Titus Fotso is like no other. More than a dancer, he is a multi linguist, Multimedia Designer, a scholar, master teacher, choreographer, movement director, filmmaker, videographer, Sound Designer, award winning singer/songwriter, music producer, AWA Brand™️ creator, Brand ambassador and more.
Titus Fotso’s multifaceted career has captured the attention of people from around the world. In his native Cameroon, Titus began his formal training in traditional dances at the age of eight. By the age of sixteen, leading his high school Dance Team, he won the annual “FETE DE LA JEUNESSE” National Dance Contest at the Cameroonian Cultural Center in Yaoundé-Cameroon, in two categories (Best Traditional, and Best Contemporary Choreography). He was then invited and started studying Cameroonian classical dance styles and techniques with the National Ballet and the “Baobab” of Paul Kengmo while learning and practicing his songwriting skills as well as recording his first music demos with the help of two veterans members of the National Orchestra, the late Amougou Mballa and Abou Bass, followed by a five years-Artist Development and Recording Contract deal with Soyoko Music.
Titus early success inspired him to adventure into various other forms of movement, culminating in the development of his own brand of “Afro-inclusive” dance he calls KOSSA DANCE*. Led by this passion for African art forms of dance, Titus traveled extensively throughout the African Continent, training with prestigious Dance Companies in Senegal, Congo (DRC) and the Ivory Coast.
“Titus Fotso stands in the gap between the present and the past, preserving and perpetuating the rich tapestry of Africa’s traditions.”
Titus states that “KOSSA DANCE” has always been with him, a concept, which to him seemed as natural as movement itself. “My life and all the paths I have taken have led me to “KOSSA”, says Fotso.”I cannot separate myself from the idea of a language that bridges Africans together as a single people, and I have found that language to be the rhythms, songs and dances of the African People.”
“Titus Fotso is profound in his philosophies and to hear him speak is both educational and inspiring, a true griot (Oral Historian) of the 21st century.”
It is intrinsic to all African Music and Dance to depict both the historical and current events of the environment and its people. So while carefully respecting the fundamental movements of Traditional African Dance, Titus acts as a vehicle for the translation of tradition into movements that speak to the sounds and cultural experiences of the present day. His extensive dance vocabulary ensures authenticity, originality and creativity. Titus ties traditional African Dance movements to the popular American Hip-Hop Sound, as a powerful teaching tool in out reach youth dance programs, for understanding about their ancestral roots*.
Titus believes initiating new students into traditional African Dance forms, choreographing new African ballets, and translating traditional African dances into new forms of contemporary dance are all essential elements necessary to the preservation of the African cultural heritage. This African heritage is an oral tradition, whereby the history, lifestyles and social customs of daily life in Africa, are passed down from generation to generation through dance and music. Titus Fotso is a living expression of the philosophy of his ancestors and hopes to preserve in himself and in his students, their teachings through the same oral traditions.
Titus Fotso has created and developed a standard curriculum for the “KOSSA” form of dance and technique. He hopes to integrate this curriculum into an accredited program of certification for students and teachers of dance around the world.
“I believe, as certain as people change and evolve, so too will the songs and dances that are used to interpret and define us. At the same time we must remember that our past, our history, is the light by which we are able to, with clarity, navigate our present and, with confidence, head towards our future” — Titus Fotso.
Satisfied with his mastery of African Dance, Titus turned his focus to the West, leaving his beloved Africa to become a student of modern and jazz dance at the Paris Centre Studio in France. The completion of this western dance training launched him into the spotlight of the Los Angeles art scene where his star continues its assent. To date his dance appearances include; cast member and associate choreographer in Debbie Allen’s theatrical productions of “Soul Possessed” (1999,2000, 2001) for the Kennedy Center and the Alliance Theatre Company, dance consultant in Debbie Allen’s “Pepito’s Story”(2003), and The Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker(2017, 2018, 2019)
Dance consultant and choreographer of the Congo Square scene of “Romeo and Juliet” for The Theatre at Boston Court (2003).
In U.S.A. he appeared in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad”, the HBO Special’s “MIDDLE OF PASSAGE” directed by Debbie Allen, lead dancer and associate choreographer for the musical Theatre “From the Heart of Love” directed by Richard Lawson.
Titus Fotso has been honored to Choreograph, perform and share the stage with world-renowned Artists such as: The Rolling Stone, Stevie Wonder, Debbie Allen, George Clinton, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Carmen de Lavallade, Pauletta Washington, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, just to name a few.
Additionally, Titus is founder of the JTF World Dance and Research Project; the AFREEKA DANCE rEVOLUTION Project. AFREEKA WITH ATTITUDE ™️ project.
Titus Fotso has been a Distinguished Chancellor’s Lecturer/master teacher in several Dance Institutions across the USA, Director of the AFRICADANCE CONFERENCE, and Senior Faculty member, master teacher of African Classical Dance styles and techniques at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.
“Their sound is huge, lyrically it’s fun and she is a perfect
example of why women are born to rock”
– Tracey Moyle, Good Call Live Magazine
Known for her devilish sass and theatrical performance, Jollee takes you on a wild Wonder Woman Rock n Roll ride to the other side. Combining old school rock with heavy blues; these hard rockers are recreating history and making it their own with powerfully fierce vocals, heavy drum beats, unique guitar riffs and thick bass lines, Jollee’s innovative and energetic tunes are truly unshakable.
Hailing from Gold Coast, Australia these rockers are passionate, quirky, hella funny and put on a performance you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Rafael (pronounced Hafael) Moreira, began singing at age four and performing on the nylon string acoustic guitar at age six, taught by his mother, a music teacher, singer and songwriter in Brazil. With his first electric guitar at age eight, he formed a band with his two older brothers as the rhythm section and began performing live.
Rafael’s debut instrumental album Acid Guitar (an eclectic instrumental blend of Rock, Jazz and Brazilian music with vocal lines complimenting the song’s melodies and soulful, shredding guitar solos), was well ahead of its time, but the project established him with audiences worldwide as well as spotlighting him as a preeminent musician and relentless performer at concerts and clinics in the U.S., Singapore, Japan and Australia.
Rafael went on to front his own band, the rock trio Magnetico, releasing their debut album Songs About The World in 2008 and touring Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S. In 2015 Magnetico joined the KISS KRUISE V lineup, on the bill with KISS, Steel Panther, Lita Ford and The Dead Daisies.
In 2016, with a new lineup, Magnetico went on a U.S. tour supporting satirical hard rock sensation Steel Panther. On July 4, Magnetico had their biggest show yet, opening for KISS at the AVA Amphitheatre in Tucson, Arizona. In October 2016, after releasing their new full-length album Death Race, Magnetico joined heavy weight rock bands King’s X, Skid Row, Brad Whitford and KISS themselves for another set of shows at the KISS KRUISE VI. For KISS KRUISE VIII in 2018, Rafael and Magnetico were invited back to play alongside original KISS guitar royalty and original member Ace Frehley.
Rafael was invited to perform with one of the most iconic guitarists in music, Steve Vai, for “Big Mama Jama Jamathon,” a 52-hour live Guinness Book of World Record-breaking performance inaugurating Musicians Institute’s Live House in Hollywood, CA. In 2019, he recorded on Paul Stanley’s forthcoming Soul Station album and he produced, arranged, sang and played nylon-string acoustic guitar on British singer-songwriter Zoe Scott’s brand new collection of Antonio Carlos Jobim classics.
In 2018 Rafael conducted clinics in Tokyo and Osaka at the ESP Musical Academy, and EM&T Music School in San Paulo, Brazil. These Japanese clinics coincided with Rafael’s role as lead guitarist for Paul Stanley’s Soul Station, a 13-piece band performing a 12-show residency at Billboard Live in both cities. In California in 2017 and 2018, Rafael conducted two days of master classes at Citrus College in Azusa, CA.
Since moving to the U.S. as a teenager to attend music school in Los Angeles, he has performed and/or recorded as lead guitarist and backing vocalist with music’s most recognized artists, including Don Felder (The Eagles), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Dave Navarro, Natasha Bedingfield, Tommy Lee, Sheryl Crow, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Melissa Etheridge and international stars Shakira, Vasco Rossi, Utada and Koshi Inaba (B’z). Working with Brazilian artist Jay Vaquer, Rafael contributed guitar to two albums, Canções de Exílio in 2016, and Ecos do Acaso e Casos de Caos in 2018.
As a house band member and featured lead guitarist, Rafael has commanded center stage on hit television shows American Idol seasons 13, 14 and the final season finale, 15 (2014, 2015 and 2016). In 2015, he was the house band guitar player for the remake of the classic game show To Tell the Truth on ABC hosted by Anthony Anderson. Also in 2015, Rafael was invited to perform on ABC’s Greatest Hits with emerging star Alessia Cara and legendary Poison vocalist, Brett Michaels. Rafael’s wailing guitar solos were seen and heard by millions of viewers on the NBC television vocal competition show The Voice on seasons three and four (2012 and 2013) and 2009’s Rock the Cradle on MTV.
Recognized for his electrifying guitar playing and stage performances, Rafael gained his broad fan base in the House Band for CBS’s Rock Star: INXS and Rock Star: Supernova. Appearing on the show catapulted Rafael into an online sensation, making him the talk of the day on show-related blogs worldwide as well as on-air mentions from the likes of Dave Navarro, who was quoted raving: “Rafael Moreira is one of the greatest guitar players in the world!”
With his undeniable television visibility and on camera experience, Rafael has performed on virtually every early, daytime and prime time talk and awards show in the U.S. plus major shows throughout Europe, Asia and Australia including the legendary Top of the Pops in the UK. Notable appearances include Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Latin Grammys, American Music Awards, VH-1 Divas, VH-1 En Vogue, MTV Music Awards, ALMA Awards and Good Morning America. Rafael also gained national attention for his performances on American Idol’s “Rock Week” 2009, and the 2009 ESPY Awards on ESPN (on slide guitar with Wyclef Jean).
In the summer of 2013, Rafael took the stage for his biggest gig yet: a solo performance of his own rock version of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for 70,000 live fans and over three hundred million viewers worldwide to open the Bridgestone Libertadores Cup final soccer match between Atletico Mineiro vs. Olimpia at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
All of Rafael’s achievements contributed to his landing the cover of legendary publication Guitar Player Magazine online, as well as other magazine features around the world including twice appearing on the cover of Guitar Load – most recently in 2018 — with features in Guitar Class and Guitar Clinic. Rafael also joined other renowned guitarists Joe Satriani, Steve Luthaker and Richie Kotzen to judge the annual Guitar Player Magazine “Guitar Hero” Competition. In Brazil, his home state magazine, Circulando Aqui, placed him on the cover in 2018.
Also recognized for his songwriting talents, in 2009 Rafael reached a music publishing agreement with Bug/Chrysalis Music (BMG), the world’s largest independent music publisher representing the works of legendary artists like Johnny Cash, Pete Townshend and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
As a songwriter and producer, in addition to being behind the board for his own projects, Rafael has worked with many different artists like Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble, CBS’s Rockstar), Scilla Siekmann (Eurovison finalist), co-writing and producing the band Thief in the Night’s debut EP Under the Influence, Lara Karuna and Keyrei. Rafael also has written music for TV shows such as the prime time series Cold Case, video games (Spawn), documentary and feature films, plus trailers for Hollywood blockbusters like Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
The Aliens were formed at the request of David Catching (guitar player for Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal) to open up for his band Earthlings? at The Opium Den in Hollywood in November of 1998.
Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Them Crooked Vultures) was in the audience of that first gig and requested The Aliens adjourn with him out to The Rancho De La Luna recording studio in Joshua Tree, California to take part in a series of recordings he had been doing called The Desert Sessions. The Aliens were featured in Desert Sessions Volume 6.
This illustrious beginning started a career of playing such unorthodox venues as a whore house, funeral, several rumbles (that is, appearances that turned into rumbles), many desert generator parties, and a summer residency at a transvestite/butch dyke bar.
The Aliens That Ate Hollywood are currently touring the Universe and were last seen playing at a hole in the wall on the outskirts of Uranus.
The Aliens were delighted when asked to make an appearance (abduction) at Radio Venice TV.