Community Café: Healing Planet Rock
Featuring: Baraka Blue with Anas Canon, Yuna, Seasunz + J.Bless and Zzaje
With Live Recycled Art by eL Seed and Savera Iftikhar
When: February 25, 2011, DJ and Food at 6PM, Show at 7PM
Host: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin & DJ: Ms. Dia
Cost: $5 Suggested Donation
Where: Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 S. Halsted St.
IMAN teams up with Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, author of “Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet” for a night dedicated to healing the planet through our art and music. Help us make this Community Café a Zero Trash Event by bringing your own water bottle and getting a free gift, using our special bins for composting an eating from biodegradable plates.
In 2008, via Indie-Pop Music, Yuna released her self-titled EP in her home country of Malaysia and instantly began turning heads. The single “Deeper Conversation” became a massive success and went on to win the title of Best English Song at the 2009 AIM Awards, Malaysia’s national music awards. Yuna swept the ceremony, garnering Best Pop Song and Song of the Year for her Malay song, “Dan Severnarya.” Growing up in a Muslim household in Malaysia, Yuna was first inspired by the universal appeal of acts like No Doubt, The Cranberries, and Fiona Apple. At the age of 19, while in law school, she picked up a guitar and began to fervently write. She joined various art groups and recognized her love and natural talents for sketching, photography, web design and graphic design. Today, further attesting to her creative ability, Yuna is part owner of the clothing shop I Am Jet Fuel, a successful couture boutique in Malaysia.
Deep into hip-hop at an early age, Baraka Blue’s journey through life and music greatly intertwined and balanced each other. His poetry has migrated from the matters of the world to the matters of the heart, resulting in an intensely spiritual vibe. The depth of his voice beautifully compliments the depth of his words, allowing a listener to simply simmer in the transcending music.
Seasunz + J.Bless
Brooklyn-based Producer & MC J.Bless and Oakland and California-based front-man MC & singer Seasunz combine production and vocal talents to create a unique brand of jazz, soul and reggae influenced hip-hop in their first collaborative album, ‘Earth Amplified.’ This Green Hip-Hop album features lyrics that touch on many of the environmental and socio-political issues of the day.
Showcasing a cross section of soul, funk, jazz, hiphop, rock and classical music, this group of young passionate men has consistently proven that music has no limitations. As a group, ZZAJÉ has been together for more than five years and their musical track record in the industry continues to climb new heights.
eL Seed’s art is a mixture of street art and Arabic Calligraphy. It is the product of a double marginality, that of an oriental art seeking a voice in the occidental world, and that of street art struggling to legitimize its presence on the contemporary art scene. This duality enables the reconciling of two supposedly opposing worlds and two supposedly clashing cultures.
Savera is someone who tries to see beauty in the everyday. Using her Creator, the greatest artist of all, as inspiration, she closely views every passing subject and image to the most minute detail always left in awe of His neverending combinations of color, composition and concept. She is an aspiring painter/drawer and photographer and hopes that she will be able to capture with justice the unique beauty that The One has spread all over His land. And it is with this in mind, body and heart that she hopes to bring that same connection to all that view her work. artsavvy.carbonmade.com
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin is author of the acclaimed book, “Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet.” For the past ten years, Ibrahim has been a passionate voice for transforming our pollution-based way of life to one that prioritizes our planet and its people. Ibrahim’s dedication to the environment is rooted in his religion of Islam. Ibrahim is an environmental policy consultant and has worked with a number of organizations committed to environmental health.
Community Cafe is supported in part by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and One Chicago, One Nation.