a vivid extended
monologue ... written and performed by
Kwelismith, she moved from rich prose to marvelous singing and back with
seamless ease that disguised her artistry and splendid sense of timing.”
--Joan Reinthaler, Washington Post
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kwelismith (or just Kweli) is an
artist, Jazz vocalist and music educator. She earned a Bachelor’s
Music Education at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a Master’s
in Counseling Psychology at Trinity University in Washington, D.C.
interdisciplinary work, Kweli examines the psychosocial impact of
culture on African American music. She is the author of a poetry
the art of Singing and a music book, Secret Meeting,
Kwanzaa Songs and
A member of The Center for Research in Black Music,
Kweli has been a workshop facilitator for (NASPAAM) The National
the Study and Performance of African American Music (an affiliate of
is a member of IBWC International Black Women’s Congress a collective of
scholars, artists and activists.
In recognition of her many educational and musical contributions, in
2005, Kwelismith was selected as Washington’s Hometown
Hero by WETA Public Television for her innovative ideas fusing music
environmental science and music with social activism. In 1991, She
Mayor’s Art Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist.