SINA SOUL BIOGRAPHY
SalamaSina-Aurelia Auset-Sekhmet Tupua Pleasant-Soul (Sina Soul Queen) hails from Apia and Savaii, Western Samoa, from the Tu'u'au and Sao families- direct descendant of Queen Salamasina. She is of the Atakapa-Ishek "Sunrise Sunset" and Dineh, Naabeehó Bináhásdzo, tribes Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House People) and Táchii’nii (Red-Running-Into-The-Water) Clan born for Naahilii.
S(hek)ina "Sina" Soul Queen has performed at Presidential, Gubernatorial, Tribal and Mayoral events, military and law enforcement services, sports events and commemorations- internationally and on network television- for the past 30 years, since first singing at the NM Gubernatorial inauguration at age 7 years.
Soul is a world-renowned Socio-Ethnomusicologist, Artist and Educator. Her works as an Author, Playwright, Director, Curandera, Griot, Curriculum Creator, Diversity Directives Specialist, Dancer and Singer/Songwriter span two decades. As Adjunct Faculty in Health & Wellness at UNM Valencia teaching Hip Hop dance, Soul also works in Afro-Cuban curanderismo & Polynesian/Indigenous Pacific Islander traditional medicine. Soul lectures on her "Cante Cura" methodology & Orishas etiological cosmogony in Dr. Eliseo "Cheo" Torres' Curanderismo course in the Anthropology Department at UNM.
She has conducted IROHHC (Indigenous Roots Of Hip Hop Culture) workshops for Native Youth suicide prevention at all 19 pueblos and 3 reservations in New Mexico; this was the topic of her TEDxABQ lecture/performance. Soul served in Americorps during the Hurricane Katrina crisis and was a VISTA for Emergency Grounds Evacuation in Haiti, Cuba and Standing Rock during their respective crises. As a UN Arts Ambassador to Aotearoa New Zealand for the US Embassy with Santa Fe-based dance company, Dancing Earth. Soul was musical director and composer for the Walking At The Edge of Water tour. Alongside Dancing Earth Founding Director, Rulan Tangen, she performed in 5 languages to sold-out audiences at the Wellington Opera House and elocuted trilingual standing-room only lectures at Tapu Te Ranga Museum.
Soul is an alumnae of Brown University, GENAC (Growing Educators in Native American Communities, NACA), CWL (Cultivating Womens' Leadership, BIONEERS), and the University of New Mexico. She founded the APS Superintendent's Student Advisory board in 1993 under Jack Bobroff, was the 1st African-American & 1st Native Miss Teen Albuquerque, the 1st African-American & 1st Native Girls' State Governor, the inaugural recipient of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge Scholarship, the 1st female to win the ABQ City Poetry SLAM Championship title, the 1st African-American J.E.A. (Journalism Excellence Association) HS Journalist of the Year as Anchor, Reporter, Columnist, Journalist and Editor-in-Chief, and remains the only National HS Journalist JEA winner from NM. Pleasant-Soul held the record for the fastest time in the 100 meter hurdles at LCHS under Coaches Henry & Knauber in the State of NM for 22 years; she went on to compete as a Division 1 Track & Field athlete at Brown University under Coach Robert Johnson.
Soul serves as CEO of the 501c3 NM MusicWorks, Founding Director of NM Kwanzaa, Strategic Director of R.I.S.E. (Roots International Sustainable Enterprises) and is an Advisory Board Member of P.A.T.H. (Preserving Archiving Teaching Hip Hop). She co-chaired the 2016 APS Student Handbook Revision Committee, serves on the APS Equity & Engagement Committee, is member of FUE (Families United for Education) and teaches "The Feminine Force" Girls' Empowerment course @ Warehouse 508. Her "D.I.O.S.A." Goddess Reification and Women's Empowerment courses have been integrated into curricula at 4 of 7 Ivy League institutions.
Hailed in the reggae world as "Empress Lion S.", known in the Latin Music community as "La Diosa" and in the Jazz/HipHop/R&B communities as "Sina Soul Queen"- Soul toured the globe with George Clinton & P-Funk as a Bride, sang as a supporting vocalist for Erykah Badu, the Marleys and the Wailers and shared the stage with such legendary greats as Cassandra Wilson, Celia Cruz, K.R.S.O.N.E., The Roots and Ziggy Marley before returning to NM. A studied classical pianist, mezzo soprano, percussionist and multi-genre, multilingual Singer-Songwriter, Soul rocks spiritual chants, and slays in the jazz, reggae, salsa, R&B, neo-soul, gospel, country and blues genres. Her musical presentations are the only ones in the domestic United States offering performance in eight languages.
Soul is the Mother of two sons, both born October 10th in the water via natural childbirth- Solomon-Apiliato Marley Soul-Bowe, Tóbájíshchíní (Born for Water) and Justus-Tagaloa Soul-Bowe, Naayéé’neizghání (Slayer of Monsters). Soul is a Fire Carrier, and a Water Warrior committed to the infinite protection and holistic preservation of our beautiful Planet & All Beings upon Her.
~ 2017 BIOGRAPHY by Raven Black
SINA SOUL QUEEN