Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Mwalim *7) - DaPhunkeeProfessor

A multi-disciplinary, and multi-award-winning performing artist, writer, and educator. As a pianist/keyboardist, composer, and vocalist, he is a three-time winner of the New England Urban Music Award's "Best Male Jazz Artist" category. He is the keyboardist and resident songwriter for The GroovaLottos, who received six Grammy nominations for their debut album "Ask Yo' Mama". As a writer and spoken-word artist, he is the writer of over 30 plays and performance pieces that have been presented throughout the USA and Canada, as well as the UK and Caribbean; contributed to numerous poetry, short fiction, and essay anthologies and periodicals; a short story collection, A MIXED MEDICINE BAG (Talking Drum, 2007), and a novel, LAND of the BLACK SQUIRRELS (Thirty-three Pages, 2020). He is a tenured professor of Englush and Black Studies at UMass Dartmouth.

Mwalim offers performances of music (jazz, soul, and funk); storytelling and spoken-word poetry; and readings of his texts for all venues, organizations, and coporate events. Can be booked seperately or in combination with other, affiliated artists.

Mwalim offers workshops in creative writing (poetry, prose, and drama); spoken-word/storytelling; and songwriting as single, short term (1-4 week) and long-term (5 - 8 week) workshops and residencies. 

Additional Links: 
Mwalim as keyboardist and singer with The GroovaLottos
This song is a gift to the people of my tribe and nation, the Mashpee Wampanoag people. I went to the west were I re-found one of my voices, the viola. This gift is in honor of the elders and ancestors and is a FREE DOWNLOAD. Look out for the album "Songs

I Have Worked With

  • January 2013

    Collaborated on developing and writing music for the multi-media performance of "The Road Forward" in Vancouver, as produced by Red Diva Productions.

  • State: MA
    Date: 9/2005
    Activity: Residency - other
    Email: 9bikim@gmail.com
    Phone: 508-839-1918

  • State: MA
    Date: 5/2006
    Activity: Creation of a work of art (including commissions)
    Email: revmray@juno.com
    Phone:

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Mwalim
Job Title/Position: 
Musician | Spoken-word | Writer | Educator
Mailing Address: 
260 Main St
Suite B
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Physical Address: 
22 Bates Rd Suite 132
Mashpee, MA 02649
Last Name: 
*7)
Phone: 
508-566-5269

I am a Native American Artist

Native Heritage Designation: 
Native American
Tribal Status: 
Federally Recognized
Tribe Name: 
Mashpee Wampanoag

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Digital
Media - Film
Media - Video
Multi-Disciplinary
Music - Composition
Music - Jazz
Music - New
Music - R&B / Soul
Music - Rap / Hip-Hop
Music - Solo / Recital
Theater - General
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville
Year Founded: 
1984
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Market
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Manufacturing / Fabrication
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
36
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Modern Language Association
Awards: 
Filmmaker-In-Residence - WGBH - 2005 - '06Cyber Arts Gallery Fellowship - 2003Outstanding New Playwright - New York Theatre Forum, 2003Ira Aldridge Fellowship - 1998, 1999, 2000Martin Luther King, Jr. Arts Fellowship - 1994 - '95
Educator of the Year- NAACP - 2011
Osomwquen Award - Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe - 2007
Citation of Recognition - Boston City Council - 2012
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Amplifer & SpeakersPianoTheatre lightingPA system with CD/CassetteProjector for multimedia projectionRider upon request
Electricty
Fee Range Minimum: 
$800
Fee Range Maximum: 
$50,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
5

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Certifications / Training: 
Tenured professor of English @ UMass Dartmouth
Mass Dept Ed certified Performing Arts Teacher
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$70,000