Working Girl Blues: American Roots Songs from the Female Perspective
- Ashkenaz, Berkeley CA
Abja & the Lions of Kush last graced our stage in March for our anniversary celebration of “40 Years Dancing for Peace.” Whether collectively or on personal journeys, all of the Lions of Kush have performed across the globe at reggae roots and culture events, spreading their musical, lyrical, and spiritual highlights. They reunited to celebrate the release of Abja’s third CD, “Songs fa Jah.” Based in St. Croix, the Virgin Islands, Abja & the Lions of Kush have taken part in several U.S., Caribbean, and European tours, including feature appearances at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and on Tempo (the Caribbean’s equivalent of MTV). Their impact has been felt as well at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, and at the Kafountine Carnival in Senegal.
The Lions of Kush are Abja (the original Red I rebel I souljah), Ryan “Ishence” Willard (HigherBound Productions), Ayjee Beazer (also of Bambu Station), Ras Pulse, and Walker Pillow. The purpose behind all of the Lions’ music, they explain, is that “Creating in de Name of Jah Rastafari-Kushite music hails from the streams of consciousness of de ancient ways and traditions of Rastafari. The Mission is to spread de message of truth and rights to break de social, mental, and political chains imposed on humanity throughout de world. Sing Songs Fa Jah!”
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
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Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
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