artist background

Jadele is a performance artist that has worked in music and theater in Chicago, New York, Miami and Cuba for nearly two decades. As an Afro-Cuban Akpon, as well as a classically trained vocalist, she uses voice and sound art to create collaborative works based in black experimental and improvisational performance, to explore healing and embodied memory in the African Diaspora. In 2008 she founded Lukumi Arts. Since 2003, she has worked with notable artists such as Susana Baca, Theaster Gates (Monks of Mississippi), Toshi Reagon, LaTasha Diggs, Karma Mayet Johnson, Nora Chipaumire, Charlotte Brathwaite, Justin Hicks, Meshell Ndegeocello, and UNIVERSES. photo credit: Jesus Baez

Jadele is a performance artist that has worked in music and theater in Chicago, New York, Miami and Cuba for nearly two decades. As an Afro-Cuban Akpon, as well as a classically trained vocalist, she uses voice and sound art to create collaborative works based in black experimental and improvisational performance, to explore healing and embodied memory in the African Diaspora. In 2008 she founded Lukumi Arts. Since 2003, she has worked with notable artists such as Susana Baca, Theaster Gates (Monks of Mississippi), Toshi Reagon, LaTasha Diggs, Karma Mayet Johnson, Nora Chipaumire, Charlotte Brathwaite, Justin Hicks, Meshell Ndegeocello, and UNIVERSES. photo credit: Jesus Baez

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Performing Bara at the Word Rock Sword Concert 2018 created by Toshi Reagon

Performing Bara at the Word Rock Sword Concert 2018 created by Toshi Reagon

Opening Shake Loose: A Celebration of Sonia Sanchez 2019 photo: Chester Higgins

Opening Shake Loose: A Celebration of Sonia Sanchez 2019 photo: Chester Higgins

Tribute to Sonia Sanchez at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (April 2019) curated by Novella Ford and Khalilah Bates photo Chester Higgins

Tribute to Sonia Sanchez at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (April 2019) curated by Novella Ford and Khalilah Bates photo Chester Higgins

Word Rock Sword 2018

Word Rock Sword 2018

Creating Healing Spaces, Bethany Baptist Church, Newark NJ curated by Dr. Courtney Bryan, photo credit: Sameer A. Khan

Creating Healing Spaces, Bethany Baptist Church, Newark NJ curated by Dr. Courtney Bryan, photo credit: Sameer A. Khan

Nathalie Guillaume and Maxine Montilus in La Sirene at JACK 2016, written by Jadele, photo credit: Sokari Ekine

Nathalie Guillaume and Maxine Montilus in La Sirene at JACK 2016, written by Jadele, photo credit: Sokari Ekine

In the Black prophetic tradition, music has been (and is) a vital component in the articulation of our freedom quests. Prophetika captures this truth completely. And what collaborators Justin Hicks, Courtney Bryan, Brandee Younger, and the dazzling Jadele McPherson have done with sound and music in this production is quite profound.
— Jessica Lyne, ARTS.BLACK

News & Updates

New Music Video Release “Bara” May 2019!!!!!!!!

Peace & Quiet EP Release, February 18th, 2019