|I love to dance.
I love to sing.
I love music.
I love art.
To each person who communicated to me their appreciation for the intrinsic value of this art and their understanding of how it represents the genius of its people I am indebted.
I established my collection with great integrity. I have enjoyed sharing my passion with others who, as I do, recognize in each piece of art the inherent strength, humanity and dignity of the African people. I made many meaningful relationships with African traders, art dealers, art collectors,
and museum and bookstore staff around the world. I am grateful to those whose hard work and personal sacrifice, in-depth knowledge and expertise, or simple acts of kindness allowed me the opportunity to assemble these incredible works of art.
While there are many people who I would love to thank, I am unable list them all here. With tremendous humility and much gratitude, I thank them all.
Mamadi Kamess Nyasuma – (Sunrise 1954 ? Sunset 2007)
Mamadi is the father of Nilajah Nyasuma, TERA Gallery’s Cultural Advisor.
Mamadi studied and acquired vast knowledge of Afrikan cultural tradition. His relentless quest led him to the Kemetic philosophy that he unapologetically embraced. As a result, he founded the Kemetic Life Center and the Temple of Ma?at in Washington, D.C. Mamadi also founded Teaching Righteous Understanding Through Heritage (T.R.U.T.H.), which specialized in recovering, preserving and presenting information about Afrikan-American and Afrikan people in the Diaspora. Born out of T.R.U.T.H. was 2000
Black. 2000 Black is first and foremost a plan that focuses on the movement of Afrikan people toward completion freedom. In addition, it is an independent cooperative economic musical project which has produced 2 compilation CD?s.
Under the tutelage of Master Drummer Baba Ngoma, Mamadi developed his skills as a percussionist. He formed the New World Percussion Ensemble and was a member of Collaboration. Mamadi also enjoyed an illustrious career as a percussionist opening for Roy Ayers, Norm Conyers, Third World, Pharaoh Sanders, and Erykah Badu. He also played with Earth Wind & Fire, Fertal Ground, Debbie Kirkland, Maysa, LTD, Lonnie Liston Smith, Arrested Development, Sun Ra and Stevie Wonder.
As I sat with hundreds of others to remember Mamadi?s life, I soon understood that we were there to celebrate the life of a King. After hours of personal testimonies from those who knew him, and many instrumental and vocal offerings of praise, the eulogy was abandoned, Mamadi?s body was carried away, and we departed feeling better to have known him and looking forward to seeing him again in the next life.
Mamadi understood that in the Afrikan tradition, the drummer is responsible for signaling the community and imparting information. And, in all his endeavors, Mamadi was an endless drummer. Whenever anyone encountered him, they were blessed with knowledge, information, culture, and love.
The TERA Gallery celebrates the great life of Mamadi Nyasuma, the power of his music, and his passion of Afrikan history and culture. Share with us the sounds of 2000 BLACK. To learn more about 2000 BLACK, please visit:
Gallery Art Poster
Jason Patterson & CaRes Patterson
|Jason Patterson and CaRes Patterson are my sister?s blessings. They are brave, intelligent, sincere, respectful, and kind. I am very proud of these young men. The TERA Gallery has been an environment that Jason and CaRes have grown to appreciate, and they share with me its purpose. Their greatest contribution to the Gallery is the map of Africa they created that is the watermark used in this web presentation.
Jason who was 8 and CaRes who was 5 created this artwork when they visited me for a few days along with my loving mother and my dear 83-year-old great aunt. I shared with ?the boys? my dream of having a map of the continent of Africa in TERA Gallery to show the countries, societies, and origin of each piece of artwork in the Gallery. When I returned to the Gallery that evening, I found these two young men with big smiles on their faces. Jason was standing on an Ashante stool drawing and CaRes was holding a reference book telling Jason what he needed to do to complete their drawing.
During their visit, Jason spent an entire day with me in my office. He impressed the staff with his intelligence, then worked on the computer preparing filing labels. During lunch we visited the White House, and later he purchased CaRes a pair of sunglasses. The next day, CaRes worked with me and warmed the hearts of my colleagues with his beautiful smile and politeness. At the end of the day, a colleague gave to him $5.00 for being such “a nice young man.” He returned home and wrote his minister a post-card:
?Dear Reverend, I am fine. How is God??
This was a time that I will never forget. I rejoiced at having four generations of family in my home sharing old and new stories, and most important, making our own stories. I will always remember our conversation with the boys about ?Sunday clothes.? Like I remember those who taught me much of what I cherish today, I do love my nephews and pray that they will remember me.
Interior Gallery Painting by Masha