Akua Taylor wants to heal the world, literally. The infectiously positive performing artist wants to make the world a better place, one production at a time. Critical of negative messages in modern music, Akua writes songs that are like affirmations. She’s an 80’s baby with a love for hip-hop and r&b, from Milwaukee, WI and influenced by groups like Arrested Development, Lauryn Hill and Sade. With music that responds to the nightly news with one remedy: word sound power. Akua’s independently produced single “Approve,” quotes Louise Hay by adding melody to the mantra, “I approve of myself, I love myself, I accept who I am.” Using harmonies from her Fisk Jubilee Singer days in college, Akua belts heartfelt storytelling tunes of her own struggles with emotional well-being, turning test into testimony. Her gritty coming of age in New York City can be heard in the messages, trying to steer folk towards a positive path. There she sang at Eric Robeson’s Sol Village showcase at club SOB’s and appeared in Gregory Porter’s music video “Illusions.” Akua is also the producer, playwright and actress of “Song Lake” which was featured at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival October 2018. Locally, Akua manages her band Messenger Productions. Nationally she sings with corporate band "Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters." Internationally she’s toured the Bahamas, Spain and Ghana with internet radio nods from England and Iceland.
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Song Lake is a theatrical music healing experience. Part stage play and part live music, Song Lake is the story of three angels who gather all the problems of the world and pour them into distant lake to heal the community. Akua narrates the story between original songs that encourage the audience to participate, sing along and heal themselves with the words. Song Lake is an artistic response to recent protest movements, current events and human suffering.
Approve is a workshop for abused women designed to help participants heal from past trauma and move forward renewed. Akua demonstrates how to use word sound power combined with movement and vocal energy as a source of strength. The Approve Workshop is especially for small gatherings, shelters, safe houses and support groups but is also great for conferences, retreats or spiritual gathering.
Reach Higher is an interactive, multimedia presentation for youth that encourages students to strive for their goals and believe in self. To Reach Higher, students are reminded to 1. know their ancestry, 2. work hard, 3. let no obstacle stop them and 4. love who they are. Akua sings original songs and uses powerful demonstrations to engage students of all ages.
ASSATA: One Woman:
A one woman play about Assata Shakur’s story from her own words.
Akua tells Assata’s story through 10 different characters, dance, music and poetry. Originally performed at Fisk University as her senior dissertation, Akua wrote ASSATA: one woman to raise awareness around the inhumane treatment of political prisoners.
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