Introducing our two new members of staff – Naomi Reid, Dathliad Cymru-Affrica Project Manager; and Suleiman Atta, Creative Steps Project Officer.
Steps up as Project Manager for our Connect & Flourish project in partnership with Neuadd Ogwen, BACA, and Abdrrahim Elhabchi; funded by the Arts Council of Wales. Naomi will be busy developing the multi-venue, pan-Wales festival concept in readiness for delivery in 2023.
Naomi originally from Shropshire, spent 17 years in London and is now based in Carmarthenshire where she lives with her partner and young son. She has over 22 years’ experience in the not for profit sector and music industry, specialising in events management, communications, projects and office management and artist management. Naomi was with African women’s NGO FORWARD (working to end violence against African girls/women) working in various capacities from Trustee to Communications and Events Manager, here she used her passion for the arts to set up Musicians Unite to End Female Genital Mutilation (MUTEFGM) and Artists Unite to End FGM projects which included touring Ivorian Dobet Gnahore and US Blues artist Corey Harris. She has mostly worked with the African diaspora in the UK/Europe and on projects in Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria. Naomi runs her own arts organisation Chanya Culture Promotions which supports African musicians/artists with a social change element to their work.
Suleiman is starting in a research role as part of a development project – first mapping the Afro-Welsh music scene in terms of projects, support, and initiatives – so may be in touch very soon.
Suleiman hails from Bauchi, Nigeria. He recently graduated from the University of South Wales with a BA in Popular and Commercial Music. Suleiman arrived in Wales in 2013 and absolutely loves Wales. He is also a singer and songwriter and specialises in making afro-beat music. In 2014 he won first place in a Welsh Factor competition and has been performing ever since. Suleiman now currently lives in Cardiff with his younger brother. He is fluent in Hausa which is a native language of Nigeria.