Beautiful Places/Freedom Spaces

Presented by Aisha Ellis

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Through a backdrop of live music, spoken word, sign language, visual arts, this project will explore the landscape of environmental justice challenges faced by underserved/marginalized communities including water shutoffs, pollution, and housing instability among others. The project will also demonstrate various necessary adaptive/survival skills for all to build self-sufficiency and resilience.



About the Artist

Aisha "Time Keepa" Ellis is a drummer/percussionist and choreographer. As a native Detroiter and seasoned musician, she comes with a diverse background in multiple genres of music such as R&B/Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz & Blues, Funk, Rock, Reggae and/or Afro-Cuban. Inspired at an early age by women drummers like Sheila E., Gayelynn McKinney, Monique Reynolds and Terri Lynn Carrington, she found her career as a "Time Keepa" at the age of 12 years old by learning snare, tenor and bass drums in middle school. Aisha furthered her studies with Detroit musical greats like Dwight Boswell, Charlie Bannister of the Detroit Drum School, and Ernie Rogers and Harold McKinney of Jazz Messengers. She received an Aretha Franklin music scholarship (partial) to study music performance at HBCU Langston University in Langston Oklahoma. Known for a solid back beat and an unwavering pocket; Aisha was the drummer in Detroit's all female excursion Lola Valley,YIN the hip-hop band who backed and toured with Pontiac native One Be Lo (as Double Lo 7). She is also the drummer and percussionist for Jessica Care Moore's Black Women Rock - where she featured backing acts Dionne Farris, Divinity Roxx, Nik West, Tama Kali, Joi Gillium and many others. She recently toured as a musical ambassador with Kresge Artist Fellow Mahogany Jones to Kathmandu (Nepal), performed and toured with Les Nubians and has recorded on multiple songs for their long awaited upcoming album. Aisha has recorded for the podcast CrimeTown, she performs/records with her band "Mollywop!" which is one of Detroit's hottest live acts. She is a 2018 Gilda Awardee.