Masjidullah's 4th Annual Fundraising Gala

Confirmed Performances !!

Jamaaladeen Tacuma

"Artist, Producer and Bassist" 

     Jamaaladeen has always stretched the mold of what and how a bassist is supposed to play. He has re-defined his instrument's artistic potential. In the 1970's, his creatively free approach to the bass caught the eye of saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Tacuma became a member of Coleman's Prime Time. He toured with and performed on some of Coleman's historic recordings : "Dancing In Your Head", "Body Meta", and "Of Human Feelings". Tacuma continued to press the musical envelope with his debut album in 1983 entitled "Showstopper" and  latest historical recordings “FOR THE LOVE OF ORNETTE” features Ornette Coleman and Bon Vivant with Free Form Funky Freqs is  a trio with Vernon Reid and G.Calvin Weston He has worked with diverse artists: Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Marc Ribot, Derek Bailey, Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington Jr., Peter Murphy, The Roots among others.

 

He has worked with orchestras led by Anthony Davis at Carnegie Hall. And in the past few years he is recognized for his artistic excellence worldwide with  the "PARALLEL CULTURE" AWARD 2009, Marcus Garvey Foundation 50th Anniversary Award 2011,  The Pew Fellowship in the Arts 2011 and the The Uptown Theater Hall of Fame Award.  He has received The MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts and Civitella Ranieri residency fellowships. Jamaaladeen continues to tour, produce and record worldwide.

Sieedah Songbird

"Jazz Vocalist"

Sieedah began singing at the age of sixteen, her earliest influences were Sarah Vaughn, Barbra Streisand, Morganna King, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. 

Throughout the years Sieedah has performed at Danderfield's in New York, the Clef Club in Philadelphia, Milk Boy Cafe, Bryn Mawr, Chaplin's in Spring City, Penns Landing in Philadelphia, the African American Museum in Philadelphia and The International House with Philly Jazz Project. She also has ongoing appearances at Bala Country Club in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Most recently, Sieedah has turned her attention to the world of Jazz. As a Jazz Vocalist, she blends elements of blues, traditional jazz, R&B and Gospel into a performance style that is unique. Working with a piano, bass and drums trio, her shows reflect diversity and great audience appreciation. 

 

Sieedah's recent performances include a solo perfomance at the 2016 Democratic National Convention luncheon in Philadelphia, PA. Her  future plans include recordings and concert appearances. 


 

Lamarr Todd

"Comedian"

Born & raised in the small city of Chester, PA. At age 12, Lamarr Todd began performing at "The People's Light & Theater Company". Lamar has performed in several mainstage plays for theaters along the east coast. Mr. Todd began teaching Improv as an Assistant Teacher at the theater when he was only 17 years old.

 

Lamarr started his comedy career at the Laffhouse Comedy Club in Philadelphia, PA, which led to various performances at comedy clubs nationwide. In addition to winning numerous standup comedy competitions in Philadelphia, Mr. Todd has had the opportunity to open for acts like Tommy Davidson, Michael Colyar, Monique & other nationally known headlining acts! He has also starred in the Movie "Kony Montana" with veteran comic Michael Blackson.

 

Some have said that the energy that Lamarr brings can be enough for any crowd. He is now an Improv Teacher at the Charter School in Chester, PA teaching grades 5th-8th. He directs while letting the students create the 

projects. Alot of his standup routine is based on his experience as a teacher. He is a proud member of the Chester Made Arts & Culture project in his hometown of Chester, PA which revitalizes art & culture through theatrical dialogue.

Plan (B)

"Contemporary Jazz Band"

"Plan (B)" is a contemporary smooth jazz band of four talented musicians born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1997, the group's members are Dale Harris (leader) on bass guitar, Tom Smith on keyboards, Ray Robinson on drums, Mike Cummings on guitar. 
 

"Plan (B)" has appeared regularly at  many of Philadelphia and Southern New Jerseys top jazz venues. (The Wachovia Center, The Liacouras Center, The Mann Music Center, The Borgata, Caesars Hotel, The West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, Warm Daddy's,  and Penns Landing on the Delaware riverfront.)  In November of 2008 "Plan (B)" beat out 40 other jazz bands to win the "WJJZ 97.5 Houseband Competiton". This is the biggest competition of its type in the tri state area.  

"Innovative" is the word that best describes their style and approach to music as they incorporate new dynamics and energetic   




 

expressions into their songs. They also feature some of the best vocalists from the Tri State area to acompany their smooth sounds. "Plan (B)" has the unique ability to encompass R&B, jazz, funk, reggae fusion along with other magical elements which allows their energy to flow, embracing the mind, body and spirit of each listener.  
" Plan (B)" has written/produced/recorded and released their debut cd titled "If U Only Nu" on Philly Groove Music/Records. In addition to their debut cd, "Plan (B)", has had an increasing amount of opportunities available to them been opening many door to new venues of the arts. 


 

Rheel Menn

"R&B Soul"

Formally known as “The Coalitions” and “The Ol’ Heads”, a group that many overlooked and somewhat forgotten but they did not forget. “Rheel Menn” is a collective blend of five distinctive voices that moves the soul while raising the conscious mind to new heights. “We are from diverse backgrounds and the school of hard knocks; we want to sing songs of love and struggle. We also would like to bring back real singing with positive lyrics, songs with substance, songs that redirect and mold the youthful mind and songs that make love to the mind, not just the body. In short, recondition the human race.” This is the battle cry of Tony Anderson, Bruce Fauntleroy, Tony McFarland, Alan Williams, and Leonard Deans, the ensemble that uniquely balances the harmony of five leads voices.

 

Having been a group overlooked in the early 70’s, with a strong 70’s sound, Alan includes, “we don’t want to get on that nostalgia kick either. We want to put our own style and seal on our music and we definitely don’t want people to think we’re one dimensional. We can do it all, new school and old school.”

There is a revolution going on now, where people are trying to understand life. People are tired of being bombarded with negative images on television and in their music. Rheel Menn wants to appeal to those people by putting an end to the negativity and reaching new heights via music and imagery.

“Young women and men living together and respecting each other we want to be a total image”. Just check out our tribute to the Sounds of Philadelphia (TSOP) and you will see our dedication to positive lyrics, oh yeah we definitely have a message in our music.

"Charm" 

Acappella Soul Group

The five members of this singing group hail from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  They have a combined professional singing experience of more than 130 years and have been singing together for many years. They have received many awards for their acappella singing and their live band show. They have appeared at Trump Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Philadelphia Music Awards. They appeared with and for former Heavy Weight Champion Joe Frazier, as well as, for former Heavy Weight Champion Larry Holmes Club.

 

Charm has appeared with the Temptations, O’Jays, Main Ingredient, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and more. Also, Stars of the show “Harlem Day” before a crowd of (20,000) Featured in “Emerge” magazine (1991).  Performed the National Anthem for professional fights and other sporting events.

Group members include:

 

            *    ROBERT HUNTER, bass, baritone, first and second tenor, and lead

            *    REGINALD MORROW, first and second tenor, and lead

            *    JIMMY WELLS, first and second tenor, baritone, and lead

            *    GUY ISLEY, second tenor, baritone, and lead (Musical Director)

            *    SONNY LEWIS, first and second tenor, baritone, and lead

Muslim Youth Association (MYA)

The Muslim Youth Association of Philadelphia started as a service organization for Muslim youth in 1994. The MYA has made it their mission to create better physical, spiritual, intellectual, and educational environments for youth. Their outreach includes a series of programs including educational seminars, historical studies, educational field trips, and environmental studies. They are currently involved in teaching the history of various people, places and events. MYA has hosted their annual educational banquet for the past 20 years and sponsors a city wide fajr(pre-dawn) breakfast for men and their sons and a city wide brunch for women and their daughters on December 25th of every year.  

 

At this years Annual Gala, the MYA will perform "pop-up”- impromptu and interactive narrative performances in which the audience has to guess the correct identity of the character. The Gala committee definitely looks forward to incorporating our young people in such a fabulous event. If you are interested in learning more about the MYA or would like to invite them to your next event you can contact Bro. Bilal at (267) 257-0946 or click on the social media icons below. 

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