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What is the current passion you are pursuing?

At present I am really taking the time to assess my wants, needs as a musician/ experience producer as well as my long-term goals. I love the artist community but too often older artists are jaded due to experience and not understanding how business and money plays a role in the long-term sustainability in doing what you love; what is in your heart. So that has been a motivator for me to evaluate, adjust and refocus.

My focus right now is to spend time creating and completing a lot of pieces that have been on my plate for the past year in collaboration with my band, Black Licorice (Osei Kweku, Swayondrums, Michael Beckett), Isaac SawyerWill Porter, Apache Brown Band,Gifted Soul-Child and Qbell4H. I am focused on creating my best quality going forward. Now that I have moved back to PA, I do have more sense of urgency to commit to my current projects, promote and expand my brand.

Additionally, something that is very visible and accessible is Soul Motif Thursdays hosted by Apache Brown as well as myself. It is a virtual open mic streamed on YouTube via Streamyard where the mic is truly open. We extend an invite to singers, emcees, spoken word artists, musicians and the like. We are here to provide a safe space for artists on all levels to share, connect and grow.

I have several business ideas that I am currently working on under Kita P Music LLC that I will be able to fully elaborate on at a later date.

Anything in particular that sparked your drive to pursue these passions?

It was February 2009 and I had gone through a sort of break up. I realized when it was all over that I wasn’t pursuing what I loved while in a relationship. So when it was over I had a moment where I had no clue what to do with myself. I was in my early 20s and just like now, I had to evaluate, adjust and refocus. With some growing pains and the growing understanding of personal accountability in ones life, I started pushing myself toward the things I wanted for my future. Ultimately it has never really been about the things I wanted but more so, “What do I need for my inner peace?” Then in 2012 I released my first project Kita P (EP of 4 tracks). Then from there it has been about getting better with my delivery so it continues to resonate and expand to folks outside of my immediate circle. I will have to say all of these endeavors have their struggles but for me it is all worth and the avenue for my inner peace.

Can you describe an instance or a situation when you faced significant fear or doubt in your life in which you successfully came out on the other side?

Fear is such a trippy thing because the majority of the time we make up our fears which causes all the doubt and anxiety that plagues us from within. Situations in which fears and doubts bubble up to the surface and I just push through to overcome are often in life in general. When it comes to sharing my work, creating and collaborating specifically, it has been unresponsiveness (on my end too) working with others to complete something we are in love with and love doing. As a creator you need community. The process to whatever success involves a team and/or a community of others in the network to leverage and expand. It can become frustrating when you had momentum on a project and the other(s) just falls off. Like I said I have been on both ends of that and it does create a good feeling for me as a creative. It is though, the nature of things 🙂 So it really is getting the gumption to continue when you have these moments (where you may feel invisible, not valued, you start to question your own artistry) to continue to build and create/move forward. I like to think that the collab was not meant for this time but it does not mean it will never happen.

What is your overall mindset/mantra in pursuing your passion despite fear or obstacles that come your way?

Frantz Fanon in my opinion says it best for me at this point in my life, “I should not seek there for the meaning of my destiny. I should constantly remind myself that the real leap consists in introducing invention into existence. In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.”

There is a lot in that statement but essentially I consider my own personal call to action to continuously move forward and not to get stuck in the past. As a cancer sun sign, I am that cancer that does live in the past sometimes (something I don’t always like to admit).

“I should not seek there for the meaning of my destiny. I should constantly remind myself that the real leap consists in introducing invention into existence. In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.”

-Frantz Fanon


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