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Atiba Kwabena-Wilson was the recipient of a full Scholarship for voice and flute, earning his B.A. in Music from Long Island University. Mr. Kwabena-Wilson studied arrangement and orchestration for jazz ensembles with Calvin Hill (bassist with Max Roach and faculty advisor for L.I.U.). He also studied Jazz Improvisation with the late John Lewis (pianist with the Modern Jazz Quartet and professor at City College).

Atiba visited Jamaica in February of 2004, where he was interviewed by Jean Small, host of "A Festival of Words" on Radio Mona FM 93. He spoke of his life's journey which has led him to poetry and storytelling. The following link is one 16 minute segment of that broadcast which includes two examples of Atiba's extraordinary storytelling talent.

In 2005, Atiba was featured in "Uptown" magazine, summer issue.

Throughout the years, Atiba Kwabena-Wilson has been involved with numerous projects and programs that have reached out to many people. An abbreviated list of his performance profile is provided below:

* Guest Lecturer at Hunter College (subjects: "African Origins of the Blues" and "African Origins of Hip-Hop")

* Served as artistic director through Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, 1999-present, of "Music Meets Poetry" series

* Toured schools under the auspices of the Julliard-Lincoln Center Community Out-Reach Program, both as a solo artist and as a member of "Ngoma", performing traditional songs, stories and dances of Azania (aka South Africa)

* Performed at FESTAM International Music Festival, Inc. in Dakar, Senegal 1998 through 2000

* Filmed with the Grammy Award Winning Rap group ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (MTV Unplugged)

* Featured in "Bum Rush the Page- A Def Poetry Jam", Edited by Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera, Three Rivers Press 2001 and "New Rain" Vol. 9 Edited by Gary Johnston and Malika M'Buzi Moore, Blind Beggar Press 1999

* Appeared as percussionist/ flutist on "The Rose That Grew From Concrete" Vol.1: A CD focusing on poetry by Tupac Shakur, performed by various artists

* Appeared as a performing artist for the American Museum of Natural History

* Featured on CBS, Traditions

* Provided "Edu-tainment Clinics" for Hospital Audiences Inc.

* Conducted storytelling and music workshops for the New York City Housing Authority

* Provides music, poetry and storytelling workshops, staff development seminars, assembly programs, concerts and lecture/ demonstrations throughout the tri-state area under the auspices of the Caribbean Cultural Center, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. Education Dept. and Henry Street Settlement Cultural Outreach/Ed. Dept.