Featuring: TIFFANY WILSON

Soul singer extraordinaire Tiffany Wilson has endeared herself to audiences across the World with magnetic live performances and unflinching honesty. Drawing from a well of inspiration that reflects inner and outer change, politics, and the vision of a brighter future, Ms. Wilson’s soaring melodies and infectious hooks serve as the sugar for the medicine (and the lesson) to go down.

Tiffany Wilson has received consistent radio airplay, KEXP being one of her biggest supporters, and has made appearances on programs such as “ Art Zone with Nancy Guppy”. With two full length albums and a host of collaborations forthcoming, Tiffany Wilson has continued to fuel the fire of hers and her audience’s inspiration.

Zoser is a singer/songwriter and music bender with a soulful voice, thoughtful lyrics, and a guitar. Music grounds Zoser as he sings his way through the Puget Sound.

As an up and coming Seattle artist, Zoser began playing guitar when he was just 10-years-old. By the age of 12, he began penning his own lyrics and performing to local audiences in his hometown of Augusta, Georgia. Zo remained a fixture on the local musical scene until relocating to Seattle where he graduated from West Seattle High School in 2018.

While in high school, Zoser was a gold medalist in the Seattle King County NAACP ACTSO competition where he went on to represent the branch at the National convention. He has been inducted into the Washington Young Laureates program and is currently an intern at Totem Star. At the beginning of this year, he was a semi-finialist for SoundOff! 2019 and a member of More Music at The Moore.

Zoser's musical style cannot be easily categorized. His music shifts seamlessly between pop, folk, and hip hop with influences ranging from Michael Kiwanuka to Childish Gambino. A simple six-string, in Zo’s hands, transforms into a “beat box,” lending percussive bass to funky hip-hop rhymes.

By culling and synthesizing seemingly disparate musical forms and influences, Zoser has crafted a sound that is wholly and undeniably his own.

The result is something spectacular to behold: a voice that conveys a world-weary ache and a bright optimism, and a sense of musicality that is both rhythmic and infectiously melodic. He is a singer, a storyteller and something of a revelation – not necessarily a soul singer but something more rare and precious – a singer with soul.

Tracey Wong

Tracey Wong (she/her) is a queer Chinese-American (Teochew) dancer, educator, and community space holder. Born and raised in Seattle, Tracey takes pride in representing her city and wishes to inspire folx and cultivate community spaces that empower many, especially Queer, Women, and BIPOC communities. She is the Director of Malicious Vixens, an all-Asian American women performance collective who showcase globally and seek to create impact with intentional, unapologetic, and uplifting work.

Tracey has founded many community arts organizing events such as of Queen of the Hill, an all-ladies dance event series and Punk N Funk, Seattle's largest Waacking/ Whacking battle. For the past 3 years, she has also been a co-organizer and host for Sweet 16, an annual international open-styles dance jam that happens in her favorite neighborhood, Seattle's Chinatown-ID. Her current work centers on community care and building a strong & sustainable virtual community with her peers through her online classes and gatherings — Honey n Sensualitea, Waacking/ Whacking class, and W*acking Open Mic Nights.

Pre-COVID-19, she had travelled throughout the world to rep her city proudly through judging, performing, teaching, competing, and placing. She hopes to continue to face her fears in her new phase of life and to continue to deepen her understanding of herself so that she can continue to heal and sprinkle joy back into her community and loved ones.

Some notable accomplishments from her competitions include:
Ladies of Hip Hop LA in Waacking (2019 - 1st place)
Waack, Crackle, Lock (2019 - 1st place)
Vancouver Street Dance Festival in Waacking (2018 - 1st Place).

-Photo by Marika

Live Art by Taylor Yingshi, Poetry by Azura Tyabji

Taylor Yingshi is a creator exploring the preservation of heritage through visual storytelling and museum-based programming. Her artwork has been nationally recognized by the Congressional Institute, the YoungArts Foundation, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
Currently residing in Washington, she spends her free time exploring the Wing Luke Museum’s archives and reading Murakami novels.
 
Azura Tyabji is a poet, performer, and Youth Speaks alum from Seattle, Washington and author of Stepwell (Poetry Northwest, 2018). She was the 2018-19 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate and National Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador for the West region of the US.
 
Azura writes from the convergence of her Black and Indian identities and strives to lend her voice to movements for liberation. She is currently studying a 13th cohort First Wave Scholar at University of Madison, Wisconsin. 

Food by Mulugeta Abate, Phresh Eats kitchen

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Chef Mulu

"Blending traditional dishes from around the world, Chef Mulu Abate has created his own line of fusion entrees that bring the flavors of distant cultures together.

Growing up in the restaurant business since he was 12 years old, Abate had always been exposed to traditional Ethiopian food. But after emigrating from Ethiopia, he followed his passion to learn about other cultures by immersing himself into the savory world of the culinary arts.

Self-described as a businessman, Abate has run several successful restaurants and cafes that have built his reputation in the Northwest as a fusion chef."

--Biography by The Seattle Globalist

 

Chef Mulu is intimately involved with DNDA programs, providing cooking classes for our youth since 2017. In 2020, youth in High Point and NewHolly receive cooking kits prepared by Chef Mulu. These kits include all of the ingredients needed to prepare a delicious meal to feed the whole family, and have an instructional video for youth to follow along to. Our youth learn the basics of cooking, while enjoying recipes from around the world. You can check out some of his recipes on DNDA TV.

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