MWALIM DaPhunkee Professor
Literary Arts; Media; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Theatre, Vocal; Teacher/Instructor
Considered by critics and peers alike to be one of the contemporary masters of the oral tradition, MWALIM “DaPhunkee Professor” (Morgan James Peters) is a multi-award-winning performer, writer, and educator whose works span the mediums of music, literature, theater, and film. A captivating speaker and educator, Mwalim is a show-stopping, favorite keynote presenter at festivals, and conferences; and a dynamic and engaging leader and instructor for Workshops & Presentations. He is a tenured professor of English & Black Studies at UMass Dartmouth as well as a commissioner on the Arts Commission of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
MWALIM’s music: is it soul, jazz, funk, house, rock, or hip-hop? The answer is “Yes”. When you point of entrance into the music industry was as a studio session player, your sense of commitment to a single genre tends to be over-shadowed by the chameleon-like, code-switching requirements of your job. When you make the transition from session player to recording artist, and the sudden need to pigeon hole you become essential, along comes the independent music world to set you free. As the keyboardist and a singer with the Grammy nominated soul-funk band, The GroovaLottos, Mwalim has been dubbed the Godfather of Southcoast Thump & Soul, MWALIM is a leading figure in the multi-genre music movement that is swelling from Cape Cod and the Southcoast of Massachusetts to the world.