Today I introduce my very first guest writer on Maylana’s Closet. I am proud to introduce Ms Althea Anderson, who is a prolific writer in her own right. Ms Anderson hails from East London in England, and is one of the original Sylista’s who ever entered my life, because she is also my big sister. Below in her own words, Althea describes in beautiful detail, her night at the Jazz Cafè while, attending the performance of The Floacist.
Blog Family, please welcome Ms. Anderson to the blogging stage.
I have heard it said, that there are angels who walk the earth in the form of man. The gift they possess, enlightens us on a daily basis; ensuring that we constantly look for the good within, they help us to remember our true purpose on this earth, which is to “Know Thyself” and be all we are supposed to be. One such angel is called Floacist.
On Sunday 28th April, my sweetheart and I had the pleasure of attending the only concert in London, her first on home soil in 7 years, I might add! For now I will leave you with just one word PHENOMINAL!
Who is she? A quick induction for you: Originating from South London, singer, songwriter, and poet Natalie Stewart, the original member and founder of the group Floetry, invited her friend Marsha Ambrosius on stage to perform with her. The combination of poetry and singing was an immediate success, and with that Floetry was born.
A hop skip and jump to the U.S., and two successful albums were released. “Floetic” in 2002 and “Flo’Ology” in 2005, both with memorable tracks “Say Yes” and “Supa Star” being the chart toppers. With the parting of ways in 2006, Stewart formed a production company producing successful plays, and threw in some acting of her own. Metamorphosing into Floacist, with two beautiful albums; “Floetic Soul” in 2010, and “The Floacist Presents – Floetry Re-Birth” in 2012. We now fast forward to the Jazz Café in London.
Ladies in heels; guys with beautiful locs, and cameras poised in anticipation; the atmosphere was electric as I gazed around. Being a scribe myself (I love that description), I was anxious to witness a true priestess in full flow. A roaring introduction, synchronized with 3 backing singers, bongos, piano and guitar bring her to the stage. Opening with ‘Children of the Sun’ everyone connects, the journey begins… “Slow Down” eases us along our way, as we absorb the words of wisdom, and melody… Everyone starts swaying “doodaadoodaaadaaada…” Speechless! Fantastic! Time travelled and 9.15 p.m. turned into 11.00 p.m. Encore!
Floacist’s gift of rhetoric is breath-taking, poetry was created in its purest form, from the soul, blessings were had… Consider me blessed!