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Asha “BOOMCLAK” Santee is a percussion kahuna with a propensity for infectious beats and the inevitable body roll. Born on September 3rd, this San Francisco native has been drumming since the tender age of 6, taking after her father who drummed for their local church In addition to drums, Santee is also a producer, vocalist, educator, and audio engineer. BOOMCLAK’s signature sticks and keys are an asset to several bands across the DMV such as The Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat, The CooLots, Band of Roses, The Huda Asfour Trio and Grammy Award Winning, Mya. Asha currently has three solo projects on all streaming platforms including her latest release, GINKGO. Offstage, BOOMCLAK can be found running her company, Note 2 Self LLC. Here, she designs and creates musically inspired clothing, accessories, and jewelry. In addition, she teaches kids and adults how to play the drums through Bangin’ with BOOMCLAK.
The CooLots are intersectionality personified. The Washington, D.C.-based band embodies a sound that the RAW community describes as a “melting pot of different styles and talents [that] come together to create feelings never experienced before.” The talented individuals that form this eclectic band each carry a style all their own; however, they come together to form a synergetic group that appeals to the eccentric in us all. The CooLots effortlessly move across a spectrum of genres including rock, alternative, indie, soul, and rhythm and blues, just to name a few.
The Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat, Washington, DC based, consists of keyboardist/drummer/producer, Asha Santee (BOOM), and vocalist/songwriter Jennifer Patience Rowe (scat). Together, they create a sound that ignites vulnerability, elevation and self-reflection. Since their conception in the fall of 2012, BOOMscat has released four projects including No Life Jacket EP (#18 on iTunes) and Kinetic which reached #6 on the iTunes Top RnB Albums.
Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. A blend of soul, acapella and folk-Be calls her music QUEER POP. In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's original music features earnest lyricism, and Affirming LGBTQ content.
My fascination with waves goes beyond my love for music. It is a fascination with the sea, the resonance of strings, the cyclic nature of life and more recently electrical waves in one of the most impressive pumps on earth, the heart. Being an engineer and a musician, I find my inspiration in the lab, in nature and in monitoring the finest movements around me. I write, play music and enjoy this journey on earth.
R&B/Soul artist, and singer-songwriter Sydney Franklin released her debut freshman EP Make It Hurt in February 2018. The four track EP has since racked up over 500,000 Spotify streams to date, and the title track, along with the Mac Ayres duet "Forever" currently in rotation on "Sunday Mimosa" - SiriusXM's Ch 48 Heart & Soul radio station and made her debut appearance at the 2018 SXSW Conference and Festival performing at an all-female artist showcase, and has since performed for iHeart Media, SiriusXM, NYC's famed Iridium, Rockwood Music Hall, and DC's own Union Stage. She recently received Honorable Mention recognition from the 2018 Unsigned Only Music Competition for "Make It Hurt," in the Vocal Performance Category.
A creative, lyrical, and insightful storyteller/vocalist, with over 20 years of experience in writing and recording music. A 2016 Source Magazine Unsigned Hype, Yusha makes dope music, that tells a story, and inspires greatness. He believes that his success must be built with the hands and hearts of people, and not off their backs. He uses his music to connect, inspire, and challenge listeners to live life “with great care.”