Sista Folami

Sista Folami

BandR&BChildren's Music

We are what we sing. And so I offer you songs filled with love, a yearning for learning, and celebrations of family, self-determination and the things we do every single day. Come be with me and sing Family Music!!!

Biography

There’s a new genre on the scene and its taking the nation by storm
It’s called “family music.” A refreshing blend of unpretentious, inspiring, spirited lyrics for the young and young at heart, woven around a cornucopia of rhythms and sounds that make you want to shake your tail feather while you appreciate the richness revelry of life. And it’s much welcomed arrival in this world where innocence and simplicity has been orphaned by the complexities of daily living. Some have called this genre “music whose time has come.”

Introducing Folami Prescott-Adams and “Come Be With Me”
Song writer and educator Dr. Folami Prescott-Adams is in the eye of this amazing storm. Her latest CD entitled, Come Be With Me” is a compilation of fourteen fresh and original songs that not only moves the listener to snap their fingers and tap their feet, this amazing CD raises the social and spiritual consciousness of young and old through its richly crafted lyrics.

The Message in Her Music
Come Be With Me sets out to “promote a sense of family, culture, community and pride,” according to Folami. The lyrics are written in a way that motivates, inspires and empowers youngsters through life affirming themes to help them feel good about themselves and their destiny. Songs such as Good Morning, Take A Nap, Have Fun, History No Mystery, and Straight to the Family.
“Come Be With Me” and “ABC’s of Unity” are sure to be family favorites on road trips and getting ready for school in the morning.
Folami delivers song after song with a solid, soulful, soothing and symphonic quality reminiscent of a cross between Roberta Flack and Jill Scott. While the content of the music is for children, the production is funky and contemporary, which is loads of fun for the entire family with all of its eclectic blend of music with neo soul, hip hop, country, jazz and classical cuts.

New Project in Development
The magic of the awe-inspiring, catchy and entertaining tunes on her CD will permeate her current project, which is under development, of a children’s television show which features the playful and loveable characters “Sunny Sydup (side-up)” and “Silver Lining.” Through songs and prose these two affable girls guide the viewing audience through some of the bumps and bends in life to help little folks deal with big issues, provide messages of hope and lessons of inspiration. They will also traverse those heart felt moments in life as well, things we can sing, laugh and feel good about.

More About Folami
•She is co-founder/president of HomeMade Jamz, a multi-media concern that creates and develops character-oriented consumer products and services for entertainment and education to broadcast outlets, educational systems, and families. Dr. Prescott-Adams also serves as creative director to ensure proper guidance and development of media products, including the family CD series, electronic programming and education materials.

•She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Brown University; a Master’s in Educational Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia; and a doctorate of Community Psychology from Georgia State.

•As a professional community psychologist, Dr. Prescott-Adams has and over 20 years in youth programming, curriculum development, program evaluation and school reform. And she has worked with education consultant and nationally renown author Jawanza Kunjufu in co-writing an africentric/multicultural curriculum called SETCLAE Program (Self-Esteem Through Culture Leads to Academic Excellence) for grades K-12 in which many of her songs have been incorporated.

•Dr. Prescott-Adams serves as assistant director of programs for Communities in Schools (CIS) in Atlanta, whose mission is to connect community resources with schools to help young people learn successfully, remain in school and prepare for constructive, positive living.

•She is the artistic director for ARCH Productions, a theatrical outfit housed at Columbia High School in Decatur, GA.

•She has spent 20 years working in school reform at Georgia State University, the Annenberg Foundation and other metro Atlanta school districts, along with previously directing school-based programs for 100 Black Men of America, Atlanta Chapter, the Morehouse School of Medicine and Time Warner’s CNN Student Bureau.

•Dr. Prescott-Adams, is married, lives in Atlanta, GA and the proud mother of four talented, brilliant children.

Lyrics

Good Morning

Written By: Folami Prescott-Adams

GOOD MORNING

Sounds of waking children – asking for 5 and 10 minutes more.

Sun is a rising
Moon is a dimming
Birds are a chirping for you

Mamma is waking
Alarm clock is ringing.
Breakfast is cooking for you.

Good Morning. Good morning.
Good morning to you. I hope you have an excellent day.

Good Morning. Good morning.
Good morning to you. I hope you have an excellent day.

Sun is a shining this morning.
It’s shining for you.
I hope you have something to say.

Clouds are a forming this morning.
They’re forming for you.
I hope you have a prosperous day.

Temperatures’ dropping
Rain is a falling
Flurries are snowing for you.

Leaves are a falling
Flowers are blooming
Sun is a blazing for you.

Good Morning. Good morning.
Good morning to you. I hope you have an excellent day.

Good Morning. Good morning.
Good morning to you. I hope you have an excellent day.

When it’s time to get up and all you ask for is 5 or 10 or 15 minutes more
Before you get out the bed.
Try thinking ‘bout your blessings
and the good things that are coming
In your day
That’s right ahead
Try thinking bout the blessings in your day ahead.

Breeze is a blowing
Wind is a flowing
Fog is a fogging for you.

School bus is stopping
Crossing guards guiding
Teachers are planning for you

Good morning. Good morning.
Good morning to you.

Good morning. Good morning.
Good morning to you.

Good morning.

Come Be With Me

Written By: Folami Prescott-Adams

COME BE WITH ME

Come be with me.
Come be with me

We’re gonna celebrate
We’re gonna celebrate the family

Come be with me
and Sylver and Sunni

Come be with me
I’m Sista Folami

BRIDGE
If you need a hand I’m the one
If you need an ear, I’m right here.

If you need advice
If you need my help
If you need to talk
If you lose your way

Come be with me
Come be with me

VERSE
I wanna situate
You in your life today
So you can concentrate on all the things you take
Too lightly.

You know you take them too lightly

We’re gonna build a legacy
For all the world to see
We’re gonna build community

It’s all for the family.
It’s all for the family.

History No Mystery

Written By: Folami Prescott-Adams

History No Mystery

BACKGROUND CHANT
Don’t want my history to be no mystery
Don’t want my history to be no mystery
Don’t want my history to be no mystery
Don’t want my history to be no mystery

VERSE
When I’m feelin’ beat, I think of Mary
And all the children she taught
When I’m feelin’ defeat, I think of Ghandi
And peaceful messages he brought.

CHORUS
Without books to read the lessons, feed our minds and feed our souls.
With just a funny video our children they will never know.

They won’t know their history
It will remain a mystery.
They won’t know their history.
They won’t be able to foresee.

BACKGROUND:
I don’t want my history to be no mystery to me.
I don’t want my history to be no mystery to me.

VERSE
When I’m feelin’ mad, I think of Mr. Rogers
And to children how kind he always was.
When I’m feelin’ sad, I think of Maynard Jackson
And all his brilliance and his love.

When I’m feelin’ down, I think of our leaders
And with heart and mind, oh how they lead
When I’m feelin’ under the ground
I think of Harriet Tubman
and all the people she helped free.

Without speakers doin’ speaking, feeding minds and feeding souls.
With just a music video, our children, they will never know,

They won’t know their history
It will remain a mystery.
They won’t know their history.
They won’t be able to foresee.

BACKGROUND (simultaneous):
I don’t want my history to be no mystery to me.
I don’t want my history to be no mystery to me.

BRIDGE - GUEST VOCALIST / RAP ARTIST
‘Cause our history can’t be mystery
It’s for us to know
Our story
It’s our clock for time
Without it there’s no rhyme
Or reason to align with those who shine.
It gives each one of us
Something to touch
And hold and make us feel inspired
Makes us feel inspired.
That is our history

BACKGROUND:
I don’t want my history to be no mystery to me. No not to me.
I don’t want my history to be no mystery to me. No not to me.
I don’t want my history to be no mystery to me. No not to me.
I don’t want my history to be no mystery to me. No not to me.

Nelson Mandela is a man who had a plan
He’d stay in jail until apartheid fell/failed

Mary Bethune, she changed the rules. She built a school. Without many tools.
She made it possible to have a hospital
When some folk weren’t hospitable to us.
I know just what you’re thinking
I need to know my leaders
More than I know Adidas, Nike, Phat Farm and salt peanuts.

BACKGROUND:
I don’t want my history to be no mystery to me.
I don’t want my history to be no mystery to me.

Without books to read the lessons, feed our minds and feed our souls.
With just a music video our children they will never know.

They won’t know their history
It will remain a mystery.
I don’t know ‘bout you, but I know ‘bout me.
I wanna know my history.

Discography

Praise Songs and Everyday Songs 1992
Praise Songs and Everyday Song II 2003
Come Be With Me Sampler 2004
Come Be With Me 2005

Set List

Live shows are critical in connecting people to Sista Folami's music, Sista Folami engages the audience by introducing characters, live instrumentation, and incorporating the audience into her live shows. Capturing her audiences attention and feeding off her energy is something Sista Folami feels is necessary to inpart her messages of hope, love, and family wherever and whenever she performs.

She performs 100% original music from her own material. Sets can range from 20 minutes to over an hour.

Songs may include:

1. Come Be With Me

2. Good Morning

3. Helping Our Minds Expand

4. ABC's of Unity

5. Head To Toe

6. Egypt is in Africa

7. History No Mystery

8. Expressions

9. Take A Nap

10. Have Fun

11. Good Night...

12. Straight to the Family