VAHA Seeks Performers for Black Music Month and Juneteenth Events

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Got talent? If so, the Valencia African Heritage Association wants to hear from you. The group is calling on students, faculty, staff and members of the community to perform during its upcoming Black Music Month and Juneteenth events taking place in June.

“This is just a way to show off talent and pay homage to different musical themes and categories,” said Danielle Strong-Robinson Smith, part-time faculty, English, who is helping organize the event. “After last year’s success in scouting talent, we would like to continue to highlight the Valencia family and community.”

Week 1: Young Pioneers in Music
Date: Friday, June 4, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Music Examples: Soulja Boy, Aaliyah, Lil Bow Wow, Usher, Brandy, Monica, Kirk Franklin.

Week 2: Women in Music
Date: Friday, June 11, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Music Examples: Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, The Clark Sisters, Destiny’s Child,  Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Rihanna, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott

Week 3: Juneteenth
Music Genre: Soul and Gospel
Date: June 18, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.

Week 4: Family
Date: June 25, 2021
Music examples: Jackson 5, Latoya Jackson, Janet Jackson, the Smith family (Will, Jayden, Willow and Jada), The Isley Brothers, Babyface, The Braxtons, The Debarge family, SWV, Sister Sledge, and K-Ci & JoJo.

Those who wish to participate can upload audition videos here. Although some entries may originally be intended for one category, some covers can fill multiple roles, so they will be used as needed for time and relevance.

For questions, contact Danielle at

We look forward to hearing from you.

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