Modern

Ethnic Fashion Week

MODEFA (Modern Ethnic Fashion Week) is a benefit event on behalf of the African Arts Academy’s education and performing arts initiatives. The goal is to provide San Francisco residents with an institution that specializes in the doctrines of arts and crafts originating in Africa and the African Diaspora, based on the spirit of cultural diversity, sustainability, innovation, and social justice.

By bridging the traditional way of ancient wisdom and the new technology, we can empower our community through cultural preservation for generations to come. MODEFA SF is a global marketplace with a one-ofa-kind fashion show that draws designers from all over the world to celebrate cultural diversity. Offering an open booth, a runway fashion display, an art exhibit, exotic food, fun entertainment featuring live music, award giveaways, and more. This event draws customers and exhibitors from all walks of life. MODEFA, considered the best fashion show in San Francisco, focuses on ethnic excellence, modern ethnically influenced haute couture fashion that celebrates one’s cultural heritage with pride, as well as contemporary apparel and accessories featuring wearable technologies in the creative sectors.

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The Venue

THE LODGE AT THE REGENCY CENTER

Location

Performing Arts

African Arts Academy entertainment

LIVE MUSIC

The showcase of local and international bands. Celebrating cultural diversity through live music performance inviting headline bands from renown ethnic international band, including local talents.

African Arts Academy

STAND UP COMEDY

We showcase increditible comedians to delight the evening and make people laugh together in peace and harmony.

Zaouli Dance

ETHNIC DANCE SHOWCASE

We showcase beautiful ethnic dance from various cultures that celebrates the vibriant cultures of the world.

AAA Juneteenth Forum

JUNETEENTH FORUM

ORDINARY WOMEN DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS THROUGH RESILIENCE. HONORING BLACK EXCELLENCE AND SUCCESS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Piwai

IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Spiritual nirvana is how some have described Piwai’s hypnotic sound and chilling vocals. She is a compelling artist who defies genre boundaries, flowing effortlessly from folk, reggae, or jazz to authentic African rhythms.
causing her music to become tangible to listeners and generating a trance-like beat that harmonizes awareness. Piwai’s beautiful voice and genre-bending tunes astonish audiences around. Piwai, affectionately referred to as the girl with the African thumb piano, or mbira, was raised in Zimbabwe. Her cosmopolitan upbringing in Southern Africa and early exposure to gospel music shaped her love of music. Since then, Piwai has been trained by masters such as conguero Butch Haynes and the legendary drummer Yagbe Onilu. Piwai plays drums on Fantastic Negrito’s 2017 Grammy-winning album “Last Days of Oakland,” and the two routinely cooperate. Fantastic Negrito is a three-time Grammy winner.

AS A SCIENTIST

Experienced scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry. Skilled in Research and Development (R&D), Validation, Analytical Skills, Molecular Biology, and Business Strategy & Intelligence. Strong research and analytics professionals & champions for customers, who creatively & positively impact the  triple bottom line. Laina holds a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Prairie View A&M University and is currently pursuing an MBA & certifications at Pepperdine Graziadio, School of Business and the Harvard Business Analytical Program (HBAP). She is also the founder and principal of a biotech consulting firm, BioMinuka. 

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Keldamuzik

 

TV HOST AND MUSICIAN

Kelda Williams, also known by his stage name Keldamuzik aka “Diva” is an American artist, singer, songwriter, producer, TV host, writer, actress, and entrepreneur. Born in the Bay Area, she is known for her hit singles “Queen for a Night” and “Thirsty,” which are both on her 4th studio album, Diva TV (2010). She has toured internationally with R&B singer Lloyd, Kid Ink, and Jah Cure. Songs from her 4 albums have been featured on MTV’s “Real World” and the Oxygen channel’s “Bad Girls Club.”. Diva extracts her entrepreneurial skills with Tamz – The World’s Flyest Beret. Additionally, as a passionate communicator, Keldamuzik launched her podcast, “Diva Talk Podcast,” on iHeartRadio. Through this platform, she engages with listeners, sharing her insights, experiences, and conversations with industry professionals.

Keldamuzik’s single “I Don’t Care” from her album “Diva TV Album” gained prominence when it was featured on Bravo TV’s popular show, “Atlanta Housewives.” This exposure introduced her music to a wider audience, solidifying her status as a versatile artist.

As a passionate communicator, Keldamuzik launched her podcast, “Diva Talk Podcast,” on iHeartRadio. Through this platform, she engages with listeners, sharing her insights, experiences, and conversations with industry professionals.

Keldamuzik’s accomplishments extend beyond music and film when her song “Weight Up” was featured in Sony Pictures’ (2010 dark comedy) “Please Give,” starring Catherine Keener and Amanda Peete, reaching theatres nationwide. Additionally, her anti-violence anthem, “Squash It,” was licensed on MTV’s “Real World San Diego” and Oxygen Channel’s “Bad Girls Club.

To lean more about Keldamuzik go here.
 

Business Networking and Meetup

MODEFA SF is a global marketplace with a one-ofa-kind fashion show that draws designers from all over the world to celebrate cultural diversity. Offering an open booth, a runway fashion display, an art exhibit, exotic food, fun entertainment featuring live music, award giveaways, and more. This event draws customers and exhibitors from all walks of life. MODEFA, considered the best fashion show in San Francisco, focuses on ethnic excellence, modern ethnically influenced haute couture fashion that celebrates one’s cultural heritage with pride, as well as contemporary apparel and accessories featuring wearable technologies in the creative sectors.

ModVation Diversity Ventures Panel Discussion

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Market Place

MODEFA SF is a global marketplace with a one-ofa-kind fashion show that draws designers from all over the world to celebrate cultural diversity. Offering an open booth, a runway fashion display, an art exhibit, exotic food, fun entertainment featuring live music, award giveaways, and more. This event draws customers and exhibitors from all walks of life. MODEFA, considered the best fashion show in San Francisco, focuses on ethnic excellence, modern ethnically influenced haute couture fashion that celebrates one’s cultural heritage with pride, as well as contemporary apparel and accessories featuring wearable technologies in the creative sectors.

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Sponsors

San Francisco Arts Comission
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African Arts Academy operates under a profound commitment to the teaching of arts and crafts originating in Africa and the African Diaspora. We preserve and showcase African cultural heritage through art education, performing arts, and special events based on the spirit of cultural diversity, sustainability, and social justice. In bridging traditional forms and ancient wisdom with new technology, African Arts Academy serves to empower and strengthen our community.

Contacts

(888) 239-8944 
(415) 230-2239

145 9th Street, Suite 208
San Francisco, CA 94103

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