Archive: November 2020

Kennedy Center: Arts Across America – Maine



Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Arts Across America: Sacred Resonance.  Portland Ovations & Indigo Arts Alliance produce an original performance event featuring three Maine artists to be featured in this Kennedy Center national series. Part of the Washington, D.C.-based John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Social Impact Initiatives, Arts Across America is a program to uplift artists and showcase art from communities and regions across the country.  This free, online programming will be available on Facebook Live, YouTube, and the Kennedy Center website.

The Kennedy Center hosts weekly online performances curated by arts organizations in each United State presenting artists and their works, and Maine will air their contribution on November 30th, 2020 @ 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT.


Featured Maine artists include:

  • Firefly, a member of the Penobscot Nation and raised in his people’s ancient village at Indian Island, Maine in Firefly: Sacred Fire. A journey through sound, light and emotion from the ancient to the unknown. Deeply influenced by the traditions of his ancestors, Firefly performs both traditional hand drum, shaker and vocal songs as well as cutting edge musical compositions rooted in his ancestral traditions. A hyper creative, Firefly’s artistry involves powerful vocals, eye popping visuals and cutting-edge costumes created by himself and his team.
  • Maya Williams (pronouns they/she), Definitions of Home, a showcase of poems touching on mental health, suicide, and racism. Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, Maya is a Black and Mixed Race suicide survivor residing in Portland since 2017. She has published poems with glitterMOB, The Portland Press Herald, Black Table Arts, Occulum, Littoral Books, Homology Lit, and more. Her work has garnered a Best of the Net Nominee and a PortFringe’s Audience Choice Award as well as residencies with Hewnoaks, Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA), and Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Foundation. Maya hosts open mics on most Tuesday nights with Port Veritas.
  • Atiim Chenzira’s work titled ‘Destiny Manifest’ is a seven-part multi-media art piece utilizing his poetic spoken-word and Hip Hop lyricism to explore his ancestral experience. His expressive storytelling highlights this familial journey from the East Coast to the West and back. ‘Destiny Manifest’ interweaves Atiim’s personal journey as a husband, father, and “new Mainer,” into his American experience with the larger issues of racism, colonialism, capitalism, and displacement.   

The Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival



Here is a story I had both the pleasure and honor of narrating for the BBCBF titled ‘Going Down Home With Daddy’:

Written by Kelly Starling Lyons

Illustrated by Daniel Minter

Visit the BBCBF at




This is a song I wrote in 2006 right after almost losing my life to a man who appeared to open his door on me on purpose as I rode my bicycle by his truck. I knew that if I were to have passed on without releasing this song, I would not have rested in the afterlife, so here it is:

Lyrics to FTS: ‎

BLACK OUT – 06/02/2020



In Solidarity, Peace, and Respect, Today I Black In & Black Out.

I will breathe through this.

Hello – National Resources – Music




I really hope you and your families are taking the time to review facts, talk, breathe, play, pray, and eat together.

During times of great stress, especially with this pandemic phenomena, our best outlets can be music, art, and other creative expressions, as well as reaching out to loved ones, and/or contacting a mental health professional to talk about our concerns.

Feeling heard and seen is extremely important when we feel isolated, so below I’ve created a list of nation wide resources for you. I am, by the way, in the mental health profession as well as in the music industry, so I just couldn’t help myself. I want to extend some resources to help you too.



1. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
b. 1-800-273-8255
2. Free Telephone Counseling Hotlines in the United States
3. National Alliance on Mental Illness / NAMI
b. Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET, or send an email to



During this COVID-19 crisis, I encourage you to practice self-care, get creative, listen to some phenomenal music, and support musicians who cannot work, like most of you.

Below are two links:

1. Curated by DJ Celeste Lear / Spotify: a.…
2. Curated by Atiim Chenzira – Blackulah / Soundcloud & Spotify: a.



1. Center for Disease Control:
2. World Health Organization:


All the best to you and yours.




Atiim Chenzira
Ridah Ridah Entertainment


Ridah Ridah Entertainment / R2E 2020

Jam Session @ Root Wild Kombucha 10-12-19 @ Noon



Jam Session @ Root Wild Kombucha 10-12-19 @ Noon

This is an open call to Maine Musicians!

Bring your instruments.

On Saturday, October 12th, 2019, two of my favorite people will descend on Portland, Maine from Oakland, California and jump start an Afro-Beat, Funk, Hip Hop, Soul Jam at Root Wild Kombucha.

They’re coming to visit.

For more information, please visit:

Story Telling – SoundBites: Wanted – 2019



Story Telling – SoundBites: Wanted – 2019

I was invited to share a story under the theme of ‘Wanted’, which means anything from ‘wanting’ something to being ‘wanted’ by someone, etc.

I took the challenge.

Thanks and blessings to Donna Galluzzo, Co-Founder of SoundBites. 

Take a peek:

I tell stories all of the time, and the best ones are when there are no cameras or microphones to capture them.

However, sometimes, when it is well rehearsed and just as natural, you get the feeling that there was no rehearsal, and the authenticity shines through.


Recorded at Frontier in Brunswick, Maine June 20th, 2019

Life Ain’t A Game – Reboot Who?Mix (feat. Salim ALi)



Released on February 1st, 2016.

Life Ain’t A Game

Album Link:

GROWTH – Atiim’s Newest Release 6/22/2018




Not only was this album, Atiim’s newest work, Growth released on his birthday 6/22/18 to celebrate 42 years of development, it signifies life transitions through fear to freedom. 

Listen, enjoy, and purchase the album to support the craft of this amazing local Oakland artist:

New E.P. Coming! “Growth”



Three songs in the pipe-line are headed to fruition:
1. the GARDEN (feat. Salim ALi & N.Seif)
2. What Should I Do?
3. the Kava March (feat. FBS & Salim ALi) – Bonus

Due for release in June 2018.