These mural projects are dedicated to music legends Macy Gray and Savion Glover.
Natalie Renée McIntyre was born in 1967 at Canton Ohio, known by her stage name Macy Gray, is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actress. She is known for her distinctive raspy voice and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday.
Gray has released ten studio albums, and received five Grammy Award nominations, and MTV Video Music Awards. She has appeared in several films and television shows, including Training Day, Spider-Man, Scary Movie 3, Lackawanna Blues, Idlewild, For Colored Girls, and The Paperboy. Gray is best known for her international hit single "I Try", taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is.
Savion Glover is a famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor. Born in 1973 in New Newark NJ, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts. Before he was a teenager, Savion made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid.
Savion Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed "free style hard core." The Tony Award winning dancer eventually worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. Among his credits are starring roles in major motion pictures like Jelly's Last Jam, a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
These mural projects are dedicated to Fela Kuti and Margene May.
Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti was born on October 15 in 1938.
He is a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer, political activist, and Pan-Africanist.
He's the pioneer of Afro-beat music. Afro-beat is an African music genre that combines traditional Yoruba music, with jazz and funk.
At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa's most "challenging and charismatic music performers". Top music critics, composers and musical Alumni described him as a "musical and sociopolitical voice" of international significance.
Fela intrigues us with songs like "Water No Get Enemy". He sings in his native tongue, and then translates in english how there are no enemies of water; while inspiring African pride.
"Water No Get Enemy" is a perfect example of Fela's afro-beat sound. It's jazzy, it's tribal in rhythm, and has a groovy bass that rides through his composition.
Fela is symbolic to many in US, and is excepted as a "Tone from home". He was spiritually connected in his life but especially with his music.
There was once a time when Paul McCartney of The Beatles, went to Lagos, Nigeria. Ginger Baker, the drummer of the American band Cream happened to be there as well.
It was 1973, a time when it was fashionable for American bands to record outside of their normal studios.
Paul tried to connect and work with Fela, but it is rumored that Fela accused him of trying to steal his music. McCartney has told his side of the story many times. He says he was not trying to steal Fela's music.
In another hand, Ginger Baker was well received by Fela and his musical family. In fact there is a whole album of recordings featuring Ginger Baker. He performed and learned a lot from Kuti's tribe of musicians.
Fela's messages and music are parallel to the experience of many cultural groups born right here in America.
Although, he passed away on August 2, 1997. His music will inspire and live forever.
Margene May is a self- taught who has always had an interest in art, however, she did not become serious about art until after retirement. She took classes and workshops over the years and tried several mediums including oils, acrylics, water color and pottery. Following retirement, she attended a few classes at Malone where she was introduced to quilting and fiber art. There she discovered her current medium of creating images of fabric.
Marge focuses on portraits displaying a wide range of expression where she attempts to create a moment in time—joy, anger, disappointment or regret. Her subjects are primarily of ordinary African Americans in a variety of poses, hair styles, hues by using a variety of fabric. textures, patterns and color combinations. Her goal is to draw you into the image, create a mood and causes you to reflect.
Marge still maintains her original interest in quilting and creates small wall hangings, potholders, three dimensional figures of fabric. She has held workshops sharing her technique and does commission pieces. She was a resident artist at Lynda Tuttle's Art Gallery from 2009-2019 and has participated in local exhibits including Massillon, Alliance, Dalton, Columbus and Cincinnati. Oh. She has been published in three books, had her work was displayed in a national tours and Stark Tech satellite office downtown has purchased three of her pieces.