Multi Award Winning Female Saxophonist, Birmingham, UK, Jazz, Gospel, Reggae, Blues, Soul and Originals. 'Music for the soul'
Cafemnee is a space for female musicians, of various levels (used to play, hobby, part-time, full time) and abilities (beginners to advance), to come together in an atmosphere of collegiality where the combination of experience, expertise and acceptance sponsor a revitalising of self belief, openness to ask niggling questions, and fuel-up for their onward musical journey.
Cafemnee sessions aim to build musical expression of women through discussion, masterclass tips, jamming, networking, reflection or prayer* and lunch.
*Cafemnee is a Christian based event but is not exclusive. This is a space where spiritual matters within music can be discussed if raised. It is for all genres of music jazz, reggae, blues, rock, gospel, etc. Female musicians who are not Christians are welcomed to attend Cafemnee. Women who have a faith but do not attend church are also welcomed. A time of reflection or prayer is included for those who would like the opportunity to do so. Attendees are under no obligation to participate in prayer.
Last Saturday, my project Time For My Music had an online evening performance, which was livestreamed through my YouTube channel. Among all the talented women who were in the show, we should have had the bright smile and powerful djembe of Carlene McKenzie, but unfortunately, she passed away at the beginning of the year.
On July 3rd of this year, the women of ‘Time For My Music’, my online membership group dedicated to support emerging female musicians, offered a performance in which they applied all the things they learned in the group: from how to get and use backing tracks, to what microphones to use, to how to record themselves, etc.
‘Time For My Music’ is the name of the community group for female musicians that I created alongside my Cafemnee team, wishing to provide a safe and welcoming environment to have conversations, share resources, improve ourselves and create music together.
As the director of Cafemnee, I am proud to present ‘Time for My Music’, an online community group that evolved from the virtual activities we made during the lockdown and that aims to offer a space for females in music to connect, share, learn and advance themselves.
When the times come that society opens up for dialogue and collective improvement, the consideration of intersectionality becomes more important than ever. Obstacles pile up the more of these “little boxes” society manages to fit you in: race, gender, age, financial status, health condition, etc. Cafemnee is a project I created many years ago with the firm purpose of removing some of those obstacles and open the path for artistes, more specifically, for female musicians.
We now have a platform with private forums where members can share exercises and WIPs for others to provide feedback. We have a gallery of lessons that they can revisit whenever they want. We had videocalls and shared screenings, we learned together to use a wide arrangement of virtual tools. It was enriching, it was empowering, and it allowed us to rise together against the challenge of the pandemic.
Some of you are already familiar with Cafemnee, my project to empower women in music through education, promotion and networking. We have two big events per year, and the next one, called “Pleasing Your Audience”, is coming on Saturday 4th April.