Amani Will is a long time student of the heart, a practitioner of the sacred smile, and an engineer of the opening eye. As a child of an interracial marriage, two grassroots organizers, and the turmoil of Oakland’s 1980’s, Amani has been active in the community since middle school. What started as a response to direct and systemic violence has continued as a life’s work, and over two decades later he has helped to develop and implement widely used and internationally shared curriculum for youth of all ages, service providers, community organizations, the private sector, and the public.
He has facilitated, organized, consulted, program managed, and co-created with organizations like Diversity Works, The P.O.W.E.R Movement, The Mosaic Project, Generation Waking up, Challenge Day, The Mind Body Awareness project, UC Berkeley, Sarah Lawrence, Mills College, Mindful Life, and the EastBay Meditation center. In Musical Ceremony under many names; as producer, engineer, emcee, singer and songwriter and as a member of the Bay Area’s evolutionary hip-hop family ‘The Attik’, he has shared stages with Krs-One, Goapele, Brett Dennen, E-40, Dead Prez and more. Wa Ama is also the beat behind favorites from Los Rakas, Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, Bicasso from the Living Legends, Ise Lyfe and more.