“. A talented poet, U-Meleni, provides graceful segues, while Melanee Addison, Jackie Davis, and Valerie Lee show fine potential, as do the directors, including Parker herself.”
“Jamati: Please talk to us about your first album. U-Meleni: My first album, Birth, Death and the Ressurection, was a labor of love. My family, friends and the Boston artistic community supported me in making the album. I dare say that it was a response to them wanting to have my songs, poems, essays with them. It was not enough for them to hear me perform they wanted something to keep.”
"Ya Ma'Afrika" aims to entertain, enlighten and educate its audience. The show celebrates the diversity of talented actors from all over Africa and the Diaspora. "Ya Ma'Afrika's" dynamic cast includes U-MELENI MHLABA, a Zimbabwean recording artist, as Kui, Noro EJAITA a Nigerian performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, as Yetunde, celebrated Zimbabwean actor NOMSA MLAMBO, as Chipo, Cameroonian actor/model YANA BILLE, as Welisane, Jamaican born DAVID HERON, the 2006 New York City Council Award recipient for Excellence in the Arts, as Marcus, Congolese-American OMEKONGO DIBINGA an Urban Music Award-winning poet, rapper, and motivational speaker as Yenga and Haitian born S.Atibon Legba an amazing total artist as Pastor Emmanuel. The rest of the supporting cast comprises actors that represent USA, Ivory Coast.
“Among them are singer and spoken-word artist U-Meleni, from Zimbabwe; the Mediterranean fusion band Atlas Soul, with members from France and North Africa; and a strong Senegalese delegation with drummer Mamadou Diop, Afro-pop band Lamine Touré & Group Saloum; and dance master Fatou N’diaye-Davis and her company.”