Brooklyn-based Makeela B. Amani, is a prolific Canadian-born artist working in various mediums, including spoken word, painting, sculpture, web design & development, sterling silver jewelry design, and music as a singer, composer and producer.
Makeela produces poetry and visual art containing harsh images that are said to smack convention. Her first book, "Journey Free: The Eighth House " was released in 2000 from the Deep Roots publishing group (a subsidiary of Kibo Books). Her first CD of poetry "KeyVisions: The poetik rantings of Makeela Amani" was released November 2002 on the Blakhand Artistik label. In August 2007, Makeela released her 2nd book of poetry, "Potions & Plots Unraveled from my Locs"; also published by Kibo Books.
Makeela's poetry reflects the love, struggles, and joys of people of African descent and people in general. Makeela's poetry is rhythmic and conveys a high mastery of syllables and soliloquies, love, power and empathy. In the images in her general body of artistic work, she unleashes heavy-handed critiques aimed at those who hurt, and caresses with her words those most in need of comfort.