By AFRO Staff
Recently, Fanon Kwaw and the Soweto ‘76 released their debut EP, Januwa Moja, which honors the cultural arts activist for whom the album was named. All proceeds from the sale of the album will go directly towards supporting artists aged 70 and up, many who are facing tremendous financial hardships stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
Moja, born in Baltimore and currently residing in Washington, D.C. is a cultural arts activist, who recently celebrated over 50 years of activism. Moja was one of a handful of Black American artists, along with Stevie Wonder, Sun Ra, Audre Lorde, Amiri Baraka, among others, selected to participate in the Festac77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. During the festival, Moja was honored to meet Fela Kuti, the legendary founder of Afro Beat music.
Fanon Kwaw and the Soweto ‘76 was formed by musician, filmmaker, cultural arts organizer and rites of passage trainer, Fanon Hill. Hill performs in the band under his given rites of passage name, Fanon Kwaw.
The EP is being released under the Daya World music label based in Baltimore.
“I am honored to release the debut EP and rich musical sounds of Fanon Kwaw and the Soweto ‘76,” said Navasha Daya, founder and CEO of Daya World. Daya, an internationally renowned singer who is also based in Baltimore, is Hill’s partner in music, community activism and his wife.
“It is important for Daya World to release quality, culturally specific message music that calls forth the wisdom teachings and knowledge from our elders in America and abroad that can guide us through this pandemic and beyond.”