M. Aleijuan King
(aka Aleijuan Afuraka aka Mark Darkfeather aka Mrk Drkfthr aka ML. King)
FB: Aleijuan Afuraka
FB: Mark Darkfeather
YouTube: lovespacemusic a.m.
Brooklyn-based visual (collage, beading, graphic/interior design), stylist, performance (music, dance, poetry, choreography) artist, and event planner since 1993.
Independent music projects:
The Drkfthr EP… (1999)
The Buttafli Kisses Single (2001)
The Elixifx (2005)
We Are The Stars (2012) by Indysoul featuring Tantra Zawadi & Aleijuan Afuraka
Mermaidz Fr: Outerspace (2013)
Mermaidz Fr: Outerspace is the first project that I’ve written, recorded, and produced on my own.
I also produced abstract video to document the songs on the album for YouTube.
Opened for/shared stage with Bilal, Tamar Kali, N’Dambi, Matin Luther, Saul Williams, Imani Uzuri, Alexis Hightower, and Erykah Badu.
Music video performance includes:
Black Entertainment Television (BET, ’97) Interview, recording artist Erykah Badu
‘AfroBeat Queen’/recording artist Wunmi Olaiya (Crossover, 07)
Actor/poet/recording artist Saul Williams (List of Demands, ’08)
‘Queen of House Music’/recording artist Barbara Tucker (One Desire, 08)
Grammy Award winner/recording artist Gregory Porter (Liquid Spirit, ’13)
Memphis-based recording artist Gabriela (Color of Hurt, ’14)
Performance collaborations include:
The Apollo Theater, CBGB OMFUG, author/journalist Miles Marshall Lewis, choreographer/dancer Brian “Footwork” Green, singer/dancer Cubie Burke, Monique Martin’s Soul Erotica, Tantra Zawadi, Tea Party Music, Cyrus Art Productions, IBLA Grand Prize Award Recipient, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul, choreographer/dancer Camille Brown, Afro Mosaic Soul, Ase’ Dance Theatre Collective, Eva Dean Dance, Lovespacemusic, Maritri Garrett & The Soulfolk Experience, Mo Beasley’s Urban Erotika, actor/singer Malik Yoba, DJ Louie Vega featuring Anane’, The Knitting Factory, HERE Theater, BAM Cafe, Mark Morris Dance Center, The Blue Note
Write copy, produce, and edit video content for social media, including music video shorts on YouTube, channel lovespacemusic a.m.: Young Lion, She Walks (With Her Head Down), Blak Swan, YuStop, Mr. Manning’s Barbershop, Rather Drown, By My Side, Be Yo’ Fool, to name a few.
Composed two ‘rock operas’:
What the Funk is Love? (’03), performed at Aaron Davis Hall
Mermaidz Fr: Outerspace (’19)
Adapted/director for children’s plays:
The Jungle Book (’05)
A Sundiata Story (’06)
Contributing writer/choreographer/director for:
Those Who Hear Not the Music, Think the Gods Mad, performed in Brooklyn (’99)
The Clearing, performed at the Brooklyn Bandshell for Celebrate Brooklyn (’00),
F-Train to Africa performed at BRIC Studios, Brooklyn (’06)