Introducing your Next American Idol: Naima Adedapo

In case you don’t know we have a Milwaukee contestant in American Idol. Her name is Naima Adedapo and she is definitely one of Milwaukee’s finest!

I hope you will take some time to support her tonight and throughout as her competition is fierce. Our voting numbers have been weak so we need to show up and make our voice heard for this amazing hometown talent.

Naima is a 2003 graduate of St. Joan Antida High School, and was a former student of mine. This young lady is a very good example of a strong woman and she is worthy of our support.

Prior to making the American Idol cut, Naima was working maintenance at Summerfest for some time. She is an artistic person by nature, but work in this field is very hard to come by. She has two little girls and has done all she can to support her young family while trying to practice her calling in the fine arts. She is a fantastic dancer and singer!! With her free time, Naima teaches dance and the arts to young people all around the state as well as performing for Ko-Thi Dance Company and CAPITA (City At Peace In The Arts) Productions respectively. She also hosts poetry evenings and does a lot of work trying to keep Milwaukee a beacon of the fine arts, especially in the urban area where art programs so hard to find.

As a student she was always very talented and gifted. She stood out as the “beautiful flower” she is. Her name also means “beautiful flower.” As a teen she was always respectful and true to her convictions, which is not easy to do at such a young age.  Anything I asked her to sing, she did it and did it well. She is the consummate professional! I could always count on her for leadership and she always challenged herself and those around her to do better and always give 110% never asking for anything in return but to share our gifts with others and enjoy the blessing of our life with others.

Naima is the daughter of Adekola Adedapo who has been a fixture of Milwaukee’s jazz scene since the late 1970′s. Adekola has sung with music legends like Cab Calloway, released her own CD and performed as an actress with several Milwaukee companies. Her mom is a legend in her own right! A purchase of her CD’s is a wise investment as well!!

 

As you can see from Naima’s performances, she is the complete package, infusing African dance and several cultures into her presentations. Please do take a moment to watch her dazzle the audience with her rendition of Martha and the Vandella’s “Dancing in the Streets.”

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEBPgJlVFe0

 

Thanks for reading this and please pass this along to everyone. Voting is worldwide!! You can text (AT&T), vote online, or call. Idol gives out the number at the end of each performance.

 If you should like to learn more about Naima and want to know more about supporting her, please visit the link below.

http://www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_10/naima_adedapo/

Peace Family,

WW

 

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