"What would the world be without art? Art saves lives. I know it has saved my life. It IS my life." - Queen Mother Imakhu
In Khamet (Ancient Egypt), artists had rock star status. They were highly respected, and in many cases well compensated for their gifts and skills, because they were considered vessels to the divine. Their ability to allow creativity and vision to flow through them, gave voice to messages from on high, whether visual artist, scribe, singer, dancer, musician, or storyteller. They also preserved history.
Queen Mother Imakhu has had quite an extensive professional career in the arts. Vocalist, songwriter/arranger, actress, director, musician, filmmaker, writer, dancer, choreographer, radio broadcaster & producer, event producer, teacher-in-the-arts, visual artist, clothing designer, artisan, yogini, motivational speaker... She considers her work a sacred calling.
"Queen Mother Imakhu has been a motivator as a teacher and artist to the P.O.P.C.O.R.N. Kidz. She inspires those around her to search for knowledge of themselves and their culture." - Sandra Hayward, Founder & Director of The P.O.P.C.O.R.N. KIDZ
"This wise woman brings her gift of thought with drums and tales of the world."
- Stvjns Daugh, Co-Owner/Director of ETG Cafe, Staten Island, NY
"Queen Mother, you've got that magic!" - Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets
"Queen Mother's teaching for Sonic Explorations at Oakwood Avenue Community School in Orange, NJ is rooted in the deepest respect for her students' humanity and musicianship. Her mastery of making joyful music with young children is demonstrated each year by her success in guiding students towards a more fulfilled and peaceful version of themselves.”
- Douglas Farrand, Sonic Explorations Program Coordinator and Teaching Artist