KIJANA

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A Unique, Award-winning International Entertainer

Kijana Wiseman, M.Ed. is a versatile performer of theatrical and communicative arts. This award-winning lyric coloratura soprano has a 3.5 octave range, and has been performing since she was four years old--professionally since the age of nine. She has won the City of Houston Talent Competition and been voted nationally as the Best College Performing Artist of the Year.  Her interactive one-woman show, The Griot, has won Best College Diversity Program for two years in a row.   


Kijana began her theatrical career as a child actress at Houston's Theatre Inc. and Alley Theatre where she held many lead roles in musicals and plays. A former member of the famed Sudan Arts Southwest guerilla theatre group, she received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Houston and her Masters, specializing in African Theatre, as a result of joint studies at Texas Southern University and the University of Liberia, West Africa.  Kijana lived in Liberia,  for 6 years, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer, working and performing with the National Liberian Cultural Troupe, then as a performer, model and TV host of  “Under the Palm Tree with Kijana” (for 3 years) on ELBC-TV.  She sang with Mariam Makeba, Hugh Masakela and, upon returning to America, for several years with the Houston Symphony Chorus, The WABC Workshop Chorus, The Oratorio Society’s Masterworks Chorus and as a Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster Artist.


Kijana credits her finely tuned voice to her vocal coach, famed international opera singer--now residing in Berlin-- David Brewer of Brewer-International.  Her voice is so crisp and her sound so clean that most audiences think she is a lip syncing with a CD when they first hear her.  She has a working songlist of hundreds of jazz / pop / vaudeville / showtunes and international songs with tracks or live accompaniment and has appeared in over 20 countries on the American, African and European continents. 



She has appeared in over 20 countries and performed
her one-woman show, “The Griot” at over 300 venues
in America and Europe. Kijana is happily married to the love of her life,
Aundra Sebastian Fusilier.

“Rebate a Date” 


A candid workshop on the realities of dating survival. Proven techniques to help students avoid date rape, awkward goodbyes, HIV-AIDS, "Homer" and the "Hoochies."     Includes extensive audience participation with interaction, dramatic improv, Q & A and open discussion.  Perfect for high school /college orientations.

“So, What RU Doin’ Bout the Rest of Yr Life?”  

Kijana uses dramatic interp, discussion, role-playing, Q&A and customized worksheets to imbue a sense of self-determination  ...encouraging participants to take control of their lives. This workshop is customized to suit the needs of participants in various stages of life: elementary, teens, college, adults & seniors.


Here is  a downloadable  copy of the
participant’s Worksheet:
WRUD-WorkBooklet.pdf

THE GRIOT

Adaptable Audience Adventures!

National Winner:  APCA Best College Diversity Program for 2001 & 2002


Kijana, as The Griot, takes your audience on a time trip back to the dawn of existence while portraying many different types of women in history: an African maiden, slave, gospel choir director, preacher, toddler, jazz, blues, vaudeville rock and even opera singer-- celebrating our common ancestral musical heritage.

THEME VARIATIONS: The Kwanzaa Griot,
The Children's Griot & The Women's Griot.


Click here to see excerpts of Kijana as
The Griot on YouTube..

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                             Kijana’s GRIOT PROGRAM.pdf      

HeartSongs

Beautiful, romantic melodies ...perfect for receptions, banquets, parties, country clubs, weddings and special events...

Life-Sculpting Workshops: 

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Offerings are available with tracks and live musicians and as a part of Kijana’s  speciality programs:   “The Griot”, “HeartSongs” plus Christian Spirituals and special music for Weddings, Funerals, Banquets, Parties, Receptions, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, MLK Day Freedom Songs and a smattering of songs in select foreign languages ... just ask for your favorites.  Kijana reads music, is a quick study...and her 3.5 octave range can probably accommodate you!  Check out her must current Songlist!

Shows: 

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Kijana uses her 3.5 octaves to sing romantic showtunes and melodious originals--and more: Streisand, Norah Jones, Alicia Keyes, Whitney Houston, Natalie/Nat King Cole, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, etc, peppered with the music of Vaudeville, Cats, The Sound of Music, Finian's Rainbow, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Porgy & Bess, etc. Available w/ tracks or live musicians.


Click here for her original love song concert on YouTube.

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Kijana Wiseman AS

THE GRIOT

Kijana takes you on a musical time trip with stories, poems, songs
and audience participation ...

SAT  •  FEB 12, 2011  •   2PM

at Houston’s downtown
Discovery Green Public Library
1500 McKinney, #R2, Houston TX 77010
832-393-1375


SUN  •  FEB 20, 2011  •   5PM

Ministers for Christ Christian Center
5208 South Acres, Houston, TX  77048

...Map & Directions


 
Bring your family!
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Need to Promote your program?


Visit this PROMO PAGE or download and print these handy files for your event!


Kijana-GRIOT BROCHURE-2013.pdf


Also...

  1. GriotPoster-11x17.pdf

  2. Griot-Promo+FullProgram.pdf

  3. The Children’s Griot Program.pdf

  4. Griot-fillin-flyers.pdf  

  5. Kijana-Bio&Resume.pdf


Kijana Wiseman, M.Ed.

Griot / Digital Diva  / Singer /  Lecturer


APCA Performing Artist of the Year, 2002 
APCA Diversity Program of the Year 2001 & 2002

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Juneteenth at Houston’s

Emancipation Park:

3018 Dowling at Elgin, Houston, TX 77004...MAP


June 14: 5-8pm
42nd  Juneteenth Parade from TSU to Emamcipation Park followed by the Juneteenth ‘Freedom Fest.


June  19  2pm  1

42nd Annual Juneteenth Festival w/Food, Vendors, Church Choirs, Contests, Bands, Arts & Crafts, Musical/Drama Entertainment, Speeches... & more! performer@juneteenthfest.com  vendors@juneteenthfest.com

Here Kijana is the last 2 minutes of Kijana in singing a cover of Alicia Keys’  song from Empire, “Powerful”

Kijana performs a medley of the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” at the Houston Procurement Breakfast at Houston Community College.

“Before Television Was Invented,
...there was...



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2016-2017 PROGRAMS 
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Kijana performs excerpt from a cover performance of Adele’s Hello for a local banquet.

“She’s a canvas that she

paints people on.”

-The Star Telegram



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FANTASTIC SHOW! What a delightful trip through history with song and stories. The students enjoyed participating and learning at the same time. We just loved your voice! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful performance.

-Joan Buchanan, Coordinator of Student Activities, Bluefield State University, Bluefield West Virgini

KIJANA, YOU’RE AMAZING! There was  so much positive feedback about your presentations...please consider performing next year at the Sam Houston Folk Festival!

-Ahia Shabaaz, Cultural Advisor, Sam Houston Folk Festival

Ms. Wiseman, I was a student of yours many many years ago at American Cooperative School in Liberia.
I am so glad to find you again. I cannot express the impact you have made upon me and my life. I hope this finds you well!

        - Laura Stark

A 4 minute demo of Kijana performing  scenes from her 90 minute show
“The Griot” at the APCA 2016 conference in Dallas Texas, October, 2016