Looking for exciting virtual events. Well, look no further than WEE Nation's Calendar to stay informed. Coming up this week Jun 16 - Jun 23, 2021 ...
ALL ONE TRIBE Juneteenth Album Release!!
Saturday, Jun 19, 2021 11am PT/ 2pm ET/ 1pm CT
Celebrating the rich culture and diversity that Black voices
bring to family music.
The special Livestream All One Tribe event on YouTube will feature live performances, music video features and interviews with artists from the album. For more information on the artists, and to stream the project and watch the debut music video, visit www.1TribeCollective.com.
Tuff Gong International and Aya World Productions are releasing the first Black collaborative family music album titled All One Tribe on Juneteenth, June 19th, 2021. The 25-track project from the newly organized 1 Tribe Collective celebrates the rich culture and diversity that Black voices bring to family music by presenting the sounds of 24 family music artists from across the country.
All One Tribe spans musical genres and is suitable for families and children of all ages. The tracklist addresses topics of STEM, vaccinations, family, Black history, and the beauty of differences. Their collective single, “One Tribe” brings the artists together for an energetic expression of universal belonging and unity. “If we can dance together, we can live together,” the artists affirm.. “We are one love, one light, one heart, one mind, one tribe for life.”
"I’m so excited to drop this music for the world! All of the artists bring pure vibes and share songs that uplift black and brown voices in creative, and meaningful ways”, says co-producer Smith.
In 2020, the overt exclusion of Black “Best Children’s Album” Grammy nominees sparked a larger conversation about lack of representation in the family music space. That, combined with nationwide protests following the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, inspired Kemp and fellow musicians Amelia Robinson and Aaron Nigel Smith to join forces and bring this project to life.
Shawana “Shine” Kemp, co-producer of All One Tribe, is hopeful for what this historic project means for the family music industry at large. “The family music arena is a predominantly white space, even though Black artists have been here for over a decade,” she says. “This project is a step in the direction of equity for Black family music artists.”
The project sets out to expand public awareness of the excitement and excellence of these diverse children’s songwriters, and to remind the world that Black families do not represent a monolith. The 1 Tribe Collective hopes to reprogram society’s perception of Black youth while giving young people and families permission to live out loud and celebrate their uniqueness.
“We need Black leadership at the table,” says Amelia Robinson, co-producer of All One Tribe. “You can’t do a project about Black lives without Black voices.”
One Tribe Collective’s debut album releases on June 19, 2021, and will be available on all streaming platforms. Pre-orders will be available on May 25 in honor of George Floyd. A portion of album proceeds will go towards a nonprofit which supports Black lives. ~ 1 Tribe Collective
Meet the 1 Tribe Collective
@tuffgonginternational @ayaworldproductions @aaronnigelsmith @shine.moonbeams @milstrills @themagicjones @thewisechannel @UncleDevinShow and @WEENationRadio @groovynatekids @fyutch @hellounclejumbo @ms.janis_music @joyfilledmusic @missjessicasworld @imculturequeen @jabaliafrika @kymberlystewartmusic @butchyg3 @msnikismusicclass @nannynikkimusic @piercefreelon @rissipalmermusic @robbi.kumalo @thestemusic @saulpaul @shine.moonbeams @mysnooknuk @alphabetrockers @fathergooseent @djwillywow
All One Tribe Collective on FB / Insta / TikTok: @1TribeCollective | Twitter: @1TribeCollecti2
Producers: Aya World Productions: @ayaworldproductions
Aaron Nigel Smith @aaronnigelsmith | Shawana “Shine” Kemp @shine.moonbeams| Amelia Robinson @milstrills
The Know Better Do Better Project seeks to encourage conversation and awareness of songs that have played a role in sustaining systemic racism, and the writing of new alternative songs. We believe that by facing our music history, creating new songs, and making informed decisions about the songs we choose to sing, we amplify the positive power of music to shape a more just and inclusive world.
Uncle Devin was honored to co-host the launch of The Know Better Do Better Project.
Visit Live Stream on Club Passim's YouTube channel to watch the full event.
To learn more about how you can contribute a song visit Know Better Do Better Project.
Kukusa Fest 2021: A Salute to Women
Free Virtual Music Festival Celebrating Black Women
Sat, Apr 10, 3-5 pm ET/ 12-2 pm PT/ 2-4 pm CT
Streamed Live via WEE Nation’s YouTube page
Artwork by Arielle Wilkins/Brothas N Sistas
Kukuza Fest was the first-ever free, all-Black Family Music festival and series in the country.
“Kukuza” means “amplify” in Swahili.
Kukuza Fest aims to provide children and families access to performers and music that welcome, reflect and celebrate them – amplifying Black voices and celebrating Black artists of Family Music. Powered by WEE Nation Radio in association with Family Music Forward.
Kukuza Fest returned on Sat, April 10, 2021, from 3 to 5 PM EST, featuring Black
Women in Family Music. The lineup included R&B sensation The Magic Jones, rockstar/
producer bassist Divinity Roxx, LA-based songstress Snooknuk, Miami-based multi-disciplinary artist Inez Barlatier, pianist Kymberly Stewart of LA, and many others. The Emcee was Arts Education Consultant and social media personality, Joy Marilie of New York.
Together, Family Music Forward and WEE Nation Radio – along with presenters,
venues, leaders and partners in the Family Music industry across the country – are
building a movement that ensures safe, diverse and inclusive spaces for all children.
If you missed it, watch Kukuza Fest 2021, it was a blast!!!
Kukuza Fest 2020
Our first Kukuza Fest was in September 2020, check out the videos of the 2-day festival here.
WEE Nation Radio
Celebrating and Amplifying the Black Family Music artists
Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington DC
If you miss a show, no worries, you'll find our archives posted just for you. Come back and listen at any time. Head on over to WEENationRadio.com/WPFW, select December 30, 2020, Best Songs of 2020, or any of our other wonderful shows.
The show featured many of the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) that were shut out of the Grammy's. WEE Nation Radio honored current and past nominees as well as other noteworthy artists you and your family will love!!
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Celebrate Native American Heritage Year Around!!
WPFW is excited to announce the addition of a new Indigenous program, Let's Talk Native airing Fridays at 2 pm - with John Kane, producer and host. Listen live at Wpfwfm.org
Let’s Talk Native... is produced in the LTN Studios on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation. John Kane is Mohawk and has spent his life fighting for Native people and educating Native and non-Native people on the true history and challenges Native people have faced. Let’s Talk Native... features guests and commentary on history and the issues Native people are confronted with today and into the future. This is not the radio show you expect. It’s the one that challenges all the stereotypes and tropes you are familiar with. We are honest and perhaps a bit harsh. We are real! More at www.letstalknative.com.
National Native American Heritage Year-Round Resources
In tonight's WEE Nation Radio Show on WPFW 89.3FM we will feature songs honoring the rich history of Native American's in this country and around the world.
If you have not visited the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, it is a must. They are open, but with limited timed-entry as well as safety protocols. To learn more and reserve your timed-entry passes click here.
The National Congress of American Indians is another great resource for policy issues, initiatives, events and youth programs, especially the First Kids 1st - Every Child is Sacred Collaborative, visit ncai.org
Uncle Devin & WEE Nation Radio's Ongoing Virtual Events
Amplifying Black Voices in Family Music
Streamed Live on Saturday, September 19 & 20, 2020 at 3 pm - 5 pm EST
Kukuza is Swahili for amplify, and this festival is here to amplify Black voices with a spectacular lineup of Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated artists with live performances across a range of genres for the entire family, including Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr, Alphabet Rockers, Pierce Freelon, and more.
Kukuza Fest is powered by WEE Nation Radio in association with the Family Music Forward Collective.
If you missed it, visit WEE Nation Radio's Kukuza Fest event page for videos of Day 1 and Day 2 as well as more details on how to contribute via donation, future event sponsorship or contact us. You will also find more information on Family Music Forward.
Be sure to like, subscribe and share our WEE Nation Radio YouTube page so you don't miss any of WEE Nation Radio's newly released videos.
The Uncle Devin Show® is a live, interactive musical experience for children by renowned drummer Devin Walker. The show cultivates the minds of children through percussion instruments and is a dynamic cross between DC’s Trouble Funk and Schoolhouse Rock. Great for preschool and school-age kids!
CRYSTALLINE a Submerge by ARTECHOUSE DC Experience
October 15 - January 3, 2020
Inspired by blue’s dependable qualities, Crystalline in D.C. explores the color’s connection with earth and crystals through a journey that is both an adventure and a contemplation—an exploration through an illusory, blue-hued castle. Representative of our desire for a stable foundation that often feels out of reach during these turbulent times, this surreal yet familiar place offers guests a refuge from the everyday. Discover creative curiosities in each room as you learn more about your surroundings and yourself. Submerge yourself in the sights, sounds and sensations of Classic Blue.
Image Source: Archtechouse DC
For more information including ticketing and COVID-19 procedures visit DC Artechouse
Ongoing Virtual Programming for the Entire Family
Adventure Theater & ATMTC Academy has a variety of programs to uplift BIPOC artists, playwrights, actors and authors via Facebook Live on Sundays at 2 pm EST. Facebook Live Virtual Events
Visit Adventure Theatre to learn more.
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS
Now in its 15th year, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is the only community arts organization in New Jersey exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz: America’s home-grown art form. In the schools, at the Jazz House and in our community, we give students an artistic edge – music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship at work!
Lunch Time Live Series with CHRISTIAN McBRIDE + MELISSA WALKER Tuesdays weekly at 12 pm.
Each week we feature one of our talented teaching artists or friends in performance live on the Montclair Jazz Festival Facebook page.
Register in advance for Lunch Time Live here.
For information on future events visit, jazzhousekids.org.
Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American of History & Culture
The Museum re-opened to the public on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Be sure to visit their website to review their safety guidelines. Visit https://lewismuseum.org/events/list/ for more information.
January 31, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join consultant and leadership coach Imani Chapman as she dives into the challenges and opportunities of raising an anti-racist child, from refining our own analysis of race to understanding the intersections between race and child-development. Click Here to Register. This is the third of three programs presented in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Chizuk Amuno Congregation within the series, Jews of Color, Jewish Institutions, and Jewish Community in the Age of #Black Lives Matter. Click here to learn more about the…
To register for this free event and information on COVID-19 procedures, click here.
New! Strathmore Virtual Offerings
We hope to see you Saturday mornings for Family Jam Sessions (great for kids!) and Wednesday evenings for Live from the Living Room concerts featuring our Artists in Residence and more.
Please keep a close eye on Strathmore’s Facebook page as the central home for live and recorded video content to brighten your days of social distancing.
The National Children's Museum's Head in the Clouds Free Virtual Field Trips
Interactive learning awaits! National Children’s Museum has developed virtual field trip experiences for young learners. Come explore the Museum, meet our educators, and dive-in to STEAM topics and activities. All content is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. A great resource for parents, teachers and caregivers of 1st - 4th graders, but would excite people of all ages. Visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org for more information.
The Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) and children's author Antoine Lunsford are collaborating on the launch of a new virtual event series called "Antoine and Friends: Local Children's Author Series." Every Friday at 11 am this summer, local children and families will have the opportunity to hear authors who live and work in the community read their books. For more information visit PGCMLS.
Our friends with Sparks for Success is a non-profit organization based in Austin, TX that helps to change the lives of incarcerated children through music. They work with students experiencing traumas resulting from parental incarceration. They have developed Virtual Music Therapy videos to share coping mechanisms with children and their families. Go to SparksForSuccess.org for more information.
Grab your shakers, bells or anything that makes a fun noise and join the DC Public Library on Facebook Live for Virtual Story Time. For more information, go to DCLibrary.org.