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    http://youtu.be/eTF8gY3DX9k This is a new song by me (in collaboration on some of the lyrics with my husband Kevin) […]

Iyanifa Mahealani

Alafia. I am Iyanifa Mahealani Uchiyama, a priestess of S’ango and Ifa.

I am also a dancer and musician. I hold a BA in Dance Ethnology, and an MA in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. I am the founder of the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance and have produced and been part of numerous major performances for close to 30 years.

Many years ago when I was a member of the Orinoco Caribbean Dancers and Drummers, we performed dances to S’ango. At that time I received the call from the Orisa to study and become a part of this beautiful tradition.

I am also a recording artist, and endeavor to motivate my community to recognize their own unique gifts and their value to others. Two of my CDs, “A Walk by the Sea” and “Ndoro dze Madzinza” are both recipients of Hawai’i Music Awards.

Photography by Margo Moritz


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