U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, M.Ed

Award Winning Performance Artist/Author in Boston, Massachusetts

U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, M.Ed

Award Winning Performance Artist/Author in Boston, Massachusetts

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My name is U-Meleni, which in my native Ndebele-Zulu tongue means, “What are we waiting for?” I can’t say that my passionate pursuit of life spanning art, education, and wellness is the result of my name,but it is a perfect fit.

I am Multi-dimensional Teaching Artist.I am an Author and Poet , my debut collection of poetry was releasedApril 19th, 2016, “Soul Psalms”,published by She Writes Press.I could tell you about it, but I will let the generous words of David Updike, author of Old Girlfriends, explain it for you:

"Her Soul Psalms are, indeed, psalms―also songs, poems, chants,passionate incantations in a fearless female voice―a voice at once strident, sometimes angry, but always passionate and tempered with optimism and the healing possibilities of love.”

In conjunction with art, I find engaging people within diverse and boundless environments to be rejuvenating.

I am a Spoken WordArtist/Singer/Musician and one of my greatest joys is sharing the stage with some of Boston's finest musicians and bands: Muzik Makerz, Jeff Robinson Trio, Valerie Stephens, Craig Eleazer, Akili Jamal Haynes, Zeke Martin, Athene Wilson, Zepeng, Lori Dow, Zili Misik as well as International Artists; Tek Niq, Filbert Marova,Comrade Fatso to name a few.

I am an Educator-By applying a holistic student approach, I have facilitated learning environments and encouraged others to grow within them. Applying creative art and “out of the box” methodologies in an appropriate and relevant way has been one of my strengths throughout my career and I am honored to have been recognized for my dedicated effort.

As an empathetic and culturally competent educator, I foster unprejudiced environments that are essential to learning.

I am a MARATHONER :Reaching out and collaborating with others in areas of wellness has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and is an extension of my natural character. As co-founder of the Urban Run Project, which is a start-up initiative that seeks to add more diversity within long distance running in Boston, I have witnessed others experience the freedom that a healthy lifestyle affords.

I AM AN ACTRESS: I have experience gained through film, television, theatre, music. I was a lead actress in ' YA MA AFRIKA" a TV series about 4 African women living in America and their immigrant experiences.

Lets connect if you have projects involving education, creative consulting, program/curriculum developme

  • Education
    • Lesley University
    • UMASS Boston