Please join Wasat and our special guests for an evening of sacred song, reflection, and community as we come together to celebrate the blessed Prophet and his profound message of love and illumination. We will be led by renowned nasheed artist Uthman Ames, percussionist Marlon Altan, and poet Baraka Blue.
This event is free and open to all, but donations are welcome to help offset costs. Suggested donation: $5-$25 can be contributed at the door or through our secure site:
About our guests:
Uthman Ames is a Filipino American convert. He grew up in San Diego, CA and in 1998 he converted to Islam. Shortly after his conversion he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then he has learned various Nasheeds and melodies. He regularly sings at Taleef Collective in Fremont, CA for their weekly gatherings, and has traveled around the country and internationally to perform with many renowned Nasheed artists.
By profession Uthman Ames is a Registered Nurse at Kaiser Hospital. He also is a Union Rep and loves labor work to improve working conditions for his fellow nurses.
Since converting to Islam in 2007, Marlon Altan has been playing the daf with various Nasheed artists throughout the Bay Area. With a background in Afro-Haitian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and Flamenco rhythms Marlon was able to transition smoothly to the daf and the rhythms of traditional and contemporary Anashid. Marlon has performed with various local, national and international artists such as Baraka Blue, Nader Khan, Ibrahim An-Nas, Moaz An-Nas, Joshua Salaam from Native Deen, Basim Rashidi, Uthman Ames, Brother Ali and Amir Suleiman.
Baraka Blue is a poet, musician, author, and lyricist. He is highly decorated within the global artist community for his original synthesis of hip hop and spoken word poetry with the tradition of mystical poets such as Rumi and Hafiz. He has released multiple studio albums and books of poetry. He was awarded a Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley for his research on Sufi thought. His current research and teaching focuses are Sufi poetry, Sufi psychology, Islam in the West, and Islamic Art. He has performed and taught all over the world, including at such institutions as Princeton and the School of Oriental and African Studies. He teaches poetry online and in person through Rumi Center for Spirituality & the Arts.