Chattanooga Festival of
Black Arts & Ideas
2019 Artists Coming Soon!
Below are the 2018 Artists
"Without Artists There Would Be NO Arts!"
SEAUX CHILL aka NABIL INCE
CFBAI presents with his on fusion of music that defies labels on Saturday, June 16th on the Centre Lawn Stage at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.
Seaux Chill is an artist who has been involved with the Chattanooga scene for the past few years. Piano is his first love, playing since he was 6 years old. However, Seaux Chill loves to write music that’s a fusion of jazz, hip hop, gospel, and other pillars of black music. Most recently, Seaux Chill just finished up his undergrad in music at Covenant College and functions as the Program Director for a children’s music ed non-profit called East Lake Expression Engine.
CFBAI has partnered with Young, Gifted and Black to present their "Untold History " on Saturday, June 16th at 4:00
Garrell Woods has 10 years of performance and producing experience . He is a graduate of the Center For Creative Arts where he studied under Allan Ledford in Musical Theatre, Neshawn Calloway in voice and music theory, and Lindsey Fussell and Jessica Laliberte in dance. While at the Chattanooga Theatre Center he was a member of Theatre Quest.
Garrell's mission is to facilitate an environment where young people can have access to the arts that helped molded him.
The show at Barking Legs Theater has been postponed.
CFBAI presents Blues Man "Tee" Bumpass on the Centre Lawn Stage at the CTC on Saturday, June 16th at 2:00.
Thomas "Tee" Bumpass is a native of Chattanooga Tn. , lived in Los Angeles for 15 yrs. , worked at Motown Records for 7 yrs. as a producer , songwriter , artist and studio musician working with such artists as : Billy Preston , Streets Wright , Teena Marie , Sammy Davis Jr. and many more .
Tee is back home now in Chattanooga performing various genes of music : Blues , R&B , Jazz & Motown Oldies
CFBAI celebrates Black Music Month by starting at it's roots! Drumming circle starts at 11:30 on June 16th at the CTC Centre Lawn followed by Ogya in concert.
Music has always played an integral part in the life of percussionist and singer, Kofi Mawuko, a native of Ghana, West Africa. His entertainment career began at the age of 10 as a member of the Kyirem Children’s Cultural Performing Troupe, which led to tours throughout Africa, Cuba, Europe and Russia. He began teaching in London where his works in music and dance have been publicized in television and movie productions. His musical compositions were selected for production in the first Pan-African Festival and African Emancipation Day in Accra, Ghana. After relocating to USA, Kofi widened his array of percussion talents by performing with jazz, blues, hip-hop, funk, rock and roll, techno/DJs and bluegrass artists around the Southeast. He has recorded studio tracks for and performed solo with Grammy Award-winning artists, and has opened for international known artists, such as Ladysmith Black Mbazo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Ruben Studdard and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Kofi and his wife, Rebekah, are the founders of Mawre & Co., an educational, cultural enrichment and entertainment company, and Ogya World Music Band. Their work in establishing sustainable performance arts programs in the community has garnered recurring contracts and grant awards from local and national agencies.
CFBAI will screen two of her short films at the CTC on Friday, June 15th at 6:00 PM. Panel discussion to follow.
Mrs. Wofford is a native of Chattanooga, TN. She’s a professional actress, writer, director, filmmaker, casting director and owner of Live to Inspire Productions. Shelia has been performing for over 20 years.
Shelia Training include: Film/TV/Commercial Acting Class with Dwayne Boyd/Premier Actors’ Network in Atlanta, GA, Acting for the Camera Cold Read/Hope Alexander/ Chattanooga Theatre Centre, and Improv/theater Acting Class with Karl Gardner/Destiny Ensemble Theater.
Shelia has received several Awards including: 2018 Inspired Faith Film Festival Best Short Film Award “Michael Valentine,” 2016 Best Actress Kingdomwood Film Festival “Michael Valentine,” 2015-2016 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play “Diving the Estate” CTC, 2014 Broadway World Nashville Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play “To Kill A Mockingbird” 2014 Outstanding Supporting Actress on the Main Stage “To Kill A Mockingbird” CTC, 2011 Best Supporting Actress in “Blues for Mr. Charlie” at the CTC and 2010 Best Featured Actress on the Main Stage “The Crucible” at the CTC.
CFBAI will present a staged reading of a portion of Mr. Pattersons play "Don't Suffer in Silence" on Thursday, June 14th at 6:00 pm at the CTC. Panel Discussion to follow
Charles E Patterson Jr...Writer, Producer and Director Of Christal Entertainment Productions (CEP)
Charles is a native of Chattanooga and a 30 year veteran of the Chattanooga Fire Department where he held the rank of Captain. Charles' productions are about life complexities which have often raised some eyebrows. His passion for today's social issues always find their way into his theatrical productions, actors and audience. He is committed and motivated to create a vehicle for education, spiritual inspiration, cultural enrichment, creative stimulation and just good ole family laughter.
Charles is married with three children and attends Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church. He would like to express his sincere gratitude to the Chattanooga community for their continued support. He truly believes what GOD has for you, is for you...claim it!!!!
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CFBAI in partnership with AVA: Association of Visual Artist celebrates Mr. Newton in Residence at the AVA Gallery located at 30 Frazier Ave. Monday, June 18th at 6:00 with a panel discussion.
Charlie has been painting professionally for 50 years having received his BA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1975 and MFA from Old Dominion and Norfolk State Universities in 1987.
He has exhibited in London, Italy, New York, and throughout the Southeastern United States. My works hang in public and private collections all over the world including the Paul R. Jones Collection of
African American Art, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, the Norfolk Zoo, Norfolk Virginia, The Beatties Ford Road Library, Charlotte, NC and Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN.
Mrs. Newton is a professional artist. Originally from London, England she has been a resident of Chattanooga, TN for many years. She is the proud recipient of an Equity in the Arts Award from Arts Build Chattanooga.
Working mainly in oils her work includes the figure and predominantly features the landscape as metaphor for resurrection, restoration and healing.
She has garnished representation from five galleries in the Southeast: River Gallery, Chattanooga – Bennett Galleries, Knoxville – Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill – Vinson Gallery, Atlanta – Hanson Gallery, Knoxville. Her art career also includes several community projects working with youth and she has been a contributing artist in several mural projects around the southeast.
LaFrederick M. Thirkill Ed. S.
CFBAI will present a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by notable singer, composer, and a credited playwright LaFredrick Thirkill. His interpretation will take place on June 19th at 12:00 noon on the steps of Chattanooga's City Hall.
Chattanooga native, LaFrederick Thirkill is a graduate of Chattanooga High School. He earned a B.S. in Music Education from UTC and his M.A. and Ed. S. in Instructional Leadership and Supervision from Tennessee Technological University.
Mr. Thirkill has been acting in the local theaters for 27 years, including the Chattanooga Theatre Centre where he has received multiple awards. He has been featured in many newspaper articles, news stories, magazines, books, documentaries, and research journals, both locally and nationally for his contributions to Education and Community Service. In 2012, he appeared on the NBC Show “Who Do You Think You Are” in an episode with music legend Lionel Richie. He was recently featured on “America Divided” with actor Jussie Smollett. Mr. Thirkill has been recognized as a Distinguished Citizen by Hamilton County and the City of Chattanooga.
Mr. Thirkill serves as the Principal of Orchard Knob Elementary and has been employed by Hamilton County Schools for twenty years and became the first teacher to earn National Board Certification. In 2013, He has been named the Principal of the year by the Hamilton County Education Association; The Tennessee Education Association . He was recently named as the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award by the local chapter of the NAACP and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award by the Urban League of Chattanooga for his effects to address racial reconciliation.
CFBAI is excited to welcome to the stage the extraordinary talents of Ms. Tramaine Jones. She will be joined by Chattanooga's own Spencer Brewer as they present classical works on Violin, Cello and Piano.
Tramaine Jones has had a passion for music all her life. She began learning the violin at the age of nine and has not put down her instrument since. After graduating from the Tri-cities High School Performing Arts Program she attended Northwestern University where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance. Her principal teachers were Yuan-Qing Yu, assistant concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Gerardo Ribeiro, world-renowned concert violinist. Mrs. Jones also earned her Masters Degree in Music Education from Northwestern University.Mrs. Jones has recently served as Concertmistress on concerts with the Charleston Spiritual Ensemble, the African American Philharmonic Orchestra, and Atlanta's Orchestra Noir. She also performs regularly as section violinist with the Symphony Orchestra of Augusta, Tuscaloosa Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, Macon Symphony, and North Georgia Chamber Symphony. On another note, Mrs. Jones has performed live with John Legend, Maxwell, Neil Sedaka, Yolanda Adams, Laura Story, Babbie Mason, and The Temptations.
Mr. Brewer, a native of Chattanooga and a member of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, is a professional freelance cellist in the Atlanta and Chattanooga areas. He has served as principal cellist of the Lagrange and Montgomery Symphony Orchestras and has played and performed with numerous music groups and ensembles throughout the Southeast and Southwest. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from Florida State University(Tallahassee, Florida) and a Master of Music degree, also in performance, from the University of Houston(Houston, Texas). While a graduate student in Houston, he became one of the founding members in the William Grant Still String Quartet. He currently teaches music in the public school system in Atlanta, Georgia where he also has a private music studio.
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CFBAI is excited and honored to bring to its "Black Dads Matter" Gospel concert 3D.
3Dreamers, aka 3D, is an acappella inspirational group, consisting of 3 siblings (20yrs, 18yrs, & 16yrs old), who loves to Glorify GOD through A.R.T.S. A-cappella; R-ythm; T-alent; S-ong, and delight in inspiring others and sharing their GOD-Given Passion with the world.
Courtney D Slocum, Sr.
Mr. Slocum, Sr. was born in Rome, GA on July 24, 1983 to Sophia Buffington and Travis Slocum, but was raised by his Grandparents Bishop Henderson and Lucille Spivey. At age 15 Courtney discovered the drums and fell in love. It was not long after when he began playing for his grandfathers church Glad Tidings. Soon, he fell in love with the piano. With very little to no formal training he taught himself by pressing notes and putting sounds together creating his own unique style. During his grandmother's passing she passed on to him the a gift that has taken him from California to Connecticut. Rising the wings of God he mixed his love for people and music and set out to become known for helping others.
Enoushall M. Kilgore
Enoushall M. Kilgore is a native of Chattanooga. Kilgore gained inspiration from many local musical geniuses that shaped his love for hymns, the anthems, spirituals, traditional gospel , modern, classical, and contemporary music.
Kilgore has attended many leadership,educational, and musical training to help build his career and has incorporated his training and experience in educational conferences, music training sessions, leadership enhancement training, and music ministry repair and growth strategies into his love of music.
Kilgore is the founder and conductor of the Enoushall M. Kilgore Music Workshop Chorale and currently serves as The Minister and Director of Music Ministry at the Historic Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Kilgore serves as Music Minister at Thompkin Chapel Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, Warren Chapel A.M.E. Church and is the Musician and Conductor of the Victorious Chattanooga District A.M.E. Zion Mass Choir.
“ I love sharing my passion by bridging denominational, cultural, and age gaps, introducing cutting edge strategies for musical growth and development. I love promoting positive change and making a powerful impact through my music!”,
Trent Williams was born and raised in Florida into a family of skilled singers and musicians. His family collectively found a place of refuge and solace in music. As a small child, he directed choirs and amazed church goers as a 10 year old organist. From grade school to college, Trent excelled as an instrumentalist and vocalist. He received a scholarship to study vocal performance/music education at Truett-McConnell University and played in almost every musical ensemble the university offered whether Christian, Jazz, or classical.
Trent spends his his time writing, producing, performing, and teaching music. He has released "Momentum: The Vertical Prelude" which is a precursor to the long awaited "Vertical: The Worship Project." Trent is very passionate about the expansion of his company, Meraki Arts Group, a incubator for faith-based creatives & artists.
Trent is determined to use his gifts to influence a generation one song at a time.
He brings an electrifying and authentic style that creates an unforgettable experience for listeners.
He is featured on various stages across the country. From churches, to classrooms, in the studio, and on stage, Trent seeks to create life altering moments that help others to find their inspiration and purpose.