Vitali Maembe: Music and Dance is meant to be Enjoyed

maembeVitali Maembe: Music and Dance is meant to be Enjoyed

Vitali Maembe is an East African artist known for his music that combines inland and coastal rhythms, poetic and provocative lyrics. He was born in Sumbawanga, grew up in Dar es salaam, graduated from Bagamoyo College of Arts, and lives in Tanganyika, Tanzania.

As for his music involvement, his focus is on awakening  society. “Lyrics provoke discussions in which people find solutions on their own,” he says. But occasionally, he uses music and dance as a therapy and for palliative care.

“All and all I like all other arts and believe music and dance is meant to be enjoyed.”

Watch for Vitali in the next Maui AMPFest, July 4th, 2015!

Youtube Link: Maui AMPFest

Other Music from Vitali:

1. Documentary ‘Chanjo ya Rushwa’ (vaccine against corruption)

2. Documentary ‘Little town Bagamoyo’

3. Song ‘Vuma’ search for Vitali Maembe on Google.


Ekolu Kalama: Molokai’s Troubador and Poet Laureate

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By the grace of God, Ekolu Kalama humbly admits that he is merely a product of his environment. Born into Hawaiian waterman royalty, Kalama is proud to be carrying on the championship tradition. In 2009 Kalama won the World Cup of Stand-Up Paddle racing, held in Hamburg, Germany, claiming victories in both the 2000 meter sprint and 10,000 meter distance races. One month later, on his home turf, Kalama claimed his first solo win across the Kaiwi Channel (32 miles), in record time, which is considered to be the “Super Bowl” of stand-up paddle racing.

Never satisfied with maintaining the status quot, Kalama has since evolved from a sponsored “team rider” to now a “team owner” and will soon be in the position of sponsoring riders under his surf and lifestyle brand simply named, “EK”. Kalama is thankful for the generosity of his mentor and friend, Laird Hamilton, big wave and stand-up paddling pioneer, who gave him his first board and paddle, enabling Kalama to live the first half of the dream, providing for his family while doing what he loves.

With the release (set in January of 2012) of his debut album, “Dare To Dream,” Kalama begins to realize the second half of his dream, which began 5 years ago, when he left the security of his county fire fighter position to pursue the life he’s always wanted; becoming the boss, surfing and playing music full time. Kalama hopes to inspire listeners to pursue their passions in life as he sites, “If I can do it, a small-town boy from Moloka’i, anybody can do it.”

“Dare To Dream” features 12 original tracks, all written by Kalama, covering a range of musical genres from Pop to Reggae. Kalama intends to take the show on the road, following the world tour of stand-up paddle surfing and racing in countries such as France, Spain, Brazil, Tahiti, Fiji, Japan, Australia, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico and many more. Kalama’s ultimate goal is to bring Hawaiian culture to the rest of the world and share the “Aloha Spirit” with as many who are willing to receive. The variety of flavors and subject matters conveyed in Kalama’s music is a direct result of being raised in Hawaii, the “melting pot” of the world, and is sure to appeal to listeners from all walks of life.

In closing Ekolu would like to encourage all of us to reach for the stars and to dream big dreams. “If you believe in God and that his Word is true…that HE has a plan to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope, and that through HIM you can do ALL things…, then why don’t you dare to dream?”

“At least we don’t live in the ‘Third World…'”

america-question-markAll the way up until JFKs time, presidents were likely, and felt comfortable with, likening the US to great “Western Civilizations” like the Greeks and the Romans. Civilizations who made great advancements in literature, architecture, fine art, and philosophy.

Nowadays, just about any time you get into a conversation about anything to do with the US, there’s likely someone in the group who’ll say, “At least we don’t live in the ‘Third World.'”

At that point I realize how low American expectations have fallen. The America that is “at least not the Third World” is what’s become acceptable. What have we done, as Americans, with our freedom in the past 50 years? Nothing but continue to expect less and less from ourselves and everyone around us. And, at the same time, we hope that no one will question our complete lack of diligence toward, motivation for, or adherence to, the ideals set forth 239 years ago.

Obama had a grand old time, early on, comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln (The Great Emancipator). And before I say anything further about Obama, you must know that my understanding of him is that he is purely the front man, the face of, and/or the image of our “democracy.” I don’t regard him as our president, our Commander-In-Chief, or even as our leader. I didn’t feel or think of any of these things with regard to George Bush either. They, to me are just convenient targets, figureheads, or even masks for the people behind them who control everything that happens in this country. They give a face to faceless; the cowards who hide behind their coattails.

I, as many of you do, find these people to be the only tangible representation of that thing we wish we still had something to do with; democracy, equality and liberty. They are the face of a faceless corporation hell-bent on controlling, manipulating, dividing and conquering everything that we hold sacred, and everything we hold dear. So it’s to them I say, and I hope many of you join me in saying, “what happened to the idea of America, the ideal of America, and America’s supposed precepts.”

Why are we not trying to advance civilization any longer? Why are we not trying to raise the bar, lift the human experience and transcend the bounds of our human bodies? Why must we continue to grovel in the gutter, avoid the real questions, and twist the beauty of living into a commodity and a cancer. Why are we not following the dreamers, patronizing the talented and furthering the meaning of being a truly civilized, compassionate and creative force in the world?

We had it once; the drive, the spirit, the camaraderie, and the common interest in lifting one another up. When did infighting, obfuscation, and selfishness become the center of all political affairs? When did we lose sight of common goals, of common interests and common understanding. We the people are not so different as we once were. So, why have we let the daily drama of childish, sandbox babble become all we expect of our leaders?

We can only become better, and expect more (and I’m not talking about more in a financial sense, I’m talking about more: ethically, morally and spiritually), by expecting more from ourselves.