We are saddened to report that the poet and performance artist Sekou Sundiata passed away this week. KadmusArts interviewed him one year ago as he was touring his latest work The 51st Dream State, when he discussed with us the process by which he created his rich, multi-faceted works.
Sundiata created the acclaimed theatre works The Circle Unbroken is a Hard Bop, which toured throughout the U.S. and received three AUDELCO Awards and a Bessie Award; The Mystery of Love, commissioned and produced by New Voices/New Visions at Aaron Davis Hall in New York and the American Music Festival in Philadelphia; Udu, a music theatre work produced at 651 ARTS, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and the Walker Art Center amongst other venues; and The 51st Dream State which he performed at the Vision Festival, the BAM Next Wave Festival, and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. His most recent recording, Long Story Short, was released by Righteous Babe Records.
Grounded in the African American experience, Sundiata used his talents to help us explore who we are, and what makes for a life filled with meaning and beauty.