recognitions, especially rewarding was Miami-Dade’s County Office of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners proclaiming January 25th “Carmen Lundy Day”, along with handing Ms. Lundy the keys to the City of Miami.

Having recorded more than thirteen albums as a leader, Carmen’s far-reaching discography also includes performances and recordings with such musicians as brother and bassist Curtis Lundy, Ray Barretto, Kenny Barron, Bruce Hornsby, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kip Hanrahan, Courtney Pine, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Marian McPartland, Regina Carter, Steve Turre, Geri Allen, Robert Glasper, Patrice Rushen and the late Kenny Kirkland. Ms. Lundy’s 2005 release, the hugely successful “Jazz and The New Songbook-Live at The Madrid”, features some of the jazz world’s best known musicians paying tribute to Ms. Lundy.

Carmen Lundy’s work as a vocalist and composer has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Washington Post, Jazz Times, Jazziz, Downbeat and Vanity Fair among many others, as well as numerous foreign publications. Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times writes “Carmen Lundy, as beautiful inside as out, has accomplished the near impossible for a jazz singer by maintaining a solid, successful, three-decade career while focusing largely on original, self-penned material.” And Don Heckman of The Los Angeles TimesCarmen Lundy shows off her own, mature songbook. Her performance was the product of talent that has ripened fully. Lundy’s far-ranging, fluidly mobile voice roved through and around the melodies, and her innate sense of theatricality illuminated every layer of drama in her story-driven songs.

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 As a composer, Ms. Lundy’s catalogue numbers over 100 published songs, one of the few jazz vocalists in history to accomplish such a distinction, and has led to the first publication of the Carmen Lundy Songbook (2007). Her songs have been recorded by such artists as Kenny Barron (“Quiet Times”), Ernie Watts (“At The End Of My Rope”), and Straight Ahead (“Never Gonna Let You Go”). Officially endorsed by Neumann microphones, Carmen Lundy continues to compose and expand her vast catalogue.

Her own recordings consist of 1985’s “Good Morning Kiss” (CLR/Afrasia Productions), “Moment To Moment” (Arabesque/Afrasia Productions), “Night And Day” (CBS/SONY and re-issued by Afrasia in 2011), “Old Devil Moon” (JVC), “Self Portrait” (JVC), “Something To Believe In” and “This Is Carmen Lundy” (both for Justin Time), “Jazz and The New Songbook – Live at The Madrid” (2-disc set and DVD, Afrasia Productions), “Come Home” (Afrasia), “Solamente” and the 2012 release “Changes” (Afrasia Productions). Her newest recording “Soul To Soul” is almost 2 years in the making, and will be released in the Fall of 2014 on Afrasia Productions.

Teaching, too, is an important activity for Ms Lundy; she’s given Master Classes in Australia, Denmark, Russia, Japan, Switzerland, New York, Washington, D.C., Northern California, Los Angeles and other cities around the world. Since its inception in 1998, Lundy has and continues to participate in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as Resident Clinician and guest artist. She has also worked with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz as guest artist and clinician.

Ms. Lundy is also a gifted actress active in theatre. “Acting,” as she told Dr. Billy Taylor in 2006, “helps me to get more comfortable and acquainted with the art of performance.” She performed the lead role as Billie Holiday in the Off-Off Broadway play “They Were All Gardenias” by Lawrence Holder, as well as the lead role in the Broadway show, Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies,” and she made her television debut as the star of the CBS Pilot-Special “Shangri-La Plaza” in the role of Geneva, after which she relocated to Los Angeles, where she currently resides.

In addition to her recordings, Carmen Lundy has also composed and arranged for the Sonoton Music Library, the largest independent production music library in the world. Her music has been featured on such TV shows as “Mad Men”, “The L Word”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “So You Think You Can Dance”, “Baby Story”, and many others; as well as Feature Films and Documentaries including “9/11 – A Remembrance”.

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Carmen Lundy is also a celebrated mixed media artist and painter, and her works have been exhibited in New York at The Jazz Gallery in Soho, at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, and at a month-long exhibition at the Madrid Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  Special thank you to Chip Schutzman at Miles High Productions for collaborating with us and making this interview possible. www.carmenlundy.com

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Love Notes – Music, Art & Poetry

Love Notes – Music, Art & Poetry

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Love Notes – Music, Art & Poetry 

Join us February 17, 2013

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This show celebrates our loved ones and the Love in our lives.

We will feature paintings, music and poetry from Colored People® Network members and it is also a perfect opportunity for us to introduce our network’s new host, Richard-Alan.  He is a bass player, drummer and poet.

Tania-Maria and Richard-Alan are also celebrating their love and embarking on a new life together, sharing the vision and taking our network to a new level.

Featured artists:

Music

Joan Cartwright

has toured five continents and 16 countries including the U.S.A., eight European countries, Jamaica, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, Gambia, South Africa, China and Japan, with her swinging brand of jazz and blues.

She is a composer and her book, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY contains 40 songs and lyrics to standard songs: “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham, “Tune Up” by Miles Davis and “Bessie’s Blues” by John Coltrane.

Joan’s book also contains two lectures that she’s given to over 8,000 children and college students, in U.S., Switzerland, Sicily, China and Japan: WOMEN IN JAZZ and SO, YOU WANT TO BE A SINGER? Her workshops are dynamic and educational, highlighting the pitfalls and benefits of the music business. She contends that, “Knowing music theory is a step in the right direction for any singer who truly wants to excel in the world of music!”

Diva JC names any ensemble of musicians she works with “Jazz Hotline” because the music swings and it’s always HOT! Her most famous Blues are “Nobody’s Husband”, “OH, Baby!”  and “Treat Me Right And You Don’t Have To Marry Me”.

Natalie Brown

I am Canadian! Yeah, Canucklehead in the house. I’m a vocalist and songwriter. My music has been described as a lot of things, but currently most closely sounds like Pop/R&B with a dash of Electro-Soul flavor. I’ve co-owned my record label Identity Music Group since 2000 and run my own publishing company, natfunk music (BMI). I love animals – cats in particular. Music is my reason for living. My lowest low and highest high spans four and a half octaves. I am a reformed nail biter.

I currently call Toronto Canada “home”; although I really enjoyed the time I spent living in the DC/Maryland area as well as San Francisco. I enjoy listening to all kinds of music, from Pop, to Jazz, Chillout-Lounge to Progressive Metal. Dark, fizzy drinks make me break out. When I was a kid I used to jump off of fences and try to fly, but now I just jump out of planes. I’m the one you’ll hear laughing out loud at the stupid jokes no one else gets at the movie theater.

I’ve released 3 full-length original albums (LET THE CANDLE BURN’, RANDOM THOUGHTSand the latest – ‘THE RELATIONSHIP ODYSSEY), a limited edition Christmas album (A COOL CHRISTMAS) and a bunch of singles you’ve probably heard in a movie or TV show somewhere. I’m very loyal to people I love. I was offered a deal by a major label to ‘battle’ Alicia Keys. I’m glad I didn’t. I try to live 9 lives simultaneously. I have the worst potty mouth you could ever imagine! I know flowers speak to us. I learned a lot about patience while building my studio (Studio 302) where my latest album was recorded. I have an eBay addiction and a fetish for exotic pens and markers.

Lilla D’mone

I love singing, writing, producing, jammin, playing piano and guitar, freestyling, dancing, roller skating, cooking, painting, swimming, running, the beach, spending time with my family, friends and loved ones, nature, philosophy, history, looking at the stars, traveling, connecting, and stayin up all night in the studio.   My mission is to love, unite, spread consciousness, express my self and soul and uplift people with and through music.  I’m constantly learning and evolving and am grateful for every person and opportunity that life brings my way. Everyday is a chance to grow!

I love all roots music–

Clarissa Cupero

Raised in Warwick, New York, about 65 miles north of New York City, 19 year old Cupéro has been singing since she was four years old.

She started piano lessons at nine and guitar at sixteen, which for her, has been the key to unlock everything.

“Since picking up the guitar, everything has fallen into place – it was the right instrument for me to begin writing songs on, and image-wise, I love it. When I’m playing guitar – that’s the essence of who I am.”

Influenced by modern artists and a few classic rock artists, her biggest praise is reserved for the Columbian rock artist Juanes, a winner of seventeen Latin Grammys and who has sold over ten million albums.

Poetry

Vernon Davis Jr.

Vernon J. Davis Jr. has been writing poetry since the early seventies. He was first inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem “Impasse”, which started his journey and adventure into the world of poetry and the spoken word. Vernon’s very first published poem,”Beautiful Black Woman”(the basis for his poetry book) came out in 1978 in a magazine called Black Forum. More poetry followed in other magazines like SoulWord and Dawn, a magazine supplement to the Los Angeles Sentinel, an African-American newspaper. Mr. Davis has also taught Creative Writing and recited his poetry in talent shows, Church gatherings and open-mike forums. He is still inspired by and in awe of Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou. His Idols. His creative collection of Love poems,”Love,is, the Beautiful Black Woman” is his 1st book. Vernon’s 2nd book of poetry–“The Emosewa Woman”–was released Feb. 14th, 2010. He is currently working on his 3rd Book of Poetry, Tenatively Titled, “Her,   She,   Woman”(Her, She–Hershey(Chocolate) Woman).

WOMAN by Vernon J Davis Jr
 
WOMAN, Your Beauty exudes from Your Body
And I can taste Your Essence,
As Your Mind caresses those around You. … Peaceful Serenity You possess,
An inner calm that puts hearts to rest,
A trembling sensation flowing through the air
Wherever You may be.WOMAN, You are the Sun shining rays of Love.
You are the Breeze that soothes painful memories.
You are a Stunning Angel, fallen from the sky,
And lightning bows at Your Path
While thunder rolls at Your Command.
You are a Goddess, who offers the wine of
Happiness
And receives eyes of worship.
You are a Sparkling Waterfall seen from afar,
That Lights up the top of the world.
Your Beauty fulfills its needs and Your
Mind does as it please.WOMAN, You are Gorgeous,
And beyond my words, mind, and soul,
I have never met anyone like You.
And I never will!
www.emosewawoman.com

Graphic Art

Saint The Painter

Saint is an award winning South Carolina artist. His work is exhibited in galleries in South Carolina and his work is in private collections throughout the United States. He paints primarily with acrylics but experiments with many materials.

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Join us February 17, 2013 and meet our new hosts!

 

 

I am excited and blessed to introduce my sweetheart, Richard-Alan as our network’s new host. He is not only a talented musician but his knowledge and insight are a major asset to our multicultural artistic family. I am looking forward to our journey together… ~ Tania-Maria

“Humans are imperfect. That’s one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble. We’re on the quest for the perfect performance and every note has to be right. Man, every note is not right in life.” ~Branford Marsalis
 
The perfection of creation is in the artistic comprehension of complex ideas. The beauty of creation is in the multitude of ways we communicate love. However, through the …filter of human popular culture, our perception of art can morph into the sterile and superfluous, and our concept of love can morph into the selfish and salacious.
 
The perfection and beauty of God’s creation is inherent within the dimensions and details in which he communicates his love for us, and within the incalculable opportunities for us to communicate our love for others – without glorifying ourselves in the process.
 
I give thanks to God for those people who choose to color the world with love; giving us a better view of God’s love for us by sharing his love for them through their unique talents and gifts!

I also thank God for the vision he placed in Tania-Maria to honor his creative work in all of us! ~ Richard-Alan

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2011 ColoredPeople.net Calendar for Haiti

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Susaye Greene – Down to Earth and Reaching for the Sky – Talented ColoredPeople.net Member

Susaye Greene – Down to Earth and Reaching for the Sky – Talented ColoredPeople.net Member




Susaye Greene was born in Houston, Texas and attended and graduated from the “New York City High School of Performing Arts” (Made famous in the musical Fame)



Greene sang with Ray Charles’ “Raelettes” and was the only Raelette to sing at Ray’s funeral.



She is an acomplished songwritter whose credits include “Free”, which she co-wrote for Deneice Williams 1991 “This Is Niecy” album, and “I Can’t Help It” co-written with Stevie Wonder for Michael Jackson’s 1979 “Off the Wall” album. On Stevie’s ‘Joy Inside My Tears’, Susaye was the exclusive backing singer



If that is not impressive enough, she is noted for being the last official member to join Motown group “The Supremes” from 1976-1977 and has been credited for adding a new dimension to the group’s live act with her technical training and five-octave range. She recorded two albums with the group in 1976; “High Energy” and “Mary, Scherrie and Susaye”. In 1977, after Mary left the group, Susaye recorded Motown’s “Partners” (1979), including “Luvbug” (featuring Ray Charles) and “You’ve Been Good To Me”, with Scherrie Payne as Scherrie & Susaye while also hosting her own TV show “Hollywood Hot”.



In 1984 Susaye moved to London, England after meeting her husband and in the 90’s she sang lead in saxophonist Courtney Pine’s recording “Children Of The Ghetto” and recorded Motorcity’s solo singles “Stop I Need You Now” (1990) and her own version of “Free” (1991).



In 2002 released her first album, “No Fear Here” (Most of the songs were written by Susaye) and in 2005 she released her second album “Brave New Shoes”



She is also an incredible painter, photographer and Ambassador to California for Goodwill Treaty for World Peace http://www.goodwilltreaty.org.



Current projects:

– Collaborating on a new CD with UK artist Matti Roots. http://www.mattiroots.com. “I’m very excited about this project”, says Susaye.



– She is very involved in the music soundtrack of her friend James Bartling’s indie film Nostalgia, which comes out early next year. “The music is all vocals, no instruments and is attracting a lot of attention because of its’ unique treatment. I’ve been commissioned to paint the poster for the film too”



– Photographer Kim Carlsberg ( http://www.kimcarlsberg.com ) has invited Greene to be a part of her new book.



– She is recording a new CD for release in 2010.





“I’m the most excited woman I know!…” ~ Susaye Greene




It is an honor to have with us ColoredPeople.net’s talented member Susaye Greene on November 5, 2009 at 7pm Pacific/9pm Central/10pm Eastern at BlogTalkRadio.com/ColoredPeople



Join your host Tania-Maria Xavier as she talks to this beautiful sister about her life and current projects.



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Christopher Batten – A Lifetime of Colors

Christopher Batten – A Lifetime of Colors

Christopher Batten was born and raised in Detroit, MI and is the latest addition to DaughterNature.com’s Art Gallery.

Chris was influenced by his talented family, including his father, and began drawing at the tender age of four.

In middle school his teachers cultivated his talents when he was exposed to various techniques including opaque painting which helped prepare him for a rigorous High School Art Program.

After admission into Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, he decided to make the pursuit of Art his lifetime goal and he went on to complete one year of study at the Columbus College of Art and Design and four years of study at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies.

He received his BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies in May 2006. Extensive study of Art History and the influence of various Art Professors would play a vital part in helping him develop his current style, which depends heavily on the use of iconography and vivid color.

Throughout his journeys as an Artist he has always sought to use his work as a tool for addressing certain societal issues. Through the use of symbols (both familiar and unfamiliar), in conjunction with the figure, he aims to educate the viewer on something new or deepen their understanding of things they may have previously encountered.

Overall, his work is directed at achieving some means of social commentary. His goal as an Artist will always be to continue to use his work as a vehicle for enlightenment.

Christopher works primarily in oils or acrylic and occasionally incorporates collage into his work. His influences include Henry O. Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, John Singer Sargent, Diego Velasquez, Frank Duveneck…

He stays busy and his 2009 Exhibitions, so far are:

Mano a Mano (Reggae vs. Hip Hop), 5 Spot, Atlanta GA
Song for my Father, Artrages Gallery, Detroit MI
Rediscovering the Feminine Principle, Centurion Place, Detroit MI
Collector’s Choice, NCA Gallery, Detroit MI
Celebration of African American Aesthetics, Russell Gallery, Detroit MI
Heritage, NCA Gallery, Detroit MI
National Black Fine Art Show, New York NY
555 Annual Fundraiser, 555 Gallery, Detroit MI
Delta Sigma Theta Art Auction, Detroit MI
Expand your Canvas, Northridge Church Plymouth MI

We are proud to have Chris Batten as a talented member of ColoredPeople.net and we invite you to join our host, Tania-Maria Xavier on July 30, 2009 at 7pm PST/9pm CST/10pm EST at BlogTalkRadio.com/ColoredPeople

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Quwwa Davis – The Art Through His Eyes – Our Talented Member

Quwwa Davis – The Art Through His Eyes – Our Talented Member


Quwwa Davis is the youngest of three children and is a life-long resident of Dallas, Tx. As a child, art to him was coloring books and wheels, and the most important rule was to stay within the lines to keep it neat!



Growing up as a teenager he was mostly involved in playing sports and music and in high school, visual art was more of taking some art classes and doing certain projects.



As time went by, he was able to mesh the love for different genres of music and art and his art mainly consisted of painting t-shirts and doing a few canvas projects as he pursued a career in architecture, which was short lived, as he became disenchanted with it after taking a few drafting classes.



Out of high school he decided to pursue commercial arts and go to college and major in Art History, but plans once again changed when he was approached by his English teacher who suggested he become an illustrator. As life goes, Quwwa encountered personal experiences which distracted him from art altogether and shifted his focus to life and family as he became more politically and spiritually involved.



After 14 years away from his art, in 2006, a simple pencil drawing he made of two homeless individuals rekindled a spark that he knew had never really died.








He says: “I needed something to motivate me… I have actually found a rebirth in my expression after being away from this love for 14 years. I don’t regret being away from it, for I feel my art is a deep reflection of all that I have learned and felt during that time being. My maturation from a young man into a much wiser, more responsible person has allowed me express my joy, pain and struggle as a human being living in a society which seems to be losing touch with its humanity.”








Quwwa says that most of his creations are dark-oriented, which gives a dark mood, but in that dark mood his intention is to face the problem head-on in order to feel the liberation of freedom. In some cases you can call his art “reverse psychology”, inducing the negative to bring about the positive.








Recently he became deeply entrenched with textures, as textures to him are unpredictable, and at the same time challenging. They also allow him to play with his art, although the subject matter may be serious and at times disheartening.



“I feel this balance is sorely needed to insure that my art can be taken seriously while at the same time offer hope. After it is all said and done, I want my art to give people the opportunity to express and convey feelings that a materialistic and artificial society wants to stifle. I also want it to provoke thought and raise consciousness, and spur movement that will uplift and return mankind back to his/her God-given honorable position.” ~ Quwwa Davis



Visit Quwwa at: Quwwa Art

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