Kamau Amen-Ra’s ‘Here’s Looking at You: A Visual Essay of Jazz and Blues’ at the San Leandro Library through July 31
by Wanda Sabir
James Knox’s work is well known; one can see him sitting quietly at one of the few local clubs getting those shots, which often capture the moment as only an artist who loves the music can.
The younger artist and the only woman, TaSin Sabir, has a range of images, each artist described with a poetic quote. Pictured are some of our favorite singers and musicians, like Isaac Hayes, whom we miss, Al Green and Randy Weston. She mixes and matches her cast, highlighting more contemporary artists from the Bay like Martin Luther and Frankie Beverly, juxtaposed with a woman leader from Belgium, Zap Mama.
Kamau Amen Ra’s work this time was a variety of tight shots: Goapele singing into a microphone, the elegant line between her chin, mouth and ear flowing like poetry. Another cool photo was of Damu Sudii Ali, who was there on the same piano that evening. Each photo had a story one had to ask Amen Ra for, since the plates were like serial numbers … brief.
The man really should start putting out books with his work … and include the stories too.
The San Leandro Library is located at 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, and is open seven days a week: Monday-Thursday: 10-9; Friday: 10-5:30; Saturday: 10-5; Sunday: 12-4. For information about the exhibit, call (510) 654-7308.
Bay View Arts Editor Wanda Sabir can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her website at www.wandaspicks.com throughout the month for updates to Wanda’s Picks, her blog, photos and Wanda’s Picks Radio. Her shows are streamed live Wednesdays at 6-7:30 or 8 a.m. and Fridays at 8-10 a.m., can be heard by phone at (347) 237-4610 and are archived on the Afrikan Sistahs’ Media Network.