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SAMA presents Third World United

Three polaroids with Akhi Abu Bakr, Essam Muhammad, and Petty Pro in each. Bakr is standing in front of trees, looking down. Muhammad is crouching down on the street. Pro is leaning on a box in front of a blank background.

Third World United presented by SAMA

Akhi Abu Bakr is a poet, entrepreneur, and youth advocate from Seattle. He has been writing and performing poetry for almost an entire decade. He’s been invited all across the globe to share his art and his story. He has made it his goal to inspire young Muslim poets in his community and across the globe to use this outlet of expression He is the co-founder of Glad Tidings Clothing an urban apparel and accessory company. He’s co-founded 3WU (Third World United) a record label and non-profit dedicated to amplifying the voices of Muslim youth.

Essam Muhammad's career took off in 2016 with the release of his debut video “West Is My Home.” In the four years since, he’s been invited to perform on different continents, sharing his journey and creativity in countries like South Africa, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. He has also maintained a constant presence in the South Seattle community where he grew up, helping to cultivate safe spaces for young poets to grow and share their work.

Deionte “PettyPro” Petty, is a true Seattle native whose deeply vested into the welfare of his community. Having deep roots in music production audio engineering and youth programming, he reverted to Islam in 2014 while attaining his Bachelors at Seattle University. He now serves as the Director of Fund Development at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and the CEO of Third World United, a growing multimedia platform striving under Islamic guidelines.

Learn more at their website and on YouTube.

This segment is produced by Seattle Sacred Music & Art (SAMA), also a sponsor of the 50th annual Northwest Folklife Festival.  SAMA curates, produces, and collaborates on an immersive series of music and art performances that share the healing power of global sacred music. Through partnerships with music and arts presenters in the Pacific Northwest and around the world, SAMA connects global and local artists with our region’s communities to promote cross-cultural understanding and create space for healing and dialogue.

Third World United will be performing live on June 19th at the Orcas Island Eastsound Village Green as part of a concert presented by Seattle Sacred Music & Art and Orcas Center (the Orcas Island Center for Performing Arts).  Admission is free and open to the public!

Scheduled performance time: Saturday, May 29 - 5:45pm | Channel: Folklife Premieres | Category: Music