Exquisite dance performance at All Roads Film Festival
Combined with film viewing, National Geographic Society employs performance artists such as Anna Mwalagho + Z, her musicians. Here she is dancing in the oval entrance to National Geographic Society outside the Grosvenor Auditorium Wednesday evening.
“Internationally recognized as the “Queen of spoken Afro beat” and also “Mama Africa.” She has captivated many with her blend of spoken word, African dance, music, acting, and storytelling into an electrifying one woman show. Her theatrical poetry inspires, evokes thought and entertains as well as educates all ages and races. Her music has a unique message from the soul of the motherland. It tells the story of life’s rough but fulfilling journeys. Since the launch of her career in the United States, Anna has become one of the most sought after African Spoken Word/Afro beat artist. She recently shared the stage with the international South African Jazz legend HUGH MASEKELA in Washington DC where she and her band formed less than a year ago (Afrofloetry band) were the featured opening act. She also had the chance to collaborate with another African musical legend OLIVER MTUKUDZI, as they performed her famous poem/song “Flavored World” during his US tour in 2006.
Not only has she entertained dignitaries such as NOBEL PRIZE winner Nobel Laureate Mrs. Wangari Maathai, but she has graced the stages of high profile venues including: The Kennedy Center, The World Bank, US Army Material Command, UNAIDS,US Africa Business Conference, Washington Convention Center, Zanzibar on the waterfront restaurant and club, Smithsonian Museum of African Art, State Department and many more. She has been featured on MHZ-TV, WHUR 96.3 FM, WETA 90.9FM, Voice of America, CBS TV/WUSA9 TV, XM Satellite Radio, Harold Channer TV and many more.
In 2006, she celebrated the successful launch of her debut CD “Ukweli” which means “Truth” in her native language Kiswahili. This year 2011, she is celebrating the release of her second album HAKI which means Justice.”