Ayano is from Cambridge, MA and has been a health focused, creation based, community champion, ally and advocate of youth diversity for many years. Using holistic wellness, spoken word and playful and yogic movement as a means to offer self healing, free expression and peer unity to his classes.
Amadou performs on the 21-string Kora, and rhythmic presentations on Djembe and Koutiro drums. In addition to his solo work, Amadou performs with his world rock ensemble Proper SKANKS as well as with Farafina Kan, Manding Jata, Spank Rock, and Urban Afrikan.
Jean-Jacques was born the last child of a magical mother and a powerful painter. His first years in Haiti were filled with color, kite flying, shoeless foot races, sugarcane, nightly serenades to the moon, storytelling and untold hours painting in his father’s studio. He continued the wide-eyed wonder and creativity of his ever-growing childhood shifted to the northeast USA.
Baba Ras D, which means “Father of Kings and Queens” is one of One Common Unity’s most veteran facilitators. From 2003 – 2007 he directed our Revel Youth Shine youth program, designed to keep young men and women between the ages of 7 – 25 years of age engaged in positive self, family, and community oriented activities through music.