Conversation Among Blues Women
Conversation Among Blues Women

The concept of blues women, as seen in this installation, is based
on the idea that a blues woman is not simply a singer who sings the
blues, she is an African American woman who by intelligence, wit,
intuition and acts of improvisation transforms herself, her environment
and those around her into states of their highest potential. As blues
women, we have over time continued to show our resiliency and
strength through weathering, surviving, and transcending the toughest
of times as well as raising children who have been able to do the same.
More importantly, we have mothered spiritual, political and cultural warriors
who continue to excel even against the tide of energies which seek to limit
our progress. A blues woman draws on her own past and on that of her
ancestors in processing, understanding and improvising to act as co-creator
of her life’s experiences.

This project was completed as an interactive collaborative activity with ten women from the Washington, DC metropolitan area. They participated in several conversations about issues that are of concern to the women in our community. The conversations were recorded and included in the audio track for the installation. The blues women of this installation include Laini Mataka, Velma Jackson, Ptah Chastine, Gwendolyn Aranya, Toni Asante Lightfoot,
Tammy Adama Craig, Carolyn Davis, Malaya Rucker and Carol Beane.

The music soundtrack was composed and arranged by Brother Ah (trumpet, flute and percussion), and recorded at Central Electronics and Music Warehouse. He was accompanied by Milton Russ (drums), Mike Jenkins (bass), and David Cole (guitar).

Funding support was provided by Yemi Khensu; Wendell Sutton; and Bennie and Kara Johnson
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