Angela Denise Davis, M.Div., M.S.
Angela Denise Davis, M.Div., M.S., is an ordained minister and a ukulele teacher. She is the founder of Uke Griot, a program that offers ukulele music instruction focusing on awakening musical skills, increasing social engagement, and fostering joy in making music. Angela’s ministerial work focuses on the fusion of art and spirituality enlarging the ground beneath our feet and enriching the ways we move in personal and social spaces. She is also the Creative Director of ZAMI NOBLA (National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging) where she is the creator, host, and producer of the ZAMI NOBLA Podcast and directs the community music program, UKE-In.
Like so many adults, Angela took piano lessons for many years as a child and was involved in the middle school chorus but discontinued her music instruction after high school. She had a profound loss of vision in 2003 which caused her to rethink how to engage music. Angela ultimately discovered the ukulele in 2016, and it changed her life. She believes that almost anyone can learn to play the ukulele and reap a wealth of benefits from music instruction. Angela is especially interested in using music as a tool to help older adults reimagine aging.
Angela has been playing the ukulele for five years and started offering ukulele instruction in January 2019. Her work with the ukulele is focused within the domain of the African American classical and folk music tradition. In addition, she has a broad interest in using the ukulele as a conduit for meditation and healing. She merged her teaching studio, Uke Griot, with ZAMI NOBLA in May 2019 to create a community music program that was welcoming to everyone, with targeted outreach to the LGBTQ community.
During the summer of 2019, ZAMI NOBLA developed a weekly Ukulele June Jam in East Point, Georgia, partnering with the Southeast Community Cultural Center (better known as the Arts Xchange), open to anyone over the age of 18 with a desire to strum and hum. Out of that offering grew our Ukulele Griot Collective, a multi-racial, multi- generational group of queer women who practiced and played music weekly with the goal of playing for humanitarian benefits and aging facilities. Angela directs the ensemble.
She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she earned a B.A. in Art. She also holds a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University.
She is a level 1 candidate in the James Hill Ukulele Initiative teacher certification program.