San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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, a true ‘southern gal' got her start in Columbia, South Carolina, her birthplace, performing for youth ministries, schools and conferences as a singer/songwriter, dancer, and poet. Since her move to Los Angeles, she has developed into a beautiful, budding artist. As a dancer she performed in several award shows including the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards, the 2005 BET Awards, and the 2005 Billboard Music Awards. She has taught West African Dance and Dunham at Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and has assisted on the First & Second Annual African Dance and Music Festival. She was also an Artist-Residence for over 3 years for the renown “Theatre of Hearts” Program; a non-profit organization focusing on reaching the at-risk youth in Los Angeles through the arts. Also, for the past two years she has co-produced and directed the Fashion Extravaganza for Jewels Inc., a South Carolina charitable organization; whose mission is to inspire young people through the arts. Placing no limitations on her God given abilities, she also sings with JaJa Productions and has two albums currently out all over the world; her EP “Selah” and her debut LP “A Negroe’s Spiritual”. This singer/songwriter and spoken-word artist also currently sings background for Ghanaian superstar and Grammy nominated artist Rocky Dawuni as well and is set to release a mixtape this year. During her trip to Senegal, West Africa, Kara premiered her first single “I Love You So” from the mixtape on its number one network SenTV.
Kara Mack performs with Canne', an African dance troupe in Los Angeles, Swing Brazil (Afro-Brazilian Dance and Drum Company), and Balandugu Kan; a Traditional West African Drum and Dance Troupe where she serves as Artistic Director/Choreographer. She also just recently joined the world-renowned Viver Brasil; a music and dance company featuring Afro-Brazilian and Contemporary dance. She continues to work with major choreographers, like Fatima Robinson, for live performances by R. Kelley and the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party; and Jonelle Monae on American Idol. She recently collaborated with Fatima for Kendrick Lamar’s historic performance of “Alright” on the 58th Grammy Awards. Her choreography is currently featured on three music videos that are shown all over the world this year, predominately in West Africa; including Ghana's "African Reggae Fever" (Rocky Dawuni), "African Thriller" (Rocky Dawuni), FIFA World Cup Official Song performed by Shakira "Waka Waka", and Senegal's number 1 song by Pape N'Diaye Rose. She recently worked with choreographer/creative director J.R. Taylor (J.Lo, Mariah Carey, etc.) choreographing a “Coming to America” theme for Snoop Dogg son’s birthday party and recently choreographed the Africa movement in Gwen Stefani’s performance of her hit song “Misery” on The Voice. Having trained in all African styles with dance masters from Brazil, Cuba, West Africa and Central Africa, her goal is to master them all dances of the African Diaspora; while showing the unity within being so spread apart. Kara Mack is also a successful producer/choreographer that premiered two sold-out performances of “The Essence” on September 29th and 30th, 2012. Choreographed, written, and directed by Kara Mack, The Essence is a unique approach to the retelling of the multiple realities of Africa. For the first time on a Los Angeles stage, dancers and drummers from West Africa, Brazil, Cuba, and the United States united for a single purpose.
In September 20, 2014, she launched her online magazine “Africa In America: Music, Dance, & Culture Magazine”; which represents as a primary resource for both professional African dance, music-based artists and art participants who are interested in the growing culture here in America while blending state-of-the–art visuals and using the cutting-edge fashions of today. These styles include the arts from North and South America, the Caribbean, West, Central, and Southern Africa. With a mix between “Dance Magazine” and “Essence”, “Africa in America: Music, Dance, and Culture Magazine” is dedicated to becoming the voice of a growing community of artists who have had little to no representation in the music and dance fields. On that same night, Kara Mack also launched Africa In America’s Annual Original Works Showcase for African Diasporic Music and Dance. This is apart of Kara’s mission to support talent and original works specialized in African Arts in America. Though she does not teach consistent classes in Los Angeles, she continues to teach major workshops in California.
It is apparent that performing is a "natural", as she communicates with the confidence and style of a seasonal professional. Because of her style, you will immediately grasp the seriousness of this artist; which reveals the graces of a young lady determined to make her own niche in dance and the musical arena. With her jovial spirit, Kara, through dance and song, expresses her love for the rhythm in music, which is why she embraces and continues to learn more about the different forms of African dance. Kara believes that through her gifts she can stir up the gifts in young people; renewing hope in their hearts, inspiring them to reach for the impossible. Kara Mack is truly an artist you must personally encounter.