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I'm thrilled to be featured on Deepak Chopra's album "Home: Where Everyone Is Welcome." I perform on a track entitled "Compass" that is inspired by Nigerian writer (and frequent American visitor) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The song is about how we are complex, and how we as immigrants may have multiple identities.

This picture of my parents and I was taken in Colombia in 1990. I’m a mix of Native American, on my Mom’s side of the family, and Afro Colombian on my Dad’s side. My father Hernando, is a retired singer who used to sing all the music of the Cuban icon Benny More. My lovely mom Miriam was a housewife and passed away 7 years ago.

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the Universidad del Valle and came to North America to continue my studies in 1999. The 90s was a very difficult time to live in Colombia as there was a lot of violence. Now days I feel very proud to be a part of one of the most prestigious Universities of the Afro Americans, Howard University, as an instructor in the World Languages department. I am also currently enrolled at Howard in a Ph.D. program for a Doctorate in Philosophy in African Studies.

Immigrants are important because they contribute to the development of the country. A country that has been built by immigrants needs those people with diverse backgrounds to foster its progress and evolution.