Sistah Iminah is a Singer/Songwriter, Dancer & Educator hailing from Oakland, CA with roots in 🇳🇬Nigeria,🇯🇲Jamaica, Texas, and beyond. With her unique brand of ” born-Again African Soul”, Sistah Iminah’s goal is to inspire the original greatness of Africa to rise again.
She’s performed with many of Africa’s top artists including:
- Tiwa Savage,
- Mr Eazi,
- 2Face Idibia,
- M1 of Dead Prez
- Christopher Martin
- Young Paris,
- Dede Mabiaku,
- Sandra Izsadore,
- Eddy Kenzo and more.
Her Rastafarian parents raised her with a strong pan African consciousness, though they technically would be classified as Black Americans.
Sistah Iminah’s musical message reflects the duality of being raised immersed in African culture, while surrounded by the stark reality of ghetto culture in Oakland and Atlanta. This mix eventually led down a road of self destruction and crisis. After experiencing, surviving and overcoming a life that brought a barrage of hellish and near-death experiences, Iminah embarked on an intensive, comprehensive & effective journey she’s dubbed ‘From Ghetto to Goddess’.
She’s taken that journey of reconnecting to Africa to the next level by:
- Formally getting her DNA traced to the Yoruba and Fulani people of Nigeria
- Making a pilgrimage home to Africa and becoming initiated as an Iyanifa (Traditional Yoruba Ifa Priestess)
- Gaining fluency in the Yoruba language
- Connecting to the living legacy of Fela Kuti and Afrobeat music
- Writing Afrobeats songs featuring the Yoruba language, Jamaican patios & Ebonics
- Being a classically trained & renowned traditional African dancer & cultural ambassador
- Working with various top Afrobeat, Afrobeats ,Afropop, Reggae & Hip Hop artists
- Formally representing the African Diaspora as part of the African Union’s Diaspora Task Team
- Crafting new policies now being implemented by the Oakland Unified School District that intentionally benefit African American students
- Co-leading the Oakland Unified School District’s African American Female Excellence Initiative, which is the first of it’s kind in the nation.
- Continuously representing African culture at concerts, festivals, events and institutions worldwide.
In true Afrobeat fashion, as an educative entertainer, Sistah Iminah is now becoming a rising force of positive change for Africans at home and abroad. From Ghetto to Goddess. From Oakland to the world. AŚE