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Kara Mack will be back at the Talking Stick...and now featuring songs from her debut album "A Negroe's Spiritual". Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to get down this is amazing new project that Kara has finally released everywhere online!
"A Negroe's Spiritual"
For the past 10 years, Kara Mack has immersed herself in the African Diaspora; going to the sources of each to study the music, dance, and culture individually. She even traveled to Guinea, West Africa in 2007 and studied during a time when the country declared martial law. It was during this time as well that Kara began to see the connections between every style and how important it was for the people who love such cultures to see the similarities as well. So sitting one night under the stars in Guinea, West Africa, she knew her first album would be called “A Negroe’s Spiritual”. A play off of the style that is the foundation of American music and the heart of her Southern roots, “A Negroe’s Spiritual” is a testimony of Kara’s life and a musical bridge connecting all African styles from around the world. Calling this budding style “Afro-Soul”, Kara Mack’s music is a gumbo pot of various popular African American and world Soul music, with a message that is very direct and cuts straight to the point. Recorded both with live musicians that have played for Jill Scott all the way to Ghana’s own Rocky Dawuni, and digital elements creatively infused by upcoming producer Kahlil Cummings, this album is a living, breathing experience from the beginning to the end. With all songs written by Kara, the album starts off with “Djarabi”, a traditional song played on the kora from West Africa dedicated to the lion king of the Mali Empire Sundiata Keita. Kara takes this melody and her story as an African-American who won’t forget her African roots; which goes into the addicting hip-hop/R&B title track “A Negroe’s Spiritual”. “Black Man” is a Roots Reggae anthem for all black men to keep their head up in the mist of struggles, while “Je Ne Sais Pas” is Kara’s internal battle with the light she has inside, but the chaos and darkness that surrounds her. Even on the topic of love, Kara gives a more direct message about its own difficulties in “Love Me”; asking her man to remember that he sought after her and to continue to love her despite the many outside forces that try to pull them apart. Continuing all the way until the end of the record, Kara’s message is clear: Despite the harsh realities, everyone is here for a purpose and should push through to complete their purpose on this earth. This is her story…this is everybody’s story. This is our spiritual.
When & Where
Kara Mack is one of those ‘True Southern Gals’ and heralded as one of South Carolina’s best-kept secrets. Being a native of Columbia, South Carolina, she got her start performing for youth ministries, schools and conferences. Her contemporaries have nothing but praise for her, admiring her voice that emulates her birthplace, her melodic tone as sweet as a river and her soothing harmonies like water from the mountains. Kara has brought that Southern heart and soul with her when she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a young budding artist. Now in her new setting, with the sunny beaches of LA as her backdrop, Kara, not constrained by the limitations of being a typical solo singer, she branched out and demonstrated her abilities as a talented dancer. Kara has showcased her dance prowess performing in several awards shows including the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards, the 2005 BET Awards and the 2005 Billboard Music Awards. Her newfound but not at all surprising success as a professional dancer led her to teach West African Dance at Debbie Allen Dance Academy and she has lent her abilities and expertise to the First and Second Annual Dance and Music Festival. Her foray into the dance scene in LA has ultimately led to becoming an Artist Residence for the renown ‘Theatre of Hearts” program, a non-profit organization that focuses on reaching out to the at-risk youth in Los Angeles through the Arts. Not content with contributing to only one charitable organization, Kara hasn’t forgotten her roots. She has managed to co produce and direct the Fashion Extravaganza for Jewels Inc., a South Carolina charity organization that aims to inspire the youth of the state through fashion and the creative industries. Obviously impressed by her natural ability, Canne’, an African dance troupe originating from LA approached Kara and recruited her. From there Kara became a mainstay figure in Swing Brazil (Afro Brazilian Dance and Drum Company) and Balandugu Kan; a traditional west African drum troupe where she performs the duties of artistic director/choreographer. Her choreography quickly became as renowned as her voice, featuring heavily in West Africa; including Ghana’s number one song “African Reggae Fever”. FIFA World Cup Official Song “Waka Waka” performed by international superstar Shakira and Pape N’Diaye Rose’s song that topped the charts in Senegal. Clearly Kara’s ability and impressive all round talent is not limited by country lines and geography. Despite finding so much success as a gifted dancer, Kara has not placed her musical career on the backburner. Putting no limitations on her God given abilities, she also collaborates with JaJa Productions and has finally debuted her first LP “A Negroes Spiritual EP” in July 2013. The album features Kara’s signature sound, singing from her soul that is deeply rooted in the resonance of the old school, she understands the power and gift of words and has seamlessly translated this understanding onto her LP. It becomes all too apparent that performing for her is natural as she communicates untold realism with the confidence and grace of a seasoned veteran of the stage. Her presence is haunting and her ability awe inspiring, through her music you will see and get to know a young lady determined to make her own niche in the dance and musical arena. We can’t wait to see what she does next.