In Memoriam: Sekou Sundiata

Photo: Sekou SundiataWe 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.

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5 Responses to “In Memoriam: Sekou Sundiata”

  1. rahimah lateef
    July 18th, 2007 21:53
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    sekou sekou sekou–a piece of the firmament for those of us who honor the best in cool black truth is not where it’s supposed to be–truthful, caring, brilliant–the pain just gets a little deeper–however we will somehow continue as his representatives–thanks for the truth cool black brilliant obsidian like truth.

  2. Lee Pachter
    July 21st, 2007 12:27
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    You exposed me (and countless other) to vibes, viewpoint, meaning, music and truth. You will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. Thannk you.

  3. Jan Clausen
    August 14th, 2007 15:28
    3

    Sekou was a dear colleague and poet-friend of mine at the New School where we both taught. For a short tribute that will be published in the next Poetry Project Newsletter, I’m trying to obtain a good photograph. Might I know where you obtained the one you posted here, and/or could I have permission for the Newsletter to use it if that’s in your hands?
    Thanks,
    Jan Clausen

  4. Wiley Newton
    August 14th, 2007 19:32
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    Today, I listened to Blue Oneness of Dreams and my heart just ached. There is no voice like his. The wisdom was so concentrated…he took what the ancestors gave us all and pushed it uptempo into a handbag or a wallet, made complicated blackness a cool accessory, listening to him was like spending money on something you really wanted. Valuable. He was/is so valuable. He explained us as Black people so well in all our triumph sand madness. I so deeply lament not ever seeing him in person, but my bond is so hyper personal from CD’s and Sekou sightings shared between friends. He guided me through personal tragedy, laughing and crying and cooing at his awesome word play. His poetry remains as a father to me.

  5. AfrikBoutik
    August 25th, 2007 05:13
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    It’s really sad to have heard that Sekou has parted this life. He was such an inspiration for all the folks that got to know him and his works. He will be missed.

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