“Ayana Sade Is…
A Lyricist whose medium is music and poetry, has had the amazing opportunity to open for Etana and Ziggy Marley. Her Sultry vocals transcends across different genres, including jazz and afro-punk, but consistently pays homage to her Jamaican roots – she affirms, “You can always feel the island vibes”.
She is most inspired by her father, Delroy ‘Zapology’ Clarke, a successful international solo artist whose resume includes being the lead vocalist and keyboardist for one of Pittsburgh’s earliest and most successful reggae groups – S.W.A.M.M.P. Band. From the early age of 11 she’s performed alongside many well-known artists and musicians’. This summer, she’s most proud of her pieces preformed at The Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in shows titled “Does my opinion Matter” and “The Canvas of Words”.
She is a licensed cosmetologist and teaching artist; when she’s not on the stage, she shares and spreads self-love through working with “at risk youth” for the 5 year. Cultural Cosmetology, a course she developed, derived directly from her experiences with the lack of tolerance and understanding amongst African-Americans regarding our natural hair and beauty.
Through education, she aims to provide a vulnerable yet comfortable environment discussing subjects ranging from colorism, self-image, and entrepreneurship. For example, a day in her class and you may be sharing a presentation titled “What is Beauty” or creating your own beauty products using natural ingredients found in your home. Her course aims to teach young women and men, to not only understand, but acknowledge their own self –worth and be comfortable initiating difficult, but necessary conversations in and outside of our own communities.”