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Music writing and production powerhouse, Akia Uwanda has released her long-awaited debut album, Lift. The multi-melodic compilation is comprised of several music genres, including R&B, blues, funk, soul, and gospel, while remaining true to her beloved jazz.


Lift takes you on an inspirational journey through the light and shadows of Akia's own life, with whimsical and fictional overtones. Lift is an infusion of fresh, sensuous, and provocative original songs, along with familiar jazz standard and classic ballads.


In creative partnership with Akia, musical mastermind Larry M. Wilson provided arrangements and production, with lyrical enhancements and instrumental inflections. He co-created Lift as an exploration into the alluring, multiethnic sounds of Africa and Latin America.


Lift is a vivacious, high-energy creation that will enchant its listeners.

Akia's Upcoming Event

This adaptation of The Color Purple produced by Stage Aurora, a 501 c3 and the oldest black theatre company in Florida. This is a Reunion Benefit Concert style performance with former and new cast members. Visual Presentations will be used to transcend you to 1909-1947 along with dynamic singing, acting, and dancing similar to the Broadway Productions with more of a structured concert style, like the Tony Awards.

Two performance will take place Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 2 pm and 7 pm at FSCJ KENT CAMPUS, ROOSEVELT BLVD, JAX, FL.

 I’m playing your favorite church lady, Darlene!! Hope to see you there!


For tickets, go to or click on the flyer below.

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Click the video below for a preview of Akia Uwanda Jazz/Soul Dinner Parties.

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