Mother African Union Church, affectionately known as “The Motherland,” is proud to present an Afternoon of Jazz and Spoken Word/Poetry on Saturday, May 20th from 4 pm to 7 pm. The event will be held at 812 N. Franklin St, Wilmington, tickets are $10.00 and available at the numbers listed in the contact information. The central theme for the afternoon will be Peace N’ Love …reflecting on loving each other, ourselves, our elders, respecting other cultures, peace at home & in the world…TOLERANCE. So if you’re looking for an enjoyable and entertaining Mother’s Day gift, you can’t go wrong with a ticket to Motherland’s An Afternoon of Jazz and Spoken Word event. The economical ticket price includes a light buffet and the very best in entertainment offering words of Peace N’ Love.
Featured artist will be Tony “Big Cat” Smith and Trio. Born and raised in Wilmington, DE, Smith is an elite Trumpet player and one of Wilmington’s beloved and popular musicians; he is a retired educator and lifelong musician in the Philadelphia / Tri-State area. He remains in constant demand with jazz bands and orchestras, and has performed as a featured artist with many other top notch jazz artists and popular groups such as the Temptations, the Dells, and Four Tops. A member of The Delaware Jazz Alliance, he has performed at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, The Rehoboth Jazz Fest, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cape May Jazz Fest, West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Fest, and the DSU Passport To Jazz. In February he electrified the audience at the “Motherland’s “Annual Black History Program, the “African Vibe Night.” Smith also co-authored along with Will Smith, SR. a novel entitled “The Waymor.”
The Featured Spoken Word Artist will be Philadelphia’s Lamont Dixon, aka Napalm Da Bomb. Dixon has been a prominent presence on the music/poetry/arts scene for many years. As a poet-performer-teaching artist and mentor to young artists, Lamont demonstrates what he describes as “vibepoetics” : an eclectic mixing of multiple artistic genres to provide dramatic language arts education. Napalm’s poetry has been published in many magazines and anthologies and he appears on various jazz CDs. Dixon served as co-executive producer for the Philadelphia’s segment of HBO’s Russell Simmons DEF Poetry Jam. Additionally, Napalm performs regularly with his band The Jazz Poetics.
The program will feature a birthday tribute to “Malcolm X,” whose birthday is May 19th. The tribute will include a video, music, dance, and poetry and will featuring “Napalm” and local artist.
Aspiring poets are encouraged to sign up (4-5 pm) for open MIC. The central theme for the evening is Peace N Love, all subject matter must be appropriate and no profanity will be allowed.
This event is a fundraising effort in order to support the site for the Ujima After-School program and this summer’s PSFLF CDF Freedom School which plans to house over 100 scholars free of charge.