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OUR TEACHERS

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ALI HUSSAIN

Founder of Nostalgic Remembrance

Creative Writer

Ali Hussain has a PhD in Sufism from the University of Michigan, Department of Middle Eastern Studies. He is also a published author with several works on art and creativity.

 

These include Art in Memoirs: Setting ForthMystical Musings of a Contemporary Dervish and The Souk of Nostalgia: A Childhood Between Rivers and Mountains.

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DESTINY MUHAMMAD

Harpist

Whether interpreting jazz standards or her original tunes, Muhammad turns every piece into a soulful adventure.’ -- -Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

‘While certainly inspired by Alice Coltrane, Muhammad brings her own unique touch to the strings, as well as a contemporary melodic style that is exacting, whether she is working solo or accompanied’

-Denise Sullivan | DownBeat Magazine

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MALIKE AYUBBI

Artist and Calligrapher

Malika Ayubbi is painter based in the United States. She works with mixed media, attempting to fuse classic and modern styles of the Islamic calligraphy with versatile colorations and abstraction.

 

Malika is always in pursuit of the healing aspects of art through her work, which explains her use of colors that evoke certain emotion and soft textured washes.

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KAMAU AYUBBI

Chaplain, Artist and Creative Healer

Kamau Ayubbi is a child of parents who were actively engaged in artistic, social, spiritual and political movements in the 1960’s.

 

His deceased father was a member of the Nation of Islam, a personal follower of el hajj Malik Shabazz, Malcolm X in early exploration of Sunni Islam for African Americans and was also an educator, conga drummer and visual artist.

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LU FUKI AND TAZEEN AYUB

Jazz Musicians

LuFuki is a Detroit composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, originally from Oakland, CA. He is the founder of the afro-spirit jazz collective, LuFuki and Divine Providence, a collective of spiritual musicians who fuse genres with the intention of connecting hearts in order to promote unity, freedom, and social action.