Destiny Muhammad, performing/ recording artist/ composer is also known the Harpist from the Hood, rewrites classical and modern recordings for vocals and harp. Her first introduction to the Harp was at nine years old, however, a trip to Belgium as an adult reintroduced her to the mother of the modern harp--The Kora. Muhammad has quickly become a jazz harp artist of note. Her trajectory is similar to Joni Mitchell in that they both got pigeonholed early on in the folk tradition with their instruments and styles, but both moved towards a kind of 'jazz ever-calling' where songwriting and originality rule.
When most of us think about harp playing and harp players, we envision an angelic figure that is dressed in white and is usually a white female with long flowing straight hair. It is highly unusual to see a black woman on the harp at all, let alone playing jazz, and add on vocals that are quite unique. The jazz world hasn't seen anyone like Destiny since Dorothy Ashby, and AfroSolo been waiting a long time to present her at our festival.