Mama C in Cape Town, South Africa during Poetry Africa tour 2012 Charlotte Hill O’Neal aka Mama C, visual and spoken word artist, musician, filmmaker, long time community activist and co Director of United African Alliance Community Center UAACC based in Tanzania, East Africa is pleased to announce that the Heal the Community Tour is scheduled to begin in early February to mid April 2014 in time for both Black History Month and International Women’s Month activities!

Mama Charlotte will be available to visit your community or school to speak on more than two decades of UAACC outreach in America and East Africa including the UAACC Leaders of Tomorrow Children’s Home program; screen unique and inspiring films; perform her music and poetry and spread the love and inspiration!


In addition to the well known classic, award winning 2004 documentary by Aaron Matthews A PANTHER IN AFRICA, which focuses on the life and history of former Kansas City Black Panther leader and founder of the United African Alliance Community Center UAACC, PETE O’NEAL, Mama C will be available to screen a new documentary about her life as an artist activist by Dr. Joanne Hershfield. Hershfield is an award-winning filmmaker and Director of Women’s Studies department at North Carolina State University at Chapel Hill. The documentary is titled MAMA C: URBAN WARRIOR IN THE AFRICAN BUSH. 
The film premiered at the prestigious PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL in Feb. 2013 and continues to screen at film festivals around the world!

She will have copies of her new poetry book, Life Slices…a Taste of My Heaven along with her first 2008 poetry book Warrior Woman of Peace. 

Mama C performing in Tijuana, Mexico during tour 2013 at Casa del Tunel

Mama C performing in Tijuana, Mexico during tour 2013 at Casa del Tunel

Also available will be her spoken word videos and music albums including her very first nyatiti/obokano album!
Mama C is the first woman in east Africa to play the obokano professionally. The obokano is an eight string African lyre from the Gusii community in western Kenya that was traditionally considered taboo for women to play.
There are about 4 or 5 women in the world who play nyatiti professionally and Mama C is one of them! Nyatiti is also an 8 string lyre from the Luo community in Kenya and was also taboo for women until a Japanese woman musician broke the barrier.

We expect her calendar to fill up rapidly for the 2½ months that Mama C will be on tour in the states from February to mid April 2014 so please don’t wait too late to send your invitations and inquiries!

For inquiries and to make arrangements to bring Mama Charlotte to your school or community contact:

For inquires to screen the film Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush contact Joanne Hershfield at


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