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Global Soul’s Ian Friday




Poet, performer, vocalist, musician, producer, and designer are some of the designations that Tai Allen holds. He has toured domestically and internationally. He has been published in magazines such as Bomb, The Killens Review and African Voices. Allen’s work has been heralded on sites such as Okayplayer, CentricTV, Soultracks, and Soultrain. He has headlined the Apollo Theater’s Music Café, BAMcafe, The American Jazz Museum, Nuyorican Poets Café and featured on the Today Show. He has also coordinated and curated a number of concerts, exhibits, conferences, and festivals — including the National Black Writers Conference, MGB POPS and Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Festival.
A unique and refreshing artist, Tai has established a reputation as a visionary with impeccable work ethic.

Played 26 cities since rocking BAMcafe in Nov ‘13. I was hoping to find the right shows or venues to partner with. I found it in STooPS.
STooPS 2015 is the perfect homecoming. Performing with these artists in my beloved Central Brooklyn will be fun and amazing.
We have some classics from Horace Silver (“Senor Blues”) & Gil-Scott (“Home Is Where…”). Plus, tunes ( like “Go Groove”) we are excited to play in front of neighbors, friends and fans.
Check out C”Go Groove (Cadillac & Beemer)” f/Suede Jenkins and “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” Gil Scott-Heron Redux.
These new tunes are from the upcoming release (The High x The Mighty) that is the companion to the book of poems The High x The Low.
And we are bringing along a friend: Kayo Charles. He is a powerhouse poet, slam champion, one-man show and a star of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam series. And, yes, he can rock a band!



Armed with a passion for the arts, Ian Friday – Founder of Global Soul Music, is on a creative mission; to bring soulful music from around the world to the masses. The writer, producer and DJ coined the term “Global Soul” as a genre of music that connects house, soul, afro beat, jazz and world music and extends past traditional labels.
This New Yorker has been making an impact within the arts since the early 1990’s. It began with a not for profit arts organization called The Tea Party Inc., which provided a platform for emerging and established artists including Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and Mos Def. Now in its six year, Friday’s successful NYC residency, Libation is an offspring of The Tea Party Inc. and has become the home base for “Global Soul”.
Both creating and playing the music has given Friday a 360 degree understanding of not only what moves a crowd from Paris to Johannesburg to Tokyo, but also what moves other DJ’s in what they’d like to play. As a producer, Friday creates both remixes and original music and is best known for his break out hits “Life Starts Today”, “Theorema Del Faya” and “Found Myself” all on Tea Party Music as well “Carib’s Leap” on West End Records. His hit single “Kissing You”, continues to garner major attention including being regularly played on New York City mainstream radio station WBLS.
Friday is currently working on an album called “Life Starts Today” which will be released in the spring of 2015. The album is a soulful exploration of all of Friday’s musical inspirations. Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder have all played a part in the energy and essence of this fully connected musical experience.
Global Soul Music has and will continue to cultivate talent from around the world.



Every year our fans get to VOTE for their favorite STooP Artists and one of those artists will OPEN our CULMINATING PERFORMANCE! VOTE NOW for YOUR VIEWER’S CHOICE ARTIST! A winner will be selected on JUNE 22nd!

STooPS 2014 Viewer’s Choice contest winner was Noni Rene! She opened our culminating performance which featured Apollo legend jessica Care moore and Afro-punk sensation Tamar-kali.



Named after one of the late Noel Pointer’s biggest jazz hits, the Phantazia String Players consist of Noel Pointer Foundation’s most advanced violin, viola, bass and cello students. To be accepted into the Phantazia String Players, students are recommended by their music instructors and go through a rigorous audition process. Many of the players began their studies at NPF and continue to excel both academically and personally because of their participation in the ensemble.

Phantazia String Players will perform an exciting mix of motown, gospel, pop, jazz and classical music appropriate for all ages.

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The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center aims to use the arts, primarily dance, as a means to empower youth within New York’s inner city communities. We endeavor to mold elite dancers and artists who will be able to develop, grow and compete on the world’s stage. The center will be a springboard for creating community identity and encouraging creative activity in neglected inner city areas.
The Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center’s mission is to use dance as a platform to encourage, inspire, and facilitate the aspirations of young people by engendering within them discipline, pride, determination, humility, respect and an appreciation for the arts. We endeavor to plant seeds of possibility where previously growth and development has been perceived an impossibility.

An original piece choreographed by Dwana Smallwood will be performed by young dancers selected from the community as a result of an intense soul-searching, and esteem-building workshop experience; giving voice and movement to their joy and struggles.

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