Kijana Wiseman, M.Ed. is a versatile performer of theatrical and communicative arts. An award-winning lyric coloratura soprano with a 3.5 octave range,


Kijana has been been named the national APCA 2002 Best College Performing Artist of the Year.  Her interactive one-woman show, The Griot, has been named the Best College Diversity Program for 2001 and 2002.   


Classically trained,  Jazz, Pop, Showtunes, Oldies & more!



Winner: APCA Best Diversity Program of the Year 2001
Winner: APCA Performing Artist of the Year 2002
Winner: APCA Best Diversity Program of the Year 2002

Finalist:  APCA Performing Artist of the Year, 2003-2005,

Audio Demos:

Kijana lived in Liberia,  for 6 years, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer, finishing work on her M.Ed specializing in African Theatre while  working and performing with the National Liberian Cultural Troupe, then as a performer, model and TV host of  “Under the Palm Tree with Kijana” (for 3 years) on ELBC-TV.  She sang with Mariam Makeba, Hugh Masakela and, upon returning to America, for several years with the Houston Symphony Chorus, The WABC Workshop Chorus, The Oratorio Society’s Masterworks Chorus and as a Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster Artist.


Kijana credits her finely tuned voice to her vocal coach, famed international opera singer--now residing in Berlin-- David Brewer of Brewer-International.  Most audiences initally think she is a lip syncing with a CD when they first hear her.  She has a working songlist comprised of hundreds of jazz / pop / vaudeville / showtunes and international songs with tracks or live accompaniment and has appeared in over a dozen countries on the American, African and European continents.  She has performed in 20 countries and performed her one-woman show, “The Griot” at over 300 venues in America and Europe.

THE GRIOT

A totally unique audience
Adventure!


National Winner: 

APCA Best College Diversity

Program for 2001 & 2002

HeartSongs

Beautiful, romantic melodies ...perfect for receptions, banquets, parties, country clubs, weddings and special events...

Kijana uses her 3.5 octaves to sing romantic showtunes and melodious originals--and more: Streisand, Norah Jones, Alicia Keyes, Whitney Houston, Natalie/Nat King Cole, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, etc, peppered with the music of Vaudeville, Cats, The Sound of Music, Finian's Rainbow, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Porgy & Bess, etc. Available w/ tracks or live musicians.


Click here for her original love song concert
as a YouTube Demo


Kijana, as The Griot, takes your audience on a time trip back to the dawn of existence while portraying many different types of women in history: an African maiden, slave, gospel choir director, preacher, toddler, jazz, blues, vaudeville rock and even opera singer-- celebrating our common ancestral musical heritage.

THEME VARIATIONS:

The Kwanzaa Griot, The Children's
Griot & The Women's Griot.


Click here to see excerpts of
Kijana as The Griot on YouTube.

Singer / Writer / Lecturer / Griot Storyteller

“Kijana Wiseman is a characer, the likes of which you won’t run across more than once or twice in this lifetime.  In fact just knowing that there is even one person like her in this world is both shocking and exciting.....as The Griot, Wiseman becomes what a viewer described as “a canvas that she paints people on”--changing costumes, voices and personas numerous times in an hour....Caught up in her rhythm, you will look at Wiseman and have a kaleidoscope view...she’ll become alternately, a slave, a gospel choir director, a vaudeville performer and opera and jazz singers, unveiling the message that music unifies people and we are all less different than we may think.”


-Stacy Smith-Segovia,  Go! Staff, the Leaf Chronicle, Clarkesville  TN



“Fields of Gold” Demo

   

“Rebate a Date” 


A candid workshop on the realities of dating survival. Proven techniques to help students avoid date rape, awkward goodbyes, HIV-AIDS, "Homer" and the "Hoochies."     Includes extensive audience participation with interaction, dramatic improv, Q & A and open discussion.  Perfect for high school /college orientations.

“So, What RU Doin’ Bout the Rest of Yr Life?” 

Kijana uses dramatic interp, discussion, role-playing, Q&A and customized worksheets to imbue a sense of self-determination  ...encouraging participants to take control of their lives. This workshop is customized to suit the needs of participants in various stages of life: elementary, teens, college, adults & seniors.


Click here for a downloadable  copy of the participant’s Worksheet.

Workshops: 

“THE GRIOT”

Adaptable Audience Adventures!

APCA Best Diversity Program for 2001 & 2002


Kijana, as The Griot, takes your audience on a time trip back to the dawn of existence while portraying many different types of women in history: an African maiden, slave, gospel choir director, preacher, toddler, jazz, vaudeville rock and even opera singer-- celebrating our common ancestrial musical heritage.


THEME VARIATIONS:


The Kwanzaa Griot,

The Children's Griot,

The Women's Griot

& Griot Love Songs

 


“HeartSongs”
Beautiful, romantic melodies

from both sides of love.


This program is perfect for receptions, banquets, countryclubs and special events...


Kijana uses her 3.5 octaves to sing romantic showtunes and melodious originals--and more: Streisand, Norah Jones, Alicia Keyes, Whitney Houston, Natalie/Nat King Cole, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, etc, peppered with the music of Vaudeville, Cats, The Sound of Music, Finian's Rainbow, Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Porgy & Bess, etc. Available w/ tracks or live musicians. HeartSongs SongList.

THIS VIDEO:

Kijana is shown in concert with award-winning pianist Janie Frazier... performing originals by them both.

THIS VIDEO:

THE GRIOT


Kijana performs her award-winning “singing lecture” as The Griot in several  different venues.

Kijana as The Griot in Atlanta! 
See excerpts here...

If you cannot see the video below, go to
http://youtube.com/moshows

Videos:

Kijana Wiseman

A Unique, Award-winning International Entertainer