Blessings to all. For those who are interested, there will be a memorial this Tuesday, October 10th 2017 at the Johnson Houses Community Center to honor our brother Dahu’s life.
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Address: 1833 Lexington Avenue (113th street between Lexington and 3rd)
This image was created by our family at the mighty Guerrilla Republik. Thank you so much for taking the time to honor our brother Dahu Ala in this way. #papuhu #dahuala #livetoresist #thewelfarepoets #guerrillarepublik IZ Guerrilla Republik, Rabb Love, And Capital x
Bio: Dahu Ala, born Keith Hughes, on February 26th 1954 in Harlem, NY, was a poet, musician, community activist, historian, and a founding member of The Welfare Poets music collective. At an early age Dahu was entrapped by this racist judicial system and began a journey in and out of their prisons since 16. Upon his final release in the early 90s, he began to focus more on music and the trumpet in particular, after being taught at a local school in East Harlem as a youth. He began playing with Salsa bands in the area as well as other groups, which eventually caught the attention of Ray Ramirez, one of the bandleaders of newly established Welfare Poets and long-time neighbor to Dahu Ala — living directly upstairs from him most of his life. Dahu’s entrance into The Welfare Poets in the mid 90s started an over 2 decade experience of playing around the country and world. It is also with The Welfare Poets where he recorded some of the classic songs including “Divine Decree,” and “Just Die.” Referred to by some as the Mayor of East Harlem, Dahu leaves behind 3 children, a son and two daughters, 1 grandchild, and countless of fans and admirers all throughout Harlem, across the country and around the world. If you knew Dahu or ever heard him recite, you understood that he was truly a unique spirit and a loving warrior for his people. WP 4 Ever!