invite you to
Experience the Crossroads: Celebrating the Arts, Education, Global Culture & Fair Trade
with a performance by Neo-Soul World Music Artist KOKU GONZA.
Culture has the power to inspire, illuminate, educate, unify and heal. Experience the Crossroads is an ongoing cultural exchange program designed by Real Time Leadership Solutions, Inc. (RTLeads), Global Fusion & Real Time Africa to harness this power for positive use. Experience the Crossroads presents lovers of world music and global culture an opportunity to interact with others, exchange knowledge, share experiences and access cultural products in a hospitable environment.
The September 21st installment of Experience the Crossroads commemorates the last official day of summer and ushers in the fall season (autumnal equinox). On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. Thus the equinox, a moment when the world is unified by shared experience, is the perfect occasion to introduce audiences to the genre blending and eclectic musical styling of Koku Gonza. At Experience the Crossroads, the audience will hear music from her critically acclaimed third album, Radiozophrenic for which she toured Europe. There will be a Q&A with the artist, a group discussion on fair trade and global culture by Global Fusion owner Diana Dills, Dub Poet Nana Fredua Agyemang & Lift Discussion and a DJ sound session with Reggae, High Life and Dub DJ Kwadwo “Ancient Man” Oppong-Wadie.
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FEATURED ARTIST: KOKU GONZA
The eclectic style of Koku Gonza's music stems from her parents.
Her father Longfellow Mugarula from Bukoba,Tanzania was a folk singer/songwriter and guitar player. Her mother a Jazz and Gospel artist from South Carolina played the flute, keyboard and saxophone. Her parents recognized her interest in music and enrolled her in piano lessons at an early age. After studying piano, she learned guitar in her last year of college at Indiana University. Within a few months of lessons, guitar became her first love.
She and her first love relocated to Chicago after college and began recording her EP Confessions of A Songwriter released in 2009. In the spring of 2010, she released her second self produced EP Play Ground. Since the release of her first EP, Koku Gonza has shared the stage with soulful heavy weight artists such as the Jazz-Funk Fusion legend Roy Ayers, the Millennium Bluesman Anthony David and the elegant Soulful-Siren Yahzarah.
Koku Gonza's music is parallel to the translation of her Kihaya name, which means lovely. She applies love, soul and passion into the ingredients of her genre defiant pallet on her first full- length album, Radiozophrenic. She is presently finishing her fourth album. http://www.kokugonza.com/
Experiencing the Crossroads builds upon this foundation.
Questions? Contact Nana Ofori-Atta of RTLeads, firstname.lastname@example.org , (phone):773-245-3231 or
Diana Dills of Global Fusion, https://www.globalfusiononline.com/contact/ (phone) 708-960-4649.
Diana Dills, Global Fusion Inc. · B.F.A. Ofori-Atta, Real Time Leadership Solutions, Inc.
· Kwadwo Oppong-Wadie, Village Leadership Academy · Dr. Zenobia Sowell · Lift Discussion