Pacha Mamas performances include movement and improvisation (Interplay style, see www.interplay.org), but it is the music that drives them, singing and playing primarily their original songs. Music that can’t be neatly categorized due to the fact that the styles they use are as diverse as their backgrounds ranging from those that are a cappella and accompanied by African drums to tunes that might have come from a Broadway show. What they all have in common is chiming three part harmonies and upbeat themes, many spiritual in nature. It is their intention to create a celebration of what is good in the world by emphasizing the things that connect and empower us all.
Pacha Mamas is comprised of three unique individuals who work in harmony with each other and spirit to create and express. By opening and extending their hearts in this way, they affirm healing and connection in the world. They believe that three working as one can create miracles.
Marquetta Dupree has worked for the International Black Youth Summit as a facilitator helping to bring into being their vision for the community and the world. She has trained for 10 years in African Dance and has just finished teaching a year of African Inspired Dance classes. She is a graduate of Interplay’s Leadership program, a path of spontaneously embodying and creating art from life through playing with song, story and dance in solo, partner and group play. Marquetta spends as much time as she can singing, dancing, and telling stories while practicing the art of living in the “present moment”.
Angela Holley is a graduate of Interplay’s Leadership program as well. She is creator of the critically acclaimed “Holley’s Country Follies” and “Wildwood Flowers: The June Carter Musical” (www.thejunecartermusical.com). Holley is an award-winning actress who has been in show business for over 20 years. In addition, she owned and operated Cabaret Creations, where she created, produced, and performed a variety of cabaret shows for multiple venues. Most recently she has begun taking her spiritual life and her own music more seriously composing several “spirit songs” as part of the journey to share with others.
Vivian Slade began her career as a musician, touring the southern and eastern US through early 2000. As a solo guitarist/vocalist, she received excellent reviews and airplay on indie and college radio. Vivian (who currently lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and large dog) teaches private voice lessons as well as group sessions on how to use the voice to bring more joy and abundance into one’s life. Vivian continues to perform in Nashville as a jazz vocalist, independent rock/pop artist and children’s theater actress.