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29th Annual AfroSolo Arts Festival Performance Series: Standing Our Ground

May 26 - May 27

Mistress of Ceremony Dr. Brenda Wade, Soprano Jeannine Anderson accompanied by harpist Destiny Muhammad, multi-instrumentalist Avotcja who will perform a new work based on our festival’s theme, and actor Brian Maurice Freeman who performs “Tumble. Fall. Embrace” about Black Joy and the moment Coretta & MLK Met.”

Charles Blackwell
, poet, singer, and visual artist, will premiere a multi-media work titled: “SHOULDERS TO STAND ON.” The work will include poetry, music, and a dancer who will amplify his message of the battle and conquest of the human spirit that has emerged from the injustice, inequality, and oppression that Black people have experienced.

Dr. Mwanza Furaha will perform a musical tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou permitted Dr. Furaha to utilize her poems. She has transformed the poems into a musical soundtrack that honors Dr. Angelou’s phenomenal poetry in a way that glorifies her priceless contributions to our history and culture.

Eric Ward performs “The Last to Know: A Hoarder’s Story,” which is a story about family dynamics. In the aftermath of his Mother’s death and the erosion of his family during his teen years, Eric began to “Collect” things, primarily Musical albums, to cope with the stress. He never saw himself developing into a full-fledged hoarder

Dr. Brenda Wade, Mistress of Ceremony, is an internationally recognized media host, expert, speaker, bestselling author, and significant publication contributor. Dr. Wade has created and led transformational events making her one of the elite global relationship and DEI experts.

Jeannine Anderson, soprano, is a classically trained opera singer. Anderson performs a mini-concert of twenty minutes along with harpist Destiny Muhammad. featuring Black Spirituals and classical music.

Avotcja is an AfroSolo Arts Festival alumnus who will perform a new work she created based on our festival’s theme. In addition, she is an award-winning poet and multi-instrumentalist.

Brian Freeman is an actor, director, playwright, educator, and performance artist. He will perform “Untitled,” a work exploring his family and growing up in Boston, MA. Freeman is a San Francisco Mime Troupe veteran and has performed in theaters throughout the San Francisco Bay.

Destiny Muhammad is a recording, performing artist, Band Leader, composer, and producer. She will perform a twenty-minute mini-concert with vocalist Jeannine Anderson, featuring Black Spirituals and classical music. Her genre spans Celtic to Coltrane. Muhammad has curated concerts for Grace Cathedral Christmas Concert Series, SFJAZZ, and the San Francisco Symphony SOUNDBOX Series.

Registration Is Required For ALL Performances at both Stage Werx and Potrero Stage in person and online.



May 26
May 27
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San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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