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All of the Fredericks children inherited a deep appreciation of music, theatre and fine arts. Music was central to their lives. They grew up in a home that cherished sounds from around the globe including Caribbean, African, Latin, Cuban, gospel, and jazz. From the Fredericks' home in Springfield, Massachusetts sprang musicians, singers, actors, producers and painters.

Taj Mahal - a legendary performer, songwriter, composer, and producer. With more than 40 albums and countless collaborations to his credit, Taj Mahal is one of the recording industry's most celebrated contemporary blues artists. An American icon, Taj Mahal is the oldest of the Fredericks siblings. Visit: http://www.tajblues.com

Edward Fredericks - In 1983 Edward established Samuel's Gallery, a premiere art gallery in the San Francisco-Bay Area, specializing in contemporary Black art. Although the "bricks and mortar" gallery was closed earlier this year after 18 years of business, Samuel's Gallery continues to flourish on the Internet. Visit: http://www.samuelsgallery.com

Richard Fredericks - Audio engineer/Seabreeze Audio: Richard's curiosity for what makes things tick fueled his desire for perfection when it comes to technical audio production for studio and live performances. Seabreeze Audio serves individual and organizational clients throughout the Eastern and Middle Atlantic states.

Connie Fredericks-Malone - A former actress and vocal performer, Ms. Fredericks-Malone is an experienced arts manager and public relations professional who serves as manager/spokesperson for CDF Music Legacy. In conjunction with Master Teacher Nancy Gadbois, she presents workshops about Carole's life in France, the French language program Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit! and innovative methodologies available to foreign language educators K-12 at conferences nationwide.

Carole Fredericks - International recording artist, actress, humanitarian, citizen of the world. June 5, 1952 - June 7, 2001.


The Legacy continues in the next generation:

Aya de Leon - Slam Poet Queen: Aya recently performed Cellulite from her critically acclaimed solo show, Thieves in the Temple: the Reclaiming of Hip Hop on HBO's Def Poetry Jam. Thieves... earned Aya an artist residency at New York Theatre Workshop and a spot on tour with the Hip Hop Theater All Stars. In August 2004, she kicked off her Mess With Texas tour with the show Aya de Leon is Running for President. The show is sponsored by Gemini Ink and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Aya de Leon is Running for President premieres in October in San Antonio, Texas. http://www.ayadeleon.com

Jacqueline Beaver Fredericks - Actress: At the front end of her career, Jacqueline is currently studying with the San Francisco Acting Academy.

Safiya Fredericks - Actress: Safiya is currently on tour in the East coast production of WORDS OF CHOICE. See: http://home.earthlink.net/~wordsofchoice/id9.html. Safiya also wowed New York audiences in her debut performance as Ernestine in Crumbs From the Table of Joy at the Flatiron Theatre. For more information about this dynamic actress visit http://safiyafredericks.tripod.com


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