SSF 2019 Featured Vocalist Alana DaCosta

Alana 2.6.2016

Alana DaCosta was born in Bronx, New York and raised in South Florida by way of Jamaican parents. Alana’s creative abilities are limitless. As an interdisciplinary artist, Alana uses various mediums as a creative community builder, artist activist, singer/songwriter, musician, and poet. Alana’s eclectic music blends neo-soul with jazz, reggae, hip hop and a drop of funk. A graduate of the Dillard School of Performing Arts, she excelled in voice and instrumental training. As an international performing artist and previous member of the Howard University Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Alana has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. She has shared the stage with icons such as Freddie Jackson, Beres Hammond, Roberta Flack, Babyface, Angelique Kidjo, Erykah Badu, Common, Cee-lo, Anthony Hamilton and more.

“My music and expressive art initiatives will inspire the minds, hearts and souls of people across the world, and will ignite change, social responsibility, awareness, and our purpose to live life freely, without regrets and without bounds.”

Alana, who also has a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, understands the healing power of the creative arts. As founder of KR8TiVE Uprising, Inc., her mission is to be artistically responsible for creating global change, social responsibility and collective inspiration. With the drive and passion felt in her music and community initiatives, there is no doubt, that Alana is destined to create change, awareness and inspiration through her creativity.

Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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