DC's Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August, she simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes. Songs from both projects have already won her recognition and awards. She was one of ten finalists (from a pool of 5,000) in this year's NewSong Music Competition and, after performing at Lincoln Center on November 30th, she was named grand-prize winner. Matthews also won the People Music Network's Social Just Songs contest at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.
A new day is upon us, and hip hop’s answer to the question “what happened to the female rap game” is here. Blessed with the lyrical prowess to compete with the hottest emcees in the business, and being touted as the female version of The Neptunes, the female duo KIN4LIFE is a force. Together as a group for more than a decade, and friends for even longer, Nor and IQ have solidified their family ties and KIN4LIFE has never had a truer meaning.
Philly-born Sharon Bousquet left the East Coast in her early 20's to follow a gypsy path. Five states called home and seven albums of original music later, Sharon has returned to East Coast roots with a strong collection of soulful songs in hand. She was a top finalist in the 2016 Philly Songwriter's Contest, and the 2017 Musicarmageddon Solo songwriter competition at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington DE. Bousquet continues to gain recognition for strong songwriting, powerful vocals and deep skill on the acoustic guitar.
Music Over Matter (MOM)
Jan Jeffries (aka Ms. Rhythm Speaker) is the founder of Music Over Matter. MOM is a diverse group of women sharing Soulful Beatz Rhythms and vocals while inviting audience participation. Members are Marcy Francis: bass player, sekere, jun jun drum & vocal; Auset Ankh: yoga instructor, sekere & jun jun drums: Karen Rayan: our chief gourd grower, jembe & conga player; Jan Jeffries: jembe, congas, trap drums, tap dancer, vocals. Jan Jeffries returns joyfully to SisterSpace; in past years she performed with Voices of Africa, and Monette Sudler Trio, and she also led the Women's Million March in Philly this year. MOM: That other thing you feel inside. No, No, Not talkin' bout your pride. The gut feelin', It lets you know From the stomach to the heart, Through your soul, That beat that gave you & me Life, Yeah, Life.Talkin' bout MOM The rhythm within yourself. Restoration Music, Helping People.
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As always, we strive a schedule of workshops that are as interesting and diverse as the many women who attend. n the past, SisterSpace has offered workshops focusing on sexuality, feminism, relationships, body painting, self-improvement, financial planning, car maintenance, salsa dancing, and more! As the workshops are largely community-driven, we welcome you to share your passions and interests by facilitating a workshop (or two - or three). Visit our Workshops section for more info.
For the 3rd straight year, the women of Sexuality Space are pleased to offer a safe space for any SisterSpace attendee over the age of 18 to discuss, explore, witness and participate in consensual erotic play. Personal boundaries are encouraged, accepted and respected at all times. Workshops and events through out the weekend! Cozy public and private play spaces are stocked with safer sex and cleaning supplies. You are welcome to bring your toy bag, your loved one(s) and/or your friends to enjoy and explore the equipment, the educational workshops and the magic of sensuality and sexuality.
Feeling creative? Our Art Space has the supplies you need to express yourself through art (or crafts). Need to work up a sweat? Join a pickup game of basketball or flag football, or maybe a hike to the Susquehanna or some low-key lawn games. Feeling hot? Cool off in the Olympic-sized pool, or just hang out poolside and socialize. Wanna dance and sing? Hit the Saturday night dance party, and then go try our super-fun late night Karaoke. Or - grab a spot at the Open Mic on Saturday and show everyone what you can do! Wanna chill out? Get lost in a movie at the Video Lounge. Whatever your mood, there's something for you to do!