Imani

Imani

 Tampa, Florida, USA
BandWorldReggae

Imani Woomera is a singer songwriter with global flavor. Born in Hawaii and raised between the islands and Kenya, her style fuses Reggae, R&B, Spoken Word, and Bossa Nova influences into a tapestry that is uniquely hers. A poetic lyricist and sultry vocalist, Imani plays the guitar and ukulele, bringing to the stage a compelling balance of sass and vulnerability with an undeniable island edge. Backed up by a group incredibly talented musicians, Imani Live, is a band you simply must experience.

Biography

Imani Woomera is a singer songwriter with global flavor. Born in Hawaii and raised between the islands and Nairobi, Kenya, her style fuses Reggae, R&B, Spoken Word, and Bossa Nova influences into a tapestry that is uniquely hers. A poetic lyricist and sultry vocalist, Imani plays the guitar and ukulele, bringing to the stage a compelling balance of sass and vulnerability with an undeniable island edge. Backed up by three incredibly talented musicians, Imani Live, is a band that produces some really good musical energy.

“Growing up in an international environment, I found myself in so many different sounds. My style is rooted in Hawaiian Reggae and fused with my love for acoustic soul and Brazilian music,â€? said Imani citing popular musical influences from Bob Marley, Sade, and Erykah Badu to Jewel, Sam Cooke, and Babel Gilberto. Imani sings in English, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Hawaiian. A former world music radio presenter, she is perhaps most lauded for her lyricism. As an internationally acclaimed spoken word poet, Imani co-founded a platform called Slam Africa—promoting spoken word poetry for youth in Kenya. She went on to write academic curriculum to teach poetry in schools while conducting workshops and performing in Thailand, Spain, Brazil, England, Holland, Canada, The United States, and South Africa. Imani is the author and recording artist of two poetry books and three Spoken Word/World Music albums, Morning Rain (2006), Pearls (2009), and Talking Story (2012). She has performed theaters, festivals, and events for students, presidents, United Nations delegates, and ambassadors, and has compelled standing ovations from diverse crowds across the globe. She has shared stages with the likes of Tony Award winning Def Poet Tamika Harper, Roger Bonair Agard, Shailja Patel, and Guante.

A musical career began to grow for Imani after she released her final Spoken Word album in 2012. "I just had this inner burning to evolve into a singer-songwriter. I wanted to start a band and make music; I knew it had to happen," shares Imani. Learning to play the guitar and a ukulele, and collaborating with other musicians, is expanding her ability to reach broader audiences. Imani is currently working on a full length album with her Florida based band, Imani Live. Their first single, Love and Aloha, an island inspired love song, dropped in February 2014, and is currently receiving radio play in three continents. With show dates stacking on Imani's calendar, she has her eyes set on the festival scene, and is looking forward to bigger stages to come.  

Lyrics

Float Away

Written By: Imani Woomera

I watch myself fall down hard
My father tells me that there's no God
I'm gonna find him if I look real hard
Some say I'll find him if I look real hard now
I've been to places where waters flow
Down the stream is where some go
When they forget what they should know
Yes it hurts when your roots grow

Pick me up from the bottom
And tell me what to say
I lost myself in the river, Darling
Just yesterday
Pick me up from the bottom
And tell me what to say
I lost myself in the river, Darling
Watch me float away

The only one to stay true to is you
I wonder what you would tell me to do
Don't tell me to follow my heart
That's the most dangerous part
I've followed that path so many times
I've had to leave just to remind
Myself that everything has its time
And mine will come and it's okay now
Mine will come and it's okay

Pick me up from the bottom
And tell me what to say
I lost myself in the river, Darling
Just yesterday
Pick me up from the bottom
And tell me what to say
I lost myself in the river, Darling
Watch me float away

It has been a minute or two
Since I've sat and spoken with you
It has not been easy
To loose the other half of me
I'm crying out
Wont you please

Pick me up from the bottom
And tell me what to say
I lost myself in the river, Darling
Just yesterday
Pick me up from the bottom
And tell me what to say
I lost myself in the river, Darling
Watch me float away

Watch me float away
Watch me float away
Watch me float away
Watch me float away

Discography

Morning Rain (2006)
Pearls (2009)
Talking Story (2012)